This is the first post in the Patio 101 series. With the first few rays of sunlight finally gracing us, we start blissfully seeing the end of a long and dreary winter! I think we all know the cold season is only nice until New year’s eve. After that, it just starts dragging… But spring and summer are around the corner, time to plan for outdoor living! Read on to discover all the best ideas for outdoor seating, whether you have a patio, a balcony, or a small terrace.
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Outdoor seating ideas for (really) small spaces
If you only have the smallest space to get some fresh air, don’t despair! The key is to find multifunctional furniture, like this gorgeous wooden seating bench from Wayfair. It doubles as a storage trunk to keep your outdoor space clutter-free. Pair it with this bench cushion for a fresh Mediterranean look.
For the tiniest of all balconies, it may be impossible to fit in any furniture. To make the best of the space, get some low-rise floor cushions or poufs. These round straw cushions from Amazon are a steal! Adding some greenery with a few plants and flowers will tie the space together. If the sun orientation doesn’t allow you to keep anything alive, try decorating with some vases filled with fried florals.
If you love the relaxed Boho vibe and you have a solid awning, why not attach a hanging chair like this one? Don’t worry about the weather, the polyester and cotton blend makes the fabric durable. It’s a great idea for a small patio as freeing up floor space will make the space will more light and airy.
Small patio seating ideas
If you have a small patio, lucky you! You have more space than most and this gives you a lot of leeways to decorate your outdoor space.
Get some patio furniture to anchor your space and make it feel like a genuine extra room to your house. Finding small-scale pieces is key to achieving good proportions. A large outdoor sectional would definitely look boxed in. This small-sized loveseat from Target is perfect for small patios and won’t break the bank!
For truly functional furniture, go foldable! Adding a few folding lounge chairs like these will give you more freedom to move things around to suit your current needs. Pull them together when you have some friends over, turn them around to bask in the sun, or fold them to make some space. This is the key to creating both a seating AND an eating area in the smallest patio!
Complete your outdoor decor by laying a few floor cushions and poufs around to create more seating. Try this woven ottoman for a touch of Boho! These won’t take up much floor space but will definitely add to the aesthetic of your patio.
Find other Patio 101 posts here:
- Ideas for Outdoor Seating
- Patio Set Up Ideas to Create an Outdoor Eating Area
- Small Space Garden Ideas