As is the case with cramped interiors, when you’re short on outdoor space, you have to think a little bigger to live large. Whether you’ve got a modest balcony or puny patio, porch or patch of grass, we say let’s rise to the challenge of high style on a smaller scale!
Portable Picks in Small Space Outdoor Furniture
When space comes at a premium, having as much flexibility as possible is a major plus. That’s where mobile outdoor furniture comes in. Being able to roll it, fold it, grab it and store it with ease makes small space living that much more livable.
More Form. More Fun-ctional Outdoor Furniture
Making the most of a small space means doubling up on form and function. Need a little inspiration? We’ve got plenty of ideas! Think two-in-one seating options and multipurpose furniture that merges seating with storage…seating with shade…and so on. That way you get everything you need in a smaller footprint.
Make it your cozy little corner of the world. The perfect spot for ice tea for two…or just you. A place to catch your breath while the kids are at school…enjoy a good read on a beautiful day…or sip a glass of wine under the stars. Warm it up with pillows, candles and a few weather-safe home accents to make it all your own.
Think Big Pops of Color
No matter how small, an outdoor living space should be an uplifting place, full of energy and vitality. If you love the idea of high-impact color and low-maintenance care, check out the perks of plastic outdoor furniture.
Even a pint-size bistro table with stools can be a big hit in a small outdoor area. If it’s just the two of you, a pair of rockers or Adirondack chairs with an end table might be plenty to fill your outdoor space in a cool, colorful way.
Get into the Swing of Small Outdoor Space Living
Just because you’re limited on outdoor real estate doesn’t mean you should spare yourself comfort.
A big trend that works for small spaces: hammocks.
With a hammock, you can turn your modest outdoor space into a hip, hippie hideaway—and maybe even enjoy some pretty groovy health benefits. Recent studies have revealed that the gentle rocking motion and “zero-pressure point” ergonomics of hammocks can actually help you fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. After a long, hard day, falling into the cradling comfort of a hammock can be heavenly.
If a hammock isn’t quite your style, maybe rock a glider loveseat or cushioned outdoor swing. Nicely scaled for smaller spaces, they’re perfect for cozying up with a good book—or a special someone.
Less-Is-More Room to Spread Out
Think you can’t swing a sectional in a small outdoor space? You might be surprised. There’s a wide range of options in outdoor sectional sizes. Some L-shape designs strike the perfect compromise between cozy and accommodating. Keep in mind, a cushioned ottoman can work triple time as a table, footrest and additional seating, giving you that much more bang for your buck.
When it comes to outdoor living spaces…the sky’s the limit, even when space is limited.