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Owners of small outdoor areas can all relate to the struggles that come with the modest square footage: angling chairs just right to get a sliver of sun, bumping knees with your partner while you lean over your meals, your deck becoming a full-blown jungle when you've only added three plants. But leaving outdoor areas bare means you can't fully take advantage of having your own personal space outside.
When it comes to outfitting small outdoor patios with furniture, they pose many of the same challenges as pint-sized interior rooms—the number one dilemma being there is much less space to make it livable and on par with your style. While that may be the case, it's far from impossible. A large outdoor space isn't required for pulling up a chair and enjoying some fresh air or a meal outside.
With the right pieces of furniture, a small patch of grass or concrete slab that you've been giving the evil eye over the past few months can become a comfortable outdoor living area. Take a scroll through this compilation of patio chairs, tables, stools, and sofas that make it completely doable without cramping your style—or your space.
Devoko 3 Piece Rocking Bistro Set
An easy way to spice up a basic small patio set is by getting one that rocks. These chairs certainly don't look like their classic wooden counterparts—they're modernized and sleek—but they still come with the comforting rhythmic motion. The cushions are minimal yet plush, but they can be removed to expose the wicker texture on the seats and create an all-black, monochromatic look.
AllModern Tonic Patio Chair (Set of 2)
Enjoying a good book is even better when it's done curled up outside. Compact seating sets that don't compromise on flair (case in point: these oval string chairs) are key to doing just that. Two simple accent seating additions make it possible to enjoy moments outdoors without having to drag your indoor chairs onto a small patio.
Article Lucara Outdoor Sofa Set
For spaces with a little extra legroom, it's worth considering an outdoor sofa set. This two-seater and two chair combination is an elevated take on furniture you might see on vacation—reminding you of warmer places even when it's drizzling. With white cushions, it really helps brighten your patio and provides a cushy place to catch up with friends.
Grand Patio 3pc Metal Folding Bistro Set, Garden Blue
Bistro sets are a winning combination of cute and useful. They don't take up too much space, many can fold up, and they allow owners of small patios to still spend time outside without having to stand or resort to foldable camping chairs. This table and chair trio comes in multiple colors and can be made even comfier by adding cushions. A potted plant also makes the perfect centerpiece for dressing up the table when it's not in use.
Trent Austin Design Leiker Rectangular 4 - Person 54'' Long Dining Set
This fun bench and table combo stands out from the classic square table and chair sets seen on many patios. The acacia wood top comes equipped with an umbrella hole, which is perfect for patios that are fully exposed to the elements. Owners can also slide the benches fully beneath the table to make a little more room when it's not being used.
World Market Eucalyptus and All Weather Wicker Erich 3 Piece Outdoor Set
Made of neutral-colored wood and wicker, this earthy set is primed and ready for use on a small patio. The low-to-the-ground construction gives them the appeal of a lounger, but the upright ergonomic comfort of a good chair. Though they should be covered up if the weather turns, they're lacquered in a durable coating to make them more wear-resistant and protected from UV rays.
Recaceik 3 Piece Pub Dining Set
Like with indoor spaces, small outdoor areas can be made to feel bigger when you work vertically. A taller set, like a cocktail table and stools, doesn't take up as much width but still makes it easy to enjoy a drink or bite to eat outside. This is a great setup for more rustic outdoor areas that are protected with an awning or covered up by an upstairs balcony.
StyleWell French Caf 3-Piece Wicker Outdoor Patio Folding Bistro Set
Capture that Paris street-side cafe feeling on your own patio with help from these charming bistro chairs and table. Everything down to the pattern on the seats make this a chic set capable of invoking the atmosphere of places where drinking a coffee al fresco is the norm. And who can argue with zero assembly?
Hampton Bay Haymont 3-Piece Steel Wicker Outdoor Patio Bistro Set With Beige Cushions
Designers of modern patios will like this combination that sits right between a bistro set and cocktail table in terms of look and size. It sits higher than a classic set of chairs but still feels cozy thanks to the cushions and armrests. The sleek colors and sharp edges are balanced out by the cushy seats and rounded woven tops, and the colors are no doubt a great pick for minimalists.
Flash Furniture Outdoor Patio Dining Set
Many standard dining tables are too large for small patios, but this aluminum set gives the classic look without taking up ample space. Card games and meals shared with friends can successfully take place thanks to the fairly spacious tempered glass surface that provides more room than an accent or side table.
Brookside Chloe Greige 2-Piece Rattan Outdoor Sectional Seating Set with Gray Cushions
Ultimate comfort comes wrapped up in this sectional and table set, which is weather-resistant and comes with removable cushion covers. It's a great seating solution for patches of cement patios surrounded by lawn as it's not nearly as large as four-seater sets and it's more versatile than chairs.