Maximizing a Small Patio
Make the most out of a petite patio with these creative, space-stretching tips and design ideas.
Similar to how banquette seating saves space in a small kitchen, a built-in bench is perfect for a small patio because it doesn’t require extra space for chairs around the dining table. Here, the stone on the facade of the house continues around the perimeter of the patio for a fully integrated look.
Maximize the space your patio affords by matching the shape of your table to the shape of your patio. Here, a round table and four chairs fit perfectly on a small round patio. A tall fence with green plantings offers privacy and a cozy, tucked-away feel.
This space-sufficient design creates the perfect easy living outdoor space through multipurpose furnishings and poured-in-place concrete seating to better frame the area. With an overhanging umbrella, shade is never too far away on bright sunny days.
Space-Saving Furniture Arrangement
To eliminate wasted space behind furnishings, place patio seating in a corner, along the perimeter. The furniture arrangement seen here affords enough space on this patio to move a small table and chairs into the opposite corner when the homeowners choose to dine outdoors.
Layers of Green
Layer lush greens around the perimeter of a small patio to create the illusion of depth and make the space seem grander. It works best to place taller plants behind smaller ones. This patio’s black and gray color palette was intentionally kept simple to keep the space open and airy.
Add Interest Underfoot
An outdoor rug can help break up the surface underfoot — iving a small patio the impression of more square footage. The rug selected for this patio features a simple green and white striped pattern for a clean, uncluttered look. A tablecloth in matching colors ties the space together.