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The Best Outdoor Furniture for Small Outdoor Spaces

It’s hot, finally, and you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space. Congratulations! It’s kind of like you’ve won the lottery. And no matter if it’s a patch of grass behind your apartment that’s barely ten square feet or a roof you can only access by crawling through a window and climbing up a ladder, people are going to come over and grill on it. So to help you trick it out with a few nice touches, we’ve reached out to some experts in the furniture and design fields to help us pick the best pieces to maximize however much outdoor space you’ve managed to snag.

Adeco Yellow Hatched Diamond Pattern Round Iron Stool
$62 at Amazon

“Choose pieces that can be used as both a place to sit, and a place to set a drink. Stools are a great versatile piece for small outdoor spaces. And a natural color rug can really elevate any space. ” —Nidhi Kapur, founder and CEO, Maiden Home

5 Color Portable Plastic Stackable Stools
$52 at Amazon

We’ve written about these stools before, but they’re portable, lightweight, durable, and they also stack up, giving you five chairs for the size of one. Perfect terrace furniture.

Feiren Outdoor/Indoor Planter
$17 at Amazon

“Stylish storage trick: decorative planters. Besides for growing plants in them, they can serve as a super-chic and unexpected wine cooler for entertaining or serve as storage for items less than lovely such as the watering hose. You can also squeeze a hammock in any corner. ” —Whitney van der Does, designer, One Kings Lane

Huron Small Lounge Chair
$439 at West Elm

“When furnishing a limited outdoor space, it’s important to keep in mind the size of the furniture. Obviously an Adirondack chair isn’t going to work. We like the Huron Small Lounge chair from West Elm. The interwoven colors on the backrest are clean and refreshing, offering a lighter take on the standard colors that are generally available for outdoor seating. The neutral palette allows you to add fun pops of color with hanging planters or pots like West Elm’s Reactive Glaze Tabletop Planters, depending on how small the space is.” Ajay Chopra, founding principal, ​Echo Design + Architecture

Mainstays Balboa Stripe Outdoor Toss Pillow — Set of 2
$10 at walmart

Throw these pillows on a small chair or stool to give your space a nautical vibe.

Blazing Needles Solid Twill Outdoor Throw Pillows — Set of 2
From $38 at Walmart

Or these offer a simpler, light pop of color.

Una Pedestals
$311 at Y Living

“This pair of pedestals is a multifunctional option for the outdoors — they double as an end table and a stool. With a small space, dual-use pieces are key. The Una pair is also very durable, having been made from solid fiber-reinforced concrete. With an industrial look, the pedestals will develop a patina over time adding to the personality of the products.” Sari Ross, founder, ​Spaces Studio

Urban Knit Pouf Set
$99 at Amazon

Now here’s just one set you can buy to change the whole space. It’s three pieces, two all-weather seating poufs and one small table. But that’s not all. The top of the table opens for storage, and the two poufs are hollow underneath, so you can actually flip one over, place the table in it, cover it with the second pouf, and it’s now taking up 1/3 the space. It basically disappears when no one’s using it.

In/Out Hand-Woven Area Rug
$139 at Houzz

“Loloi makes great rugs and I love the durability of this one from the In/Out Collection. It’s reversible, water resistant, and comes in different sizes to fit a variety of spaces.” Sari Ross, founder, ​Spaces Studio

Mainstays 5ft. x 7ft. Palm Outdoor Area Rug
$38 at Walmart

A rug for those who wish they had a greener outdoor space.

Moroccan Indoor/Outdoor Lightweight, Reversible, & Fade Resistant Area Rug
$40 at Amazon

If you’re fickle, here’s something reversible.

Lhasa Indoor/Outdoor Rug
$39 at Amazon

This one’s made out of recycled plastic, but has a nice vintage-y look.

Eos Bar-Height Table
$595 at Design Within Reach

“Design Within Reach has a great selection of high-quality and smaller-scale seating in classic designs that never go out of style. The Eos Collection by Matthew Hilton for Case is a great start. Raised seating will also help you save some space while still maintaining quality.” —Mia Jung, director of interiors, Ike Kligerman Barkley

Modern Outdoor Bar Table
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Modern Outdoor Bar Table
$160 at Walmart

And here’s a much cheaper outdoor bar table we like.

Woven Rope Storage Basket
$28 at Amazon

“A pretty basket is a great way to store extra outdoor pillows and blankets in a small space. It can fit right next to a sofa, and when styled with some of your favorite blankets, it can add a touch of warmth to an outdoor space. Having a basket full of blankets and a few pillows on your patio sets the tone for guests — they can curl up, get cozy, and stay awhile!” Nidhi Kapur, founder and CEO, Maiden Home

We’ve written about a bunch more wicker baskets we love, here.

Divine Footstool
$495 at Houzz

“We carry this entire line in our store. It’s technically a footstool, but it can be adapted for anything, really, from holding trays to extra seating.”Sabrina from Property Furniture

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The Best Outdoor Furniture for Small Outdoor Spaces