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How To Maximise A Small Outdoor Space This Summer

It's summer, which means it's time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. If you have a small outdoor space, that might seem like an impossible task. You don't need a huge garden to create a fun and inviting outdoor area — in fact, you can use some simple tricks to make your small patio feel bigger than it actually is and utilise the space.

Keep It Simple

The first thing you need to remember when planning your small patio is to keep it simple. A lot of people make the mistake of filling their tiny space with lots of furniture and accessories, which ends up making them feel cluttered and even smaller. Instead, try keeping just a few pieces of furniture and accessories on your patio so that you have more room to move around in. 

Small Patio Space Bistro Set

Use Colour For Interest

One way to make your patio seem bigger, is by using colour in your decorating scheme. Even if your patio is small, there are still ways to make the most out of the space by using bright colours or bold patterns on your rug or chairs for example. By creating an interesting focal point, the space feels more interesting and uplifted. Take a look at our outdoor occasional tables for the perfect colour pop.

Cosi XL Taupe Fire Lantern

Incorporate Ambient Lighting 

Extend your outdoor cosy living space, with a garden that can be enjoyed throughout the summer months and beyond, by installing lighting that compliments natural light. Consider lanterns or fire pits; they create a beautiful ambience without sacrificing visibility in your outdoor space. Coffee table fire pits are a great solution where space is restricted, as they offer ambient lighting and a luxury outdoor dining experience. 

Small Patio Space Dining Set

Maximum Impact, Minimum Space

It's possible to maximise a small outdoor space by utilising pieces that fold away when not in use. A dining set is the perfect outdoor piece, with plenty of space for all your family and friends. The chairs can be stored under the table when not in use, creating additional open space on your patio.

To add shade, use a parasol that takes up little space and are easy to store away until the next time you want to use them.

Not to forget, utilise aerocovers for your outdoor pieces to keep them protected against the unpredictable weather, without the need to find storage space.

Small Outdoor Patio Bistro Set

Choose Furniture That Uses Minimal Space

One of the best ways to maximise your outdoor space is with small bistro sets. These are perfect for smaller patios or balconies because they don't take up much room at all — but they still feel like a luxury dining experience in the great outdoors. Lightweight outdoor furniture can also be easily moved around and used for different purposes throughout the year.


If you are looking for a cosier alternative, check out our smaller lounge furniture. A simple cosy chair or bench is an excellent alternative to large pieces of furniture. If you do have the spare room, compact outdoor lounge sets are guaranteed to bring a luxury style to your space, all whilst providing comfort and seating to any space.

Small Outdoor Patio Lounge Chair

A large space isn’t essential for an incredible summer! Creating a sociable and enjoyable garden is possible in every size space. Maximise your space by making good use of furniture, and adding your own personality and flair with some colour.

Focus on your statement piece of furniture, whether it’s a bistro set for Sunday brunches or a lounge piece for long summer days. Furnish with some plants, soft throws and some statement cushions of your choice. Not to forget, consider your ambient lighting for those upcoming darker nights, which Rūma can help with…. But we will have to save that for another time!