Create a Private Outdoor Oasis with Patio Furniture for Small Spaces

After weathering the pandemic in a dark, patio-less, one-bedroom apartment, I knew I needed to upgrade to a home with some kind of outdoor space. A year later, I’m proud to say I am now living in a one-bedroom apartment with outdoor space — a whopping 168 square feet of outdoor space, to be precise. 

I had high hopes for my sunny-but-tiny balcony. I’d work out there; I’d read out there; I’d eat out there; I’d grow a pickle-seasoning herb garden to pickle my own vegetables out there. But nine months into living in my new digs, I’ll confess I’ve only gone out on my patio a handful of times — and 70% of those times have been to check the weather. 

I quickly realized having an outdoor space is only half the battle — once you have a patio, backyard or balcony, you need to make it comfortable and inviting. This means hunting down some quality patio furniture and thoughtful décor — my two rickety folding chairs just weren’t going to cut it. 

Are you, like me, the proud owner of a small-but-mighty outdoor space? With the summer fast approaching, now is the time to transform your patio, balcony or yard into the luxurious, sun-soaked paradise of your dreams. To help you out, here are a few excellent patio furniture for small spaces picks, carefully chosen and approved by our tiny patio-owning editors: 

Best Amazon Small Space Patio Furniture

Barton Luxury Wicker Hanging Chair 

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A statement piece — like this oversized egg chair swing — creates a focal point for your space, making it feel larger. Our pick is a [relatively] affordable option, and comes with a sturdy, easy-to-assemble stand, plus a thick, fluffy seat cushion. 

Positive Review: “Easy to assemble, very comfortable, super cute and sturdy!” — Lori M. 

Price: $294.95 at Amazon

Best Choice Products Double Hammock with Stand Set

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Hanging a hammock creates an instant tropical vacation vibe, right outside your door. This two-person double hammock is particularly handy because it’s easy to fold and store if you need more space for visitors. It even comes with a carrying pack so you can take it on camping trips and other travels. 

Positive Review: “It all came very neatly packaged and start to finish I put it together in less than 5 minutes — sturdy and comfortable. We have all used it from 50 pounds to 225 lbs. it even comes with a carrying case with a laminated card showing you how to unassemble and reassemble.” — B. Williamson

Price: $69.99 and up at Amazon

Artificial Ivy Leaf Plants Vine with String Lights

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These ivy leaf string lights work on a couple of levels: Firstly, adding leafy greens — even faux-leafy greens like this — makes a space feel larger. Secondly, hanging lights can add warm, cozy, elegant ambience to the space. One thing to note: A few Amazon reviewers complain of a funky smell, but this should be a nonissue if you are hanging them outside. 

Positive Review: “The lights and vines look really good behind bed frames and there are 10 different settings for the lights.” — Ed Hodges

Price: $15.65 at Amazon

Best Target Small Space Patio Furniture

Metal Mesh Small Space Set

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Give your patio or balcony the feel of a second living room with this three-piece Target patio furniture set. The two chairs and a table are all made out of white metal frames, a minimalist style that looks chic with the pillows on top. 

Positive Review: “The chairs are nice and deep but also very sturdy. They are an excellent size for kids and adults; my husband even commented on the chair size being ideal! I love that this set comes with the seat cushions AND a back pillow.” — Kcm3

Price: $199.50 at Target 

Outdoor Earthenware Ribbed Planter 

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Suited for indoor and outdoor use, this handmade earthenware planter will pair nicely with your Target patio furniture set. Adding plant(s) is a great way to elevate your ordinary patio into a lush, tropical garden. 

Positive Review: “Beautiful! Not a yellow color like pictured but still beautiful.” — Erin N

Price: $31.50 at Target 

Best Walmart Small Space Patio Furniture

Better Homes & Gardens Natural Small Solar Woven Pendant

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It’s hard to go wrong with Walmart patio furniture, but we also love their accents. Hanging a pendant lamp — like this one from Better Homes & Gardens — gives instant personality to a patio or balcony. Our pick includes a remote with four brightness and timer options, and even comes with a clip-on solar panel clamp. 

Positive Review: “I love this solar light! We hung it under our back patio, there are four different brightness settings which is great! It’s nice that it has a remote control so you can just turn it off and on with the press of a button! — Denise 

Price: $57 at Walmart 

Majestic Home Goods Ottoman Pouf

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Next time you cozy up in your egg chair, give your feet a break by resting them on this outdoor pouf. It’s made from a treated polyester that resists UV rays, water and stains. 

Positive Review: “Right height for extra seating, hassock to put your feet on, and even a side table with a tray on top.” — livingbythelake

Price: $79.99 at Walmart

Best Home Depot Small Space Patio Furniture

Round Rattan Wicker High Top Table Ice Cooler Table

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Home Depot patio furniture selection wins points for being diverse. One of our favorite examples of one of their more creative, safe-saving pieces is this dual table-ice cooler. Why waste space on a cooler when you can have one hidden under your accent table? 

Positive Review: “I was pleased with this cooler table apart from looking good it’s a convenient way to cool drinks and have it right on hand where guests can help themselves.” — Annie

Price: $139.99 at Home Depot

Aloha Floral Modern Area Rug

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Rolling out an outdoor rug can instantly add texture and warmth to the space. This colorful Aloha rug is made from weather-resistant polypropylene, and its cheery hues will give your space a serious pop of color. It’s available in both rectangular and circle shapes in a few different sizes, so you can pick one that best works for your patio, balcony or yard. 

Positive Review: “Rug just arrived and easy peasy to put down. Love the pop of color it adds to the space and design is very appealing.” — Sandybeaches3

Price: $52 and up at Home Depot

Best Lowe’s Small Space Patio Furniture

allen + roth Portable Tabletop Steel Propane Gas Fire Pit

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If you’ve ever dreamed of having a fire pit, but figured your backyard was too small — Lowe’s patio furniture designers have the solution! This portable tabletop fire pit is only 28 inches long, and super lightweight. Note that this one — since it’s got flames — is best used for an open backyard (as opposed to a covered patio). 

Positive Review: “User friendly, easy to assemble and a lightweight product. Decent quality burner.” — Rico 

Price: $159 at Lowe’s 

Origin 21 Striped Coral Square Throw Pillow

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What could compliment your Lowe’s patio furniture better than a pretty throw pillow? Layering your outdoor décor with different textures — not just throw pillows, but blankets and rugs — will add depth. Our pick is made from a polyester material that resists water, mildew and staining, making it perfect for outdoor use. 

Positive Review: “Pillow is heavier and better quality than I was expecting. I am using the pillow indoors but it could easily be used outside. Looks like it will be easy to keep clean. Love the pattern and color that can be used in a variety of settings.” — Lollie 

Price: $22.98 at Lowe’s 

Best Wayfair Small Space Patio Furniture

Ifrane Metal Side Table

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Adding pops of color to your outdoor space can make the space feel larger. This cute metal side table isn’t just colorful, but tall and slender enough to fit into a compact area. The table works if you are looking for waterproof furniture, as reviewers report it can weather the elements. 

Positive Review: “These are awesome…the teal is aging outdoors as a copper verdigris, so it looks good. They’re in heat, rain and snow outdoors on our deck.” — Amy

Price: $79.99 at Wayfair

Barlowe Resin Barrel Fountain

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When it comes to transforming your patio into an enchanted oasis, there are few moves as effective as adding a fountain. This two-tier fountain includes an electric pump that — almost magically — recirculates water, so you don’t have to worry about connecting it to an external water source.

Positive Review: “Absolutely love this fountain! It’s so rustic and fits perfectly in the area we wanted it for. Easy to assemble and water flow control is a plus. We added a light inside the bottom barrel which really adds a great touch at night. I highly recommend!!” — Lynne

Price: $87.99 at Wayfair

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