11 of Our Favorite Outdoor Furniture Sets for Small Patios and Balconies

updated Apr 10, 2023
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Shifting into spring and summer brings the urge to do nearly anything outdoors: eating, entertaining, relaxing — you name it. If you’re lucky enough to have a private outdoor sitting area, be it a balcony or a yard, it’s time to start thinking about furnishing it to maximize your outside time — even if your space isn’t exactly roomy. To get you started, we’ve rounded up our favorite outdoor furniture for small spaces so that you can make the most of what you have and spend as much time as possible outside the house.

  • Add some ambiance with lighting. There’s a reason why string lights are so popular — they create the perfect mood lighting, especially when it’s dark out. If you lack outdoor outlets, many string lights are battery-operated and made specifically for outside use. Another option is lanterns to keep your candles safe from the elements.
  • Focus on softening the space. Rugs and pillows are simple additions that can make your outdoor space warm and inviting. If your furniture is simple and neutral, accents are the way to infuse some color and personality into your space. Also, don’t forget throw blankets for chilly nights!
  • Practicality doesn’t have to be boring. Outdoor spaces are fun to decorate, but you have to be mindful that they are exposed to the elements. Make sure your furniture can withstand the weather, and if it can’t, invest in a simple furniture cover. Use a cart for your decor, so you can easily transport everything in and out, and make sure your rug is suitable for outdoor use.
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West Elm
was $698.00

A functional outdoor table and chair set is the pinnacle of any good outdoor space. With clean lines and a rustic design, this chic wooden patio set is perfect for your outdoor dining nook. Once you’re done enjoying your space, just fold everything up and tuck it away until next time.

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was $209.99

Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t jazz it up with a fun color. Create some tropical vibes on your patio with this bright conversation set, available in three playful colors. Crafted from iron, each lightweight piece is also weather and water-resistant. 

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If you’re not looking for a full table, this three-piece set is the perfect addition to your patio. The weather-resistant set includes a small table and two handwoven rattan chairs. A durable steel frame adds a modern flair to your outdoor space, while the style is totally boho. Cozy up in these chairs with a cup of coffee or a cocktail and reap all the benefits that the warmer weather brings.

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An Amazon and AT-reader favorite, this Flamaker patio set is a dream for those looking for a stylish wallet- (and space-) friendly find. Available in five color combinations, this set may be the most affordable on the list but don't think that it skimps on quality. It features a rust-proof, powder-coated steel frame and high-quality, hand-woven, and weather-resistant wicker that's resistant to fading, making this a patio set that'll last you for years to come.

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Home Depot

Make a bold statement on your balcony with this outdoor table and chairs set. It's built to hold up to the elements, thanks to a durable iron construction, but don’t be fooled — it’s every bit as stylish as it is sturdy. Pair it with your summer flower pots, and your balcony will be the prettiest on the block. 

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Don’t let your small space deter you from hosting the perfect happy hour. This wicker three-piece set has two bucket-style seats and a side table that can fit into even the tightest of outdoor spaces. The hairpin legs on this table make for a small footprint, and the wicker and rattan chairs add a boho feel that elevates your space.

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was $299.99

Transform your balcony or patio into a French cafe with this adorable mosaic table and chair set. Made from durable, weather-resistant steel and ceramic mosaic tiles, this set includes two folding (and easily storable) chairs and one table, which are perfect for enjoying a peaceful morning on your balcony for years to come.

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was $449.99

Enjoy your outdoor space in comfort with this trendy conversation set. The steel frame is coated for extra durability and wrapped in rattan, so you can enjoy this contemporary set for longer than just a season. The natural rattan color adds a contrasting pop to the black cushions, which are deep enough to make this piece the perfect spot to curl up with a book at sunset. And did you see how adorable the matching table is?

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was $243.00

The Heidi bistro set is a great way to add a pop of color to your balcony. Available in either a bold yellow or turquoise hue, this set is a light, mid-century beauty that'll fit perfectly into your smaller space.

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Home Depot

Nothing says cozy quite like a good wicker chat set. The Hampton Bay Coral Vista bistro set (available in an array of colors) is crafted with handwoven, all-weather wicker and a hand-painted, rust-resistant frame. Best of all, the cushions have a super-soft, down-like fill, making them perfect for relaxing days (and nights).

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was $750.00

For a set that can withstand whatever the elements throw at it, we love this AllModern pick. Made from weather-, water-, and UV-resistant plastic, it's designed specifically with outdoor use in mind. Its perforated top prevents water from pooling and makes cleanup a breeze, while the two chairs feature perforated bucket seats that are also quick-drying — a dream during the rainy season and beyond.