11 of Our Favorite Outdoor Furniture Sets for Small Patios and Balconies
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.
Tips for Upgrading Your Outdoor Space
- 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.