Designer Outdoor Furniture for Smaller Spaces

Designer Outdoor Furniture for Smaller Spaces

Creating a beautiful and functional outdoor area doesn’t require much space. Even the smallest of balconies or patios can be transformed into an aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable place to unwind with the right outdoor furniture. 

This guide will help you navigate the art of selecting and arranging furniture in small outdoor spaces, turning them into stylish, functional, and comfortable nooks.

Branch Round Table & Brach Side Chairs by TribuAbove: Branch Round Table & Branch Side Chairs  by Tribu 

Making A Small Space Feel Larger

There are a few interior techniques you can use to make a smaller space feel bigger. For small outdoor areas, the key is to choose furniture that is proportional to the size of the space. Opt for sleek, streamlined pieces that don't overwhelm the area. 

Mirrored surfaces or glass tabletops can create a sense of openness, while raised furniture (like leggy chairs and tables allows for an unobstructed view of the floor, giving a more spacious feel. Using a consistent colour palette, preferably in lighter shades, can also enhance the sense of space.

Pieces For Smaller Spaces

When furnishing a compact outdoor area, every piece counts. Select multi-functional furniture, like an ottoman that can be used as a coffee table, footrest or extra seating. The Pure Sofa C-Table is a great example of a side table that tucks underneath a sofa to maxmise floor space.

Pure C -Side Table by TribuAbove: The Pure Sofas C-table, Pure SofaNomad Ottomans  by Tribu

Nesting tables are another great choice as they provide flexibility; you can spread them out when needed and stack them to save space otherwise. Consider the Drops by Tribu, whose moon-shaped bases allow them to be stacked and create a beautiful visual effect. 

Drops Side Table by TribuAbove: Drops Side Tables & Contour Club Chair by Tribu

Choosing tables that are design designed for compact spaces such as the Illum Slim table by Tribu. Tables like this are great for balconies and accommodating more people while still being able to comfortably move around. 

Illum Slim Table by Tribu Above: IIllum Slim Table and Illum Armchairs by Tribu

Choosing Benches rather than chairs to push under tables, this way you can push everything away to make extra space if you need to. It also makes the space seem less cluttered 

Addis Aluminium & Teak BenchAvove: Addis Aluminium & Teak Bench & Nelson Armchairs by Kett

Bar tables are a great way to maximise your outdoor space, especially if it's on the smaller side. Smaller areas are less likely to accommodate many guests, so a bar table is an excellent option for entertaining when needed, as it takes up less space than a traditional table.

Illum Bar Table & Mood Bar Chairs by TribuAbove: Illum Bar Table & Mood Bar Chairs by Tribu

If you are not looking to entertain guests on the regular and would like something more intimate, the Branch bistro table or Satellite table is perfect for Bistros tables for intimate dining eg a Branch bistro table or satellite.

Branch Side Chairs & Bistro Table by TribuAbove: Branch Side Chairs & Bistro Table by Tribu

Compact furniture like the Contour sofa by Tribu is perfect for providing a comfortable seating space when you don't have a lot of room. 

Contour Sofa, T Table, Contour Club Chair & Monsieur tricot Lighting by TribuAbove: Contour Sofa, T-Table, Contour Club Chair & Monsieur Tricot Lighting by Tribu

Combining Aesthetic & Comfort

Your space being small doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or comfort. Look for pieces that blend aesthetic appeal with practicality. Cushions upholstered in high-quality, weather-resistant fabrics can add a pop of colour and comfort to your space.

Shindi Outdoor Rug by TribuAbove: Shindi Outdoor Rug & Tairu Side Table by Tribu

Incorporate a stylish outdoor rug to tie the space together and add a cosy feel. The right textures and colours can make even a small space feel luxurious.

Selecting Pieces To Enhance Smaller Outdoor Areas

Choose furniture that complements the surroundings. In a garden setting, wooden furniture can add a natural, organic feel. For modern apartment balconies, powder-coated aluminium, metal or stone furniture can maintain a sleek, urban look. 

Vertical elements like tall, slim plants or a slimline vertical garden can draw the eye upwards, making the area feel larger. Lighting is crucial; a combination of practical and ambient lighting can make the space inviting at any time of the day.

Luna Lamp by TribuAbove: Luna Lamp by Tribu

By carefully selecting the right furniture and employing design tricks to enhance the sense of space, even the most compact outdoor areas can be transformed into a perfect outdoor retreat. To find out more, contact us today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a small outdoor space feel bigger with furniture?

To make a small outdoor space feel bigger with furniture, opt for pieces proportional to the area. Choose designs with clean, straight lines and lightweight appearances. Furniture that can be folded or stacked when not in use is ideal. Using mirrors or reflective surfaces can also create an illusion of more space.

Nodi Easy Chairs and Drops Side Tables by TribuAbove: Nodi Easy Chairs and Drops Side Tables by Tribu

What materials should I look for in outdoor furniture for a small balcony?

For a small balcony, look for materials that are lightweight yet durable. Aluminium or rattan furniture is ideal as it's easy to move around and withstand various weather conditions. If you prefer wood, look for teak, which is durable and weather-resistant.The SATELLITE Tables by DEDONAbove: SATELLITE Tables & SEASHELL Chair by DEDON

What are some creative ways to decorate a small patio or balcony with furniture?

Decorating a small patio or balcony creatively can include using hanging planters to free up floor space, choosing a colour scheme that complements the outdoor surroundings, and utilising folding furniture that can be stored away. Incorporate outdoor rugs and cushions for added warmth and comfort. Also, a well-placed mirror can create an illusion of a larger space.

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