Having a small outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of those sunny days and balmy evenings. Whether you’ve got a tiny lawn, a patio or a balcony, there are plenty of clever ideas out there that can transform your space into a great entertaining area or a place to simply relax with a drink or a good book.
Start by sorting out the furniture. Folding chairs and tables are a perfect fit for a small space, as they’re so handy to put away when they’re not in use. The Zeno Oak Folding Garden Chair, £50 from Habitat, is a classy buy, and there’s also a £95 Zeno Oak Folding Garden Table to match. Stacking chairs are another option. The Sussex Stacking Armchair in Mocha, £190 from Bridgman, will bring a touch of luxury to any balcony or terrace and will team perfectly with the small but perfectly formed Mocha-coloured Sussex Side Table from Bridgman, priced at £129.
If you have a little more space, a cube set can be the perfect choice. This is where all the pieces of the set fit together to take up as little space as possible. One of the smallest options is the brown Port Royal Luxe Two Seater Cube Set with Footstools, £410 from Amazon. If you want more seating for when guests visit, there is the Bramblecrest Latte Four Seat Rattan Cube Set and Footstools, £1,349 from Internet Gardener – a set that is big on style but smaller in stature than many other rattan garden sets.
You could also consider a garden bench with handy storage underneath the seat. This space is perfect for keeping anything from cushions and table mats to barbecue accessories or plant pots. The Keter Eden Storage Bench, £105 from Tesco, is a bargain buy and even comes with a lockable lid to keep your valuables safe. If you like the idea of having your own space, you could choose a pair of Suncast Patio Storage Seats, £78.95 each from Shed Store, which would do the job just as well. An alternative is sticking to normal chairs and choosing a storage table instead. If you want a table that is so cool it’s hot, consider the Keter Cool Bar Drink Storage and Table, £42.42 from Amazon, which comes complete with an insulated cooler and even a drain to sort out the spills.
To provide yet more storage, think about investing in some garden shelving. Wall-mounted versions are the best if you really need to save on space. Walls are also great for hanging everything from candle holders to water features. They’ll add to the character and atmosphere of your outdoor space whilst keeping the useful floor area free. There are plenty of candle holders out there that can be solidly mounted on a wall. Or how about simply hanging up some pretty tea lights? The John Lewis Hanging Bubble Teardrop Tealight Holders, £4.60 each, are charmingly dainty, or add a splash of colour with some Cell Pink Metal Hanging Tea Light Holders, £4 each from Habitat. It won’t just be your meal that looks tasty when you settle down for a late-night summer supper – your outdoor space will do too.