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How to furnish a smaller outdoor space

No outdoor space is too small for watching the clouds come and go. The most important smaller space furnishing advice is ask yourself what you like to do. How about nap, read a book, exercise, eat, hang out?

A small balcony with wooden tables and chairs, artificial grass decking, and a Monstera plant in a white plant pot.
A small balcony with wooden tables and chairs, artificial grass decking, and a Monstera plant in a white plant pot.

Enjoy me-time or socialize a bit

Your favorite comfy seating is key – do you prefer an armchair, small sofa, reclining chair or a hammock? Once you’re covered, add options for guests like foldable chairs, stackable stools and footstools. With a modular one-seat section and stool, you get a chaise lounge that doubles as separate seats.

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Two white/beige folded chairs against a yellow wall, beside a small white outdoor sofa with two green cushions on it.
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Savor snacks and meals outside

Start with a two-seat outdoor dining set. If you don’t have room for a set, buy individually. A stool side table or even a storage bench works if you just want a spot for a snack or drink.

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A TORPARÖ dining table and chairs with red cushions are placed halfway between a living room and open-doored balcony.
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Embrace your hobbies and must-dos

Plant stands and hangable pots are gardening heroes. For yoga, exercise or must-dos (like laundry), free up room with pieces you can move or take indoors. A foldable drying rack is easy to put away, so you can be outdoors when it’s not chore time.

A balcony with a white table and two chairs, some white storage holding plants and plant pots, and a hanging plant.
A balcony with a white table and two chairs, a foldable drying rack on the wall, and some plants.

Store your necessities

If you can fit a storage bench, you’ll get seating (and a side table), too. Boxes, hooks, shelving units and cabinets are also good helpers to keep things outdoors.

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A balcony with wooden outdoor furniture with cushions, lamps, hanging lighting and a plant.
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Add some outdoor storage

No outdoor space is complete without an outdoor cabinet or shelving unit to store your extra cushions and blankets, keep your gardening tools handy or show off your plants. If space is tight try taller units that allow you to make the most of your vertical space.

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A tall metal shelving unit with potted plants, herbs, a white watering can, a black decorative greenhouse and pots.
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