Forget the tiny house. This summer, it’s all about the tiny patio. With more and more of us flocking to urban enclaves, apartment pickings are getting slimmer—literally!—and outdoor areas often feel like an afterthought.
But that doesn’t mean your decor choices are dire. While compact furniture options are certainly more limited, you can fit a surprising amount of bench in a few mere feet of space. And when you’re pressed for space, you should embrace bold design choices—like powerful color combos and patterns that you might not try otherwise.
Even if you won’t be throwing the ultimate porch party anytime soon, you can still get plenty of impact out of your decor in a diminutive space. Here are six chic furniture finds to help you make the most of your teeny oasis.
Janus Hammock, Anthropologie, $79.95
Stretched-out or scrunched up, hammocks fit in most exterior spots. And it’s a lot easier to imagine yourself on permanent vacation in the coziness of your balcony when you’re lying on one of these babies. With its laid-back shape and vibrant splashes of pink, this lounge-worthy destination is sure to stun when topped with a few Peruvian blankets.
MASTHOLEM Side Table, Ikea, $35.00
No material screams summertime quite like rattan. A tiny spot to drop your sunnies or rest your wine glass, this boho-approved side table has all the surface space you’d never need outdoors. Plus, this super lightweight find won’t be such a hassle to drag indoors come fall.
Teak Camp Stool, Serena & Lily, $228
If it’s chic and it folds, know that it is worthy of your balcony. Much like rattan, teak will often extend a warm and sunny feeling to an outdoor space. Available in an assortment of patterns (though, we’re big fans of this classic navy and white stripe iteration), this versatile essential will come in handy when you want to take a seat or kick up your feet.
Juliet Balcony Bar Cabinet, Pottery Barn, $98.99
Want a patio bar but fear you don’t have the room? Craft a permanent booze station (that won’t get in the way) by hanging this clever cabinet over the side of your railing. Made from solid acacia, this storage-friendly find is not only a smart spot to store spare bottles, but it’s also super durable.
Hot Mesh Lounge Chair, Blu Dot, $299
A small balcony is like the decorating Olympics—you’ve got to pull out all the stops if you want to get recognized. This is the time to try a bold palette that will make your neighbors stop and take notice—no matter how high up in the clouds you are. With that in mind, don’t be afraid to embrace your inner showstopper. This electric yellow seat will do just that. Bonus? While it’s surely small enough to squeeze into a tiny nook, it’s also large enough hold two people if need be.
Élémentaire Chair, Hay
Designed to be both aesthetically and physically balanced, Hay’s Élémentaire chair—available in a rich array of hues, from smoky green to blue grey—perfectly captures the essence of Danish simplicity. Given its uncomplicated ways and incredibly robust design, this is one weather-friendly pick you’ll want hanging out on your patio for awhile.
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