Picking the right outdoor furniture is particularly important for homes with limited outdoor space, where every inch of grass or decking matters. If you live in an urban dwelling with a tiny balcony, or your house enjoys a compact garden or patio, there are a few elements you should take into account before purchasing garden or outdoor furniture.

Spring is on the way so our Rathwood Furniture Team has put together a list of outdoor furniture ideas to help you maximise your space and enjoy it to the full:

When decorating small gardens or purchasing outdoor furniture for a compact balcony, always try to keep it to a minimum and choose practical pieces.

For this, you will need to consider the amount of space you have first and then focus on the specific purpose you want to give to that space.

Ask yourself questions such as:

Will you be eating outdoors?

Or would you just like to sit outside and catch some rays on sunny days?

How many people live in the home?

Are you a family or a couple?

Go for outdoor furniture that fits your purpose.

Many outdoor furniture and garden sets come with stackable chairs so you can put them neatly away in a corner of your patio, garden or shed and clear some space. Another great alternative is to purchase garden sets with folding tables or chairs, such as the Rosslare Folding Set

If you are a family looking to enjoy your outdoor space for BBQs or outdoor lunch on sunny days, go for a compact 4 seater garden set.  Look at the table dimensions and go for those with small tables or table sizes that fit the amount of space you have available. Place your outdoor furniture in a corner of your garden or patio (if it’s a square garden/space) or at one end (if it’s a narrow long garden or patio).

Have a look at some of the 4 seaters from the Rathwood Garden Furniture store

If you are a couple or you live on your own, why not pick a bistro set or tete-a-tete where you can enjoy an intimate dinner or breakfast outdoors on a sunny Sunday morning.

Garden benches and loveseats are a perfect outdoor furniture solution for limited spaces if what you are looking for is turn your balcony or patio into a place where you can relax and read a book or enjoy the sunshine. In family homes with small gardens, place your bench by one of the garden walls to keep the central area free so the kids can play and you can easily keep an eye on them.

Another good idea for homes with small gardens or patios is choosing outdoor furniture that can also double up as indoor furniture, such as quality rattan garden sets. You can use bring them indoors when the weather turns wet and cold, and bring them back out when the Spring comes back.

October 30, 2023 — Chisom Onwukwe

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