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Patio ideas for small gardens

Make the most of every square inch, with our best space-stretching tips for maximising your patio’s potential.

Patio ideas for small gardens.

What do you want to use your patio for?

This will help you organise your space. If you've got a summer of BBQs and al fresco entertaining planned, then fitting in a decently sized dining set is going to be your priority. Want room for other things too, like gardening or somewhere for the kids to play? The furniture needs to be more flexible so you could choose smaller folding styles, for example.

Seek out smart seating

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Opt for styles that tuck

If you like to eat and entertain outdoors but are worried about a dining set taking up too much room, look for options where the seats can completely tuck under the table when not in use. Benches work well for this, and mean you're less restricted to a certain number of seats (you can usually fit another bottom in if you squidge up a bit).

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Flexible folding furniture

Another winner for any small patio space is folding furniture, especially if you'll only want to eat out occasionally. When not in use just flatten and store against a wall, freeing up your patio for clothes drying, keepie uppies, a little outdoor yoga - whatever takes your fancy...

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Outdoor cushions and rugs

These coated accessories (made for the great but not always predictable outdoors) create a really cool, easy-going area for lounging around, and are much less bulky than furniture sets. They'd look just as good scattered on your lounge floor if you need a 'whatever-the-weather' plan B.

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Pick furniture that looks lightweight

Even if it seats the same number as a chunkier solid wood style, daintier furniture sets in more lightweight materials will create the illusion of a bigger space. Choosing white and grey over darker shades also helps keep the patio area bright, which is especially useful if your patio is tucked out of the sunlight.

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Pack in some personality

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Extend your evening with lighting

A few solar lights or space-saving wall lights not only add style, but give you the option of using your patio for eating and entertaining in the evenings too.

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Add 'whatever-the-weather' accessories

Our collection of outdoor accessories are a really easy way to add interest and style to your space. Why not continue the theme from your indoor decor?

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Impress with tableware

Retire those tired tumblers and faded plates in favour of more colourful tableware. You can't tell but these designs are made from easy-care and oops-proof melamine.

Make it a multi-functional space

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