Patio ideas for small gardens
The average size of gardens is getting smaller, especially in new builds - so you have to make the most of every square inch. Here are our favourite space-stretching tips for maximising your patio's potential.
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
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).
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
Make it a multi-functional space
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