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Patio ideas for small gardens

Reach your petite patio's potential.

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Furniture set out in a patio.

Are you making the most of your outdoor space?

Blue skies are heading our way, so it’s a good time to rethink your little slice of sunshine. Here are our best big ideas for small patios, featuring slimline furniture styles and savvy storage solutions, designed with pint-sized plots in mind.

Trendy styles, practical designs

Foldable furniture kept in a patio.

Choose flexible folding furniture

Another winner for any small patio space is folding furniture, especially if you'll only eat out occasionally. When not in use just flatten and store against a wall to free up your space.

Outdoor cushions lying in a garden.

Go casual with outdoor cushions and rugs

These coated accessories create an easy-going area for lounging around, and are much less bulky than furniture sets. They'd look just as good indoors if you need a 'whatever-the-weather' plan B.

Opt for styles that tuck.

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 into the table when not in use.

Argos Home Henrietta 3 seater wooden garden bench.

Make room for more with a bench

Want to add more compact seating to your alfresco space? Put out a garden bench. Set it up in a corner with a view and enjoy the sight with a drink or two.

Argos Home Saturn 8 seater rattan garden sofa set.

Opt for versatile modular furniture

Snug, savvy, stylish. Make a statement with modular furniture. Perfect for small gardens, it's super versatile- add to it or take it apart and make it as small or big as you want. You decide.

Habitat Kora egg chair.

Complete your summer set-up in style

Sunny day? Laze on a hammock and soak in the sunshine. Or how about relaxing on a garden day bed? So tempting. Be it a lounger, egg chair, or sunbed- add an extra touch of comfort to your garden.

Outdoor furniture setup in a small garden.

Add the finishing touches

Furniture set-up done? Now let's make your garden look more inviting. From pots and planters to lights and candles- jazz up your patio with pretty accessories.

Have a balcony?

We show you how to make the most of your outdoor space with furniture designed just for balconies.

Our favourite furniture picks for patios

Add in some savvy storage

No room for a shed? These space-savvy outdoor storage solutions mean you can still store your cushions, toys and gardening tools safely out of the elements.

Make it a multi-functional space

'Grow your own' with a mini greenhouse.

'Grow your own' with a mini greenhouse

Petite planters and pop-up greenhouses let you 'grow your own' in any space. How about a herb garden? They're easy to grow, useful for cooking and will give your patio a fresh scent.

Create a compact outdoor kitchen.

Create a compact outdoor kitchen

Eating al fresco is one of the best bits about summer. A space-saving BBQ or table top styles let you create that smoky chargrilled deliciousness, even in the smallest of courtyards.

Add wall lights for evening entertaining.

Add wall lights for evening entertaining

Who said the party has to end at sundown? Wall or string lighting doesn't take up any of your precious floor space, but lets you continue entertaining after dark.

More help and inspiration

A man power-washing his patio with a Karcher K5 pressure washer.

How to jet wash a patio

Give your patio a refresh.

The grey Argos Home Lucia 4-seater rattan-effect sofa set in a smart garden.

How to entertain outdoors

Enjoy your garden from sunrise to sunset.

A man mowing his lawn with a blue Spear and Jackson lawnmower.

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