The Best Outdoor Furniture for Small Spaces

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Latigo Rattan Chat Set
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It's often said in the wellness world that spending time in the great outdoors is good for the soul. But for many of us, particularly if you're dwelling in an apartment or townhome, our little patch of the great outdoors might be no larger than a postage stamp. Thankfully, size doesn't always indicate greatness. On the contrary, the balcony or patio you call your own could be the very best part of your home–with the right furniture and accessories. Squeeze in items that are too large or bulky and you'll leave little room to breathe (or move). On the other hand, furniture that's too sparse can make a space look uninviting. Here, we gathered up some stylish, size-conscious pieces that'll perfectly tuck right into almost any tiny spot.

Christopher Knight Home Cutter Teardrop Wicker Lounge Chair

Christopher Knight Teardrop Chair
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A statement piece like this may seem impractical for a small space, but it's actually really smart. When paired with slighter, neutral pieces, the chair can act as a focal point for the space—and what an irresistibly cozy focal point it is.

Buy it: $329; amazon.com

Bar Harbor Patio Loveseat

Bar Harbor Loveseat
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Sofas are the ultimate luxury on patios—and it's a luxury you definitely shouldn't pass up for the sake of space. Instead of a classic three-seater, opt for a loveseat. This wicker find has a small enough frame to keep it from looking too dominating.

Buy it: $340; target.com

Briella Patio Bar Stools

Briella Bar Stools
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If you're furnishing a second or third floor balcony, bar-height sets are the way to go. Not only does the setup give you a better vantage point to take in whatever your view may be, it also frees up floor space, which'll make the area feel more open overall. As an added bonus, these 22-inch bar stools are equipped with swiveling seats for easy mobility in tight corners.

Buy it: $263; wayfair.com

Alicante Outdoor Accent Tables

alicante outdoor end tables
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If you're someone who likes to host, don't discount your outdoor space for the job due to a lack of square footage. Instead, get yourself a set of stacking tables, which can spread out to serve drinks and hors d'oeuvres to a small crowd and tuck away when you're lounging solo.

Buy it: $160; worldmarket.com

Rothstein 3-Drawer Wood Storage Bench

Wayfair Rothstein Wood Storage Bench
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Multitasking furniture is a serious plus when space is at a premium. This bench, which is great for a tight front porch or as extra seating near a dining set, boasts three built-in drawers for storing anything from gardening supplies to extra outdoor string lights.

Buy it: $200; wayfair.com

HollyHOME Tray Metal End Table

HollyHome Metal End Table
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Bright colors can be intimidating to pull off in cramped quarters, but outdoors it totally works. That's because direct sunlight tends to dull vibrant colors, so shades like lemon yellow can fit right in without being too jarring. Try it out in accessories, like this simple metal side table with a removable tray.

Buy it: $46; amazon.com

Latigo Rattan Patio Chat Set

Latigo Rattan Chat Set
Courtesy of Target

Conversation sets are often easy go-tos when decorating a small outdoor space, and rightfully so. Compact balconies and cozy corners are perfect places for intimate chatter. Pull off the look with ease by choosing pieces that don't feel heavy, like this open-weave rattan set.

Buy it: $350; target.com

Safavieh Kerman Outdoor Dining Set

Safavieh Kerman Outdoor Table
Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

When those late-summer nights churn out perfect breezes, no one should be denied dinners alfresco. If your outdoor space is too compact to permanently fit a full-sized table and four chairs, consider folding options. You wouldn't know it, but this chic five-piece set in a teak finish condenses down into one small package, with director-style chairs that tuck underneath the table when folded.

Buy it: $415; bedbathandbeyond.com

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