Design Ideas for a Smaller Outdoor Space in 2022

August 10, 2023
Design Ideas for a Smaller Outdoor Space in 2022

Design Ideas for a Smaller Outdoor Space

Looking for some design inspiration for making the most of a smaller outdoor space? It’s always a plus if your house or apartment has a balcony, and no matter how tiny it is, there is so much design potential and a plethora of beautiful outdoor furniture styles available to fill your space. Depending on your signature home style and whether it comes off a bedroom or living area, it can serve as a private outdoor oasis, sunny morning coffee-spot, or the ultimate small entertaining space for drinks for two. Whether you have a tiny apartment balcony or a generously sized outdoor patio, to make the most of the space you should focus on creating a seamless blend between the indoors and out, and create an intimate space that is equally as beautiful as your home's interior.
From beautiful weather-resistant pieces to an outdoor pouf and coffee table, we bring you some of our favourites for filling that petite space with ease and grace.

The perfect café spot

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All you need to enjoy your morning coffee or evening pinot gris on your balcony is a chic café-style table and a chair. And to allow the space to be further opened up when not in use, choose a space-saving table that folds up easily so you can store it inside if necessary. As if taken straight out of a Parisian sidewalk café, our Café Round Teak Folding Table has a beautiful Grade A Teak top with powder coated steel legs, making for a romantic, whimsical look whilst still being a practical piece that folds away for easy storage. The Café Round Teak Folding Table looks great with the Café Teak Folding Arm or Side Chairs, but can also be teamed up with basic teak chairs, or even a little concrete stool for a more urban, edgier look. If you’re keen on purely using wood on your balcony for an enhanced organic feel, our Round Teak Folding Dining Table is the perfect option for you. A classic example of the traditional teak folding table, these round teak folding tables are made in Grade-A teak and will last you a lifetime. Gradually ageing to a soft, silvery hue, this table is ideal for outdoor dining, conveniently folding away for compact storage.

Play with plants

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Perfect for both decoration and for privacy, planters filled with happy, leafy plants will allow you to create the feel of a garden wonderland no matter how compact your balcony. Add some herbs to make your small space smell as good as it looks, and harvest them when needed for adding fresh to dishes and cocktails. Consider popping your green friends in our Lodge Distressed Teak Outdoor Planter, which is a lovely rustic piece made from reclaimed teak wood that is destined to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Hit the floor

If you’re really short on space, get some colourful and comfortable floor pillows or poufs that can do double duty inside when guests come over. Our Donut Outdoor Relaxing Pouf creates so much glorious visual interest, whilst our Donut Outdoor Wicker Ottoman is a versatile style that appeals to commercial and residential spaces alike. Made from synthetic wicker and with an interior filled with high end Quick Dry Foam®, they also fare very well when exposed to the outdoor elements, so you won’t have to worry about dragging it inside when bad weather arrives unexpectedly. This beauty also comes in two sizes to fit a variety of settings, working well as an alternative seating option or even a low coffee table for magazines and books, depending on your needs.
For a softer option, the Studio Collection of poufs are incredibly appealing, offering a contemporary take on the boho luxe outdoor living room staple. The Studio Three Outdoor Round Poufs in Stone come in both large and small sizes, and are a beautiful mix of Moroccan magic and Byron Bay beachside vibe. Featuring an incredible weave of polypropylene rope in a stunning pattern and filled with high end Quick Dry Foam®, they add a real touch of opulence and are incredibly easy to move and implement anywhere you need them.

Catch the sun in your outdoor space

outdoor wicker furntiture nz- nairobi What’s better than spending happy hour beverage of choice in hand, watching sunsets or gazing at the stars? A coffee table and two low chairs are all you need to create a space to relax while the world passes you by below. Pair your café table of choice with one or two of our wicker Nairobi Pure Dining Chairs in a soft moss colour. A simple chair with contemporary flair, the Nairobi Pure features a rounded back for really cosying into and a base that subtly curves up to add unobtrusive arms to this dashing chair. With a Mid-Century vibe and a relaxed elegance all its own, Nairobi Pure is a favourite for reclining in style and a worthy addition to any al fresco entertaining space.

Outdoor space creation at Design Warehouse

If you’re planning on re-designing and refreshing your smaller outdoor space or have more questions about any of the above, don’t hesitate to call us or drop into our Parnell showroom today. Our pieces come fully assembled and can be picked up, ready to go from our distribution centre. Alternatively, we can ship your new pieces to anywhere, you might be using our astute delivery service. If you have more questions about any of the above, don’t hesitate to call us or drop into our Parnell outdoor furniture showroom today. Our pieces come fully assembled and can be picked up, ready to go from our distribution centre. Alternatively, we can ship your new pieces to anywhere, using our astute delivery service. For more information please call our dedicated team of professionals – we’d love to help, or for more inspiration see our Instagram feed