How to Make the Most of a Small Outdoor Space

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes, and bigger isn’t necessarily better. If lockdown has taught us one thing, it’s that any outdoor space is preferable to none!

If you’ve got a small urban garden, balcony, terrace or patio, we’ve got all the outdoor furniture and accessories you need to transform it into your own mini slice of paradise.

Here are some of our favourite garden space-savers, to take your small outdoor space from drab to fab!

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Grigio Bistro Set

1. Fold Out Furniture

Comfort Bistro Set

This slim metal Comfort Bistro Set by Norfolk Leisure is ideal outdoor seating for a small balcony or patio.

When the sun comes out, pop up the table and two chairs to create the perfect spot for enjoying a cup of tea or glass of Prosecco alfresco.

If the clouds roll over (hello, British summer!), the set can be quickly folded away, for easy storage even when you’re short on space.

2. Make Room at the Table

Norfolk Leisure Sheringham Alu Rope Cube Dining Set
Norfolk Leisure Sheringham Alu Rope Cube Dining Set

Need a few more seats at the table? The Sheringham Alu Rope Cube Dining Set by Norfolk Leisure could be the answer.

Capable of seating 4, it’s ideal for families and friends who aren’t blessed with tons of outdoor space, but still want to get together and catch up under the stars.

The cushions and modern-style rope chairs slot neatly under the table when not in use, creating a space-saving cube with a footprint of just 112 x 112 cm.

3. Multi-Functional Fun

Keter Cool Bar Table with Lights

When you’re short on space, every new addition has to earn its place.

This incredible Keter Bar Table features a table for snacks, an ice bucket for drinks and built-in mood lighting – perfect for patio parties!

The multi-functional design means it offers an all-round dining solution and is more than worthy of a spot in your small garden.

4. Keep the Neighbours Happy

Lotus Grill BBQ in Blue with Free Fire Lighter Gel & Charcoal

It can be difficult to plan a barbecue when your neighbour’s open window is inches away from you. Enter the Lotus Grill BBQ, which is made for small-garden grilling!

Even if you’re in a high-rise flat, you can still barbecue (outside only!) without smoking out your neighbours, thanks to the incredible smokeless design.

The patented bellows system means it uses 90% less charcoal than other BBQs and is ready to cook on in just 3-4 minutes. Grill-iant!

5. Give your Garden a Glow Up

Extreme Lounging B Bulb Outdoor Light

The right lighting can transform even the smallest garden into a glittering fairy-tale space.

The stylish Extreme Lounging B Bulb Outdoor Light is the perfect size to place on a window sill, side table or the floor, to shine a light on your alfresco activities.

Extreme Lounging B Bulb Connect Festoon Outside Lights

String lights take up minimal space and can be strung along a fence or balcony railings, for a festival-esque look.

These mains-powered B Bulb Connect Festoon Lights can be plugged in inside and draped around your door to instantly illuminate your space. Adjustable brightness settings mean you can alter the light to suit the occasion.

6. Turn Up the Heat

Cosi Fires Cosiscoop Fire Lantern

Nothing beats sitting around a fire as the night closes in. No space for a fire pit? No problem!

The Cosi Fires Cosiscoop Fire Lantern offers a small, portable fire that can be positioned on an outdoor table or other flat surfaces.

Powered by a gas cartridge, at the end of a long day, you can simply twist the ignition, light the fire with a taper lighter, sit back and enjoy the flames.

Le Feu Sky Bio Ethanol Fireplace

For a larger fireplace that still doesn’t take up floor space, check out the Le Feu Sky Bio Ethanol Fireplace.

Suitable for outdoor use undercover, you could hang this suspended fireplace from an overhead beam or balcony roof, and soak in the cosy atmosphere it creates.

This stunning modern fireplace is fuelled by bio-ethanol – a cleaner and more eco-friendly alternative to gas – so you’re doing your bit for the environment too!

7. Decorate with a Floor-Less Rug

Fab Hab Big Sur Outdoor Rug in Teal

Transform even the most sorry-looking patch of concrete with an outdoor rug.

This is such an easy way to brighten up any balcony or patio, without sacrificing valuable floor space, as all your furniture sits on top.

The turquoise, teal and blue shades of this Big Sur Rug by Fab Hab will remind you of the ocean – even if you’re in the heart of the city.

8. Bring the Inside Out!

Icon Boho Aztec Terracotta Outdoor Cushion

Soft furnishings give your garden a warm, inviting feel.

One problem with smaller gardens is the lack of space to store outdoor furniture and accessories over winter. Avoid this issue by choosing indoor/outdoor pieces that you can bring inside when the weather turns.

This Icon Boho Aztec Terracotta Outdoor Cushion will look just as good on your sofa as it does on your garden chair!

Extreme Lounging Pastel B Box

The Pastel B Box by Extreme Lounging is also suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

It makes for a great footstool or occasional chair in your living room – then simply move it outside when you want to soak up some rays on your balcony or terrace.

Available in a choice of pastel colours, there’s a B Box to make every small garden A-grade.

9. Flex your Green Fingers

PlantBox Living Wall Stacking Planters

Plants will breathe life (literally!) into any garden and don’t think that just because you’re short on space, you can’t grow your own ferns, flowers or herbs.

These Living Wall Stacking Planters by PlantBox enable you to add greenery to even the tiniest outdoor area. They take up hardly any floor space and mean you can grow up, not out!

Made from recycled plastic, they even come with a built-in water reservoir and indicator to help you keep your botanicals alive and thriving. Plant-tastic!

Ready to Transform your Small Garden?

These garden accessories will help you make the most of your small outdoor space – after all, it’s not the size that counts, it’s what you do with it! If you’d like to discuss any of our garden furniture, just call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email and we’ll be delighted to help.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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