How to Create a Small Outdoor Space with Big Personality

Do you have a tiny garden, patio or balcony that you’re struggling to know what to do with? You’ve come to the right place!

You don’t need a garden the size of a football pitch to ‘score’ big on style. With the right garden furniture and accessories, you can make even the smallest outdoor space work for you – and look seriously inviting at the same time.

So, if your patch of land looks more lifeless than lived-in, here’s how to give your small outside space BIG personality.

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1. Big-Impact Bistro Sets

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Cuckooland Hampstead Bistro Set

If you don’t have enough space for a garden sofa or dining set, an outdoor bistro set is the perfect solution.

The Cuckooland Hampstead Bistro Set features two chairs and a side table made from a durable poly-rattan weave with on-trend black metal legs.

This natural-coloured slimline set is perfect for adding a boho feel to your small outside space. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) under the stars!

Pacific Lifestyle Rio 3 Piece Garden Bistro Set

For something a little more colourful, check out our Rio Bistro Set by Pacific Lifestyle.

This space-saving outdoor bistro set is available in a range of colours, including pink and orange, to add sunset tones to your balcony or patio.

When your garden furniture’s this warm and bright, who cares if you haven’t got space for a hot tub?

2. Space-Saving Tables

Woood Pebble Indoor & Outdoor Coffee Table

Our bestselling Woood Pebble Coffee Table in Small makes a serious style statement in smaller gardens.

Made from fibre clay, it will add a natural feel to your outside space, blurring the line between indoors and outdoors.

Accessorise with green furniture, natural materials and plenty of plants to complete the jungle look!

Pacific Lifestyle Rio Metal Garden Side Table

The colourful garden table option is again provided by Pacific Lifestyle.

Their multi-functional Rio Side Table is made from powder-coated steel and is available in four colours: Black, Orange, Pink or Grey. This is another option that can be easily moved between inside and outside spaces, thanks to its convenient carry handle, and the table top is removable, so it doubles as a tray to carry drinks outside.

With this small-yet-mighty side table on hand to hold your essentials, you’ll never again misplace your reading glasses – or Pimms glasses!

3. Clever Lighting

Extreme Lounging B Bulb Plus Outdoor Light

Need to brighten up a dull and lacklustre outside space? These B Bulb Outdoor Lights by Extreme Lounging are here to do just that.

These stylish lights are perfect for small gardens because you can bring them outside when needed and use them indoors the rest of the time. They’re also small enough to pop on a table or windowsill if floor space is really limited.

Each light has two lighting options – soft or bright white – and three brightness settings, so it’s easy to adjust the lighting to suit your space (and the occasion!)

Extreme Lounging B Bulb Connect Festoon Outside Lights

No room for any freestanding lights at all? No problem, as B Bulb lights also come in string form!

Hang these stylish festoon lights along a balcony railing, fence or wall to illuminate your tiny garden without taking up any valuable floor or table space.

These mains-powered lights are fully weatherproof and UV resistant, so you can leave them outside year-round – and ensure your small outside space is always cosy and inviting.

4. Brilliant Botanicals

Maze Rattan Botany Palm Leaf Indoor Outdoor Rug

An outdoor rug is an easy way to decorate a small garden without using up any precious space that could be used for furniture or other items.

The Palm Outdoor Rug by Maze Rattan features an on-trend botanical print that’s perfect for adding greenery to your outdoor area if you haven’t got space for a vegetable patch.

As it’s made from recycled plastic bottles, you can also rest easy knowing that your new rug is green in more ways than one!

PlantBox Living Wall Stacking Planters

If you really want to grow your own flowers, veggies or herbs but don’t have the floor space planters, PlantBox is here to help.

These stackable planters allow you to ‘grow your own’ in even the smallest outdoor spaces. Simply select how many you need, fix them to a wall or fence, add soil, seeds and water, and watch them grow.

Thanks to the built-in water reservoir and water level indicator, you won’t even need to have a watering can taking up space nearby!

5. Statement Single Seats

Cuckooland Hampstead Garden Natural Premium Rattan Standing Egg Chair

Statement seating doesn’t have to be reserved for large gardens!

This single Hampstead Egg Chair is the perfect centrepiece for a small outside space or patio. It will allow you to snuggle up al fresco and enjoy your garden, whatever its size.

The freestanding design is highly practical, and the durable poly-rattan material and showerproof cushions mean it can easily withstand Great British showers (although we still recommend a cover in winter!)

Maze Rattan Florence Sunlounger

If you’re more into sunbathing than snuggling, prioritise a sun lounger over other garden furniture in your small outside space – it can always double up as a bench when guests come over.

This Florence Sunlounger from Maze Rattan is made from PU rattan with a powder-coated aluminium frame that can be left outside year-round.

Thanks to the showerproof cushion covers, you won’t need to worry about spilling a drop of your mojito as you soak up the rays in your small garden and oversized sunnies, either!

Ready to Revolutionise Your Small Outdoor Space?

When it comes to garden design, you know what they say: it’s not the size that counts; it’s what you do with it! Our clever garden furniture and accessories will help you do great things with the space you’ve been given. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231or email


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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