Perhaps you live in a city where large gardens are unheard of or you live in a flat with only a small balcony space and don’t feel like you can utilise it. Well, these top tips are here to make it easy for you to enjoy your outdoor space no matter how small.

Just because your patio or balcony is on the smaller side doesn’t mean you need to stop using this space entirely. Instead, you can transform your small outdoor space into a cosy and comfortable space with garden furniture. The trick is to arrange your furniture in a certain way so that it doesn’t feel cramped or out of place.

Here are our top 3 tips for how to arrange your patio furniture in a small space:

"Having a small garden is much more preferable to having no garden space, so make sure you don’t waste it by never using it!"

- White Stores

1. Pick A Focal Point

The focal point of your garden or balcony will be the centre of your furniture arrangement. The “gathering spot” if you will. From this point, you should work outwards, and all furniture should stem outwards from this point.


2. Symmetrical or Asymmetrical?

If you have limited space, then you have to pick the perfect outdoor furniture that not only fits but also complements the space well. Therefore, you need to make a choice on the ambience and feel of the area that you are aiming for. If you’re working towards a laid-back, quirky outdoor space then you can look for furniture that will create an asymmetrical arrangement – this could include hanging pods, lounge chairs or mismatching items.

However, if you’re looking to create a more formal outside space, furniture that fits in a symmetrical arrangement is ideal. This could include sofa sets and square casual dining sets.

3. Pick A Focal Point

If you have a small space, then strategic placement of your garden furniture is crucial. We recommend always placing the longest piece of your furniture – which could be a sofa or the longest side of a corner sofa – along the longest wall and ideally facing your focal point.

Not only is arranging your furniture correctly the best way to utilise your outdoor space but you should also consider what materials you choose. If you have a small space the two materials that we recommend the most are rattan and outdoor fabric.

Rattan Garden Furniture

Rattan is a high-quality, weatherproof material that can be left outside all year round. This means that you won’t have to find space to store the furniture - which could be tricky if your outdoor space is small and you don’t have a shed or garage.

Rattan is ideal for year-round use and can be covered with a weatherproof cover should you worry about leaving it outdoors in the winter months. Plus, rattan thrives in both hot and cold weather alike, meaning you won’t be concerned of the furniture getting too hot and not being able to move it around due to limited space.

However, you will still need to store the garden furniture cushions indoors when not in use.


Fabric Garden Furniture


This is where outdoor fabric comes in. Thanks to the extremely weather-resistant material you can leave the entire set outside, cushions included. That means you really won’t have to worry about storage solutions that could take up precious garden space.

The unique material is also stain resistant and should it become dirty can be cleaned with a diluted bleach solution or for tougher stains can be jetwashed.

Having a small garden is much more preferable to having no garden space, so make sure you don’t waste it by never using it! Make the most of the space by being smart with your furniture choices.

For recommendations and to measure furniture for your space, be sure to visit one of our garden furniture showrooms located throughout the UK.