Outdoor Living: Perfect Small Patio Products to Create Happy Memories


No matter how beautiful your home, it’s always good to get out of the house, enjoy some fresh air, and spend some time in nature. But perhaps you only have a tiny, somewhat grungy patio, which doesn’t feel particularly inviting.

Any space, no matter how small, can be transformed into a functional, inviting area! Start by giving your patio a thorough hose-down! An evening cocktail is more enjoyable without the company of spiders.

Next, plan how you want to use your patio – fun with the family, quiet sunrises with your cat, or entertaining with friends? We’ve compiled some outdoor products that will fit perfectly with your small patio dreams!


Space-Saving Furniture

Location: Long Island, New York

Every great outdoor space needs seating and usable surfaces, preferably that can serve multiple people. But how do you fit it all? Kozy Kingdom has a great solution.

Their sushi table and bench set is designed so that when you’re not using it, you can fit all of the seats under the table where they’re out of the way. Made from all-weather synthetic whicker and glass, this perfect compact set will leave enough room on your patio to fit a larger chair or other furniture too.

Small Bistro Set

Location: Edmore, Michigan

A bistro set is the perfect solution for a small outdoor space, maximizing height rather than width in its design. Style meets functionality in Lake Land Mills beautifully handcrafted cedar bistro set. Made from white cedar logs, this table and chair set will bring rustic charm to any patio. The perfect setting for a date night or hot chocolate and a book!

Storage and Prep Station

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Even with a small patio, you don’t have to give up on your dreams of an outdoor bar! Suncast’s durable, resin storage and prep station can serve as a drinks bar, grill prep area, or snack zone for your kids. Compact and with lockable wheels, you can move this station around to suit your needs, or pull it out of the way when you need more space.

Outdoor Shelf & Table

Location: Syracuse, Indiana

Don’t forget the details! A little side shelf is a perfect place for your plants, collectables, and more. Polywood makes faux wood shelves in 7 different colors, entirely from recycled plastic! Completely washable and with UV protection to keep the color from fading, these light shelves are versatile and support sustainability!

Mood & Privacy

Outdoor Lighting

Location: Coventry, Rhode Island

Small patios often lack proper lighting. You may have just one dingy light mounted beside your back door. That’s no way to set the mood!

But Seaside Casual creates unique outdoor lamps that are small enough to hang or tall and freestanding to double as statement pieces. They make solar-powered lanterns in striking modern outlines and tabletop lamps that look just like your interior lamps, but weatherproof!


Location: Wadena, Minnesota

Shade is a must have to keep off the sun and rain and help protect your furniture from the harsher elements. Patio umbrellas are a more affordable solution than building out a full awning.

Homecrest’s umbrellas are trusted in the luxury resort industry for their fiberglass ribs, high impact polymer joints, and permanent or semi-permanent mounting options. This umbrella will last you for years and its smooth, double-rope pulley system makes it easy to open and close at will.

Decorative Privacy Screen

Location: Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Privacy can transform your patio into a mini oasis, especially if you live in the city or in multifamily housing. But even if you have a full backyard, sectioning off your patio can make each space feel more intentional.

Barrette Outdoor Living creates award-winning decorative privacy panels in a variety of floral and geometric designs. Their panels can fit up to three high in their aluminum frames to serve as freestanding dividers. Or affix individual panels to fill smaller structural gaps or even use as artwork!

Share a photo of your perfect patio with Built for Home! Do you have any other favorite, must-have patio items? Let us know so we can pass on even more hacks to our readers.

About the Author

Caylah Coffeen is a writer and editor sharing her insight on unique home products that help readers make their homes feel more like home. She also mentors fiction authors at her publishing company, Creative Cornerstones, based in Huntsville, Alabama.


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