Space saving ideas for small outdoor spaces

Big ideas, small space? Don’t let a compact outdoor area cramp your style.

The best Outdoor furniture is designed cleverly enough to turn your small outdoor space into a backyard sanctuary that everyone will want to enjoy.


Pictured: LACY 3 piece balcony setting


Maximising outdoor space

You’ve seen the renovation shows, now you’re keen to transform your own deck or balcony into a year-round retreat. The only challenge is, you’re working in a limited space.

Before you buy outdoor furniture, you need to know exactly how big that space is. You can then check the dimensions of your favourite furniture choices and consider their fit.

However, size isn’t everything. Furniture that is cleverly-made to be multi-functional, yet doesn’t scrimp on style, will give you more bang for your buck and your guests won’t even notice your patio or deck is space-challenged.

For example, lightweight, polypropylene LYLA or SKYLAR chairs, in white or charcoal – both colours trending in Australian and Europe – are a stylish choice that can be used indoors, or outdoors, and easily moved and stored.

The Replica Adirondack side table, that features high quality acacia wood with a high-density PU coating, is big on looks – it's based on an iconic New York design. Yet it can also be moved around effortlessly to support cool drinks, or to rest your smart phone on while you relax.

To get maximum function and value from your outdoor pieces, you might also like to use a stool as a side table, or large sofa cushions made from attractive, heavyweight fabric as floor cushions too.

Other design tricks used to create a dream backyard and disguise space issues include:

A space-saving sunshade that folds up after use so you can enjoy your outdoor escape even on the hottest morning or afternoon is also an essential way to maximise space in your dream backyard.


Pictured: REPLICA ADIRONDACK side table


Space saving furniture that folds away

Maybe because we’re spending more time outdoors, furniture designers are getting smarter about pieces that fulfil our needs while being easy on the eye and able to withstand the elements.

Furniture that easily folds away is the solution to so many outdoor challenges including space. (For more information on choosing the perfect outdoor furniture, check out our article How to choose the perfect outdoor furniture | Amart Furniture).

The clever NOBBY 11 piece outdoor dining setting doesn’t scrimp on features – a rectangular dining table, six cushioned dining chairs and four, square ottomans. But they all fold away under the table for a space-saving solution. Why not sink into one of the chairs to read, browse the internet, or have a quiet drink, after guests have departed, or when you want to enjoy your own, precious, leisure time.


Pictured: Nobby 11piece dining package - see all configurations here


Stackable space saving furniture

When the party’s over, you may want to stack furniture away on either a corner of the deck or balcony, or in the garage or shed. That’s easy, if you’ve made the right choices when you bought outdoor furniture pieces. What to look for: stylish but lightweight furniture that that comes with stack-ability.

Plastic, wicker, or aluminium pieces are lighter than timber and, mostly, can be lifted by one. That’s good news for storage and for those who like to refresh outdoor looks by rearranging furniture pieces.

The JULIA 3 piece balcony setting features a sturdy steel frame and on-trend white wicker finish that is instantly appealing. Design-wise, it’s an unbeatable style that says lazy, tropical days with a refreshing beer or cocktail and a summer vibe. Even better, the chairs are stackable when not in use.


Pictured: JULIA 3 piece balcony setting


Maximising comfort from space saving outdoor furniture

Saving on space doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort. In fact, ditch any ideas you have about furniture that compromises look and feel for pieces that will fit into a tight space.

Quality outdoor furniture that’s big on options, offers pieces that don’t take up too much space but still look effortlessly stylish and feel luxurious. The right cushions are also important – look for ones with deep-foam that you can sink into.

Thinking more about stretching out for an afternoon nap, to listen to music on your Bluetooth speaker, or to plunge into a new bestseller? Everyone loves a day bed, but not everyone thinks they have room for one.

The Salt daybed offers luxurious comfort, but despite the oversized appearance, this round daybed is the perfect size to tuck at the end of a small verandah. Our Aviara hanging chair is great for those awkward, tight corners - great for small balconies or poolside decks.


Pictured: AVIARA hanging chair