Size isn't everything, but it can be hard to dress a smaller area that allows it to be both a practical and functional space. Designing a smaller garden is similar to designing a small interior room: you need to think through your styling, making sure that everything is carefully selected and placed to optimise every inch. Here’s how to achieve this in the small garden.
Start with shade
Just because you have a small garden doesn’t mean you can’t welcome guests over for a spot of al fresco dining. However, no matter what outdoor table and chairs you choose, if it’s in a sunny spot of the garden, make sure there is shade. Why not consider a gazebo or a sail shade for maximum style?
Consider how you will use your smaller garden
From lounging to dining, consider the main activity that will take place in the space and dress it accordingly. For example, if it is an informal play space, then informal, lounge seating such as an outdoor sofa will be your priority in terms of seating.
Opt for a round dining table to maximise space and flow
If dining in the garden is something you enjoy doing during the warmer months, then choosing an outdoor table and dining chairs that are fit for purpose will clearly be top of your list. A rectangle outdoor table will have a solid presence, but if you want to maximise space in the smaller garden, the opting for a small round dining table encourages this with improved flow.
Dimensions and size are important
Just because your garden is Bijou doesn't mean that you can't opt for a 6-seater dining table with stylish dining chairs, especially if you have a large family or plan on moving your entertaining from your dining room to the patio. Opt for the largest table you can give your budget, space and dimensions of the patio but a beautiful outdoor dining table and 4 chairs is a great addition to the smaller garden.
Make the most of every corner
Some corners of the garden can be sunny, others in the shade but if you smaller garden is blessed with the morning sun in one area or you can enjoy your evening meal basking in the rays of a glorious sunset, consider opting for more formal dining table and chairs. A bistro garden table set is ideal for as a smaller patio table with two very functional chairs. There is also something very chic about this patio table and chair sets too.
Switch it up with statement dining chairs
Just because you have a small garden doesn’t mean you can ramp it up in terms of style. As well as pretty LED lights gently flickering or a pillar candle in storm glasses, consider notching up the style with statement dining chairs. For example, rattan outdoor dining chairs are ideal for mixing with an outdoor dining table or patio table.
Cushions, throws and rugs
Just like an interior room, framing your patio or smaller garden helps in its appeal and by adding functional details, you add style without clutter. Consider an outdoor rug, for example, perfect for your garden table set to sit on and soften the edges bringing warmth with rugs and scatter cushions for your guests too.
The smaller garden can be a haven of style, a welcome outdoor space in which to relax and dine, more so when you maximise space with a round outdoor table and stylish dining chairs.