20 Amazing Small Patio Ideas

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Are you  limited by the size of your patio?

If you think so, here are some rule-bending small patio ideas and designs to take inspiration from.

With real estate, many people often thing more is better.

But, like most things in life, it’s all about quality over quantity.

That’s why having a small patio or balcony doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t do a lot with it.

What matters most if how to maximize the space you have.

Here are some amazing examples of what you can do with limited space.

Picnic Setting

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Picnic under the stars (and lights).

This is a wonderful way to take full advantage of the cozy patio or balcony.

The lights are a perfect accompaniment because they cover a smaller space.

It would be completely different if the area was very big.

That size, the rug, candles and wooden picnic table is perfect.

Quiet & Secluded

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For something more private and secluded, this is amazing.

The background is perfect because of the landscaping.

Then, there’s a beautiful fire pit that and a stone path that leads you to the seating area.

Under the Plants

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You can likewise use a covered area  as well.

While having an open outdoor space is always great, it isn’t all the best during the hot summer days.

This is especially true if you live in a city where the temperature goes past 90 degrees during the summer months.

The natural plant cover from above gives you the right amount of shade without blocking all of it.

Private Space

Private Space

Here’s another private space.

But this time, it’s for anyone who lives in an apartment or condo unit.

This kind of space gives you enough privacy. Yet, it’s still cozy and well lit.

That makes it perfect to spend some quality time with people who are important in your life.

Tight Spaces

Tight Spaces

Just because you don’t have a ton of outdoor space doesn’t mean you can’t have a lovely patio.

This is a prime example of that.

By working with what you have, and figuring out the best way to maximize that space, you’ll be able to come up with some beautiful.

That’s the case with this tight, L-shaped outdoor space.

Nature Themed Patio

Nature Theme

This yet proves once again that it’s not about how much space you have.

Instead, it’s what you do with that space.

This is a fairly small patio area.

Yet, it’s got to be one of the best designed ones I’ve seen.

The nature vibe along with the string lights make it so unique.

And, it isn’t expensive to create as well.

Patio Under the Shade

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Using a thin fabric or even a boat sail is a great way to add some shade to your patio.

This lets you enjoy the sun, but not too much of it.

It also lets you get the wind’s breeze without it being too bothersome.

If you enjoy modern design, the while and gray theme along with the wood furniture looks amazing.

Patio For the Entire Family

For the Entire Family

For those of you who have large family gatherings at home often, this is a great way to do it.

The long table and extra space works well for both adults and kids.

And, the wood slats overhead will let you cover the area in case of rain or too much sun.


Rustic Patio

One creative way of setting up your patio is to use what nature gives you.

In this case, it’s the large tree what works both as a background and shade.

This is wonderful because it lets you get away from the hustle and bustle of city life without having to travel miles to do so.

And, it’s a perfect environment to relax.

Designed for Privacy

Designed for Privacy

This is a lovely open space that offers a lot of privacy.

The large wall keeps everyone else away so you can spend time to yourself or with those you care about the most.

And, in case you want to have a romantic dinner, the string lights and table candlelight are perfect.

Relaxed Atmosphere

Relaxed Atmosphere

This a a fun and relaxed patio where everyone can just sit back and enjoy.

It’s the perfect place to stay after a long day or week at work.

You can hang back with friends and family, drink some beers and chat.

I do love the matching design as well.

Fully Functional

Fully Functional

Sometimes you just want a multipurpose patio.

That’s what you have here.

It’s great to do almost anything here.

You can read, have dinner, enjoy a nice, private conversation or open your laptop and work outdoors.

I also love the plants that off to the side. They definitely make the space so much more enticing to stay in.

A Piece of Zen

A Piece of Zen

Sometimes, getting out to your patio is all about getting away.

Even if it’s just for a few hours.

This is one great example of that.

It’s surrounded by natural features. Yet, it’s got all the comforts you need to relax.

I also really like the addition of the fire pit. It not only lets you stay warm and lit at night, but also makes the entire space feel cozier.

Comfortable & Romantic

Comfortable & Romantic

You’re not going to get much more romantic that this.

It’s perfect for sitting outside under a blanket on a cool, breezy night with your special someone.

The lighting is just right. Thanks to very well-placed lamps.

Not too bright. Not too dark.

Simple Space

Simple Space

Simple and functional.

This is something you can create without spending a lot of money.

And, it will let you or your kids spend time sitting outside.

I’ll admit, this isn’t romantic or very decorative.

But, it’s among the most practical patio designs around.


Cozy Patio

Here’s another small yet cozy patio space.

The thing is, size isn’t really much of an issue if you know what you want from your patio.

In this case, it’s the grass turf, a nice well-lit place to sit and a grill in case you want to entertain.

That’s all you really need.

It’s all about knowing what you want (and need).

Around the Fire Pit

Around the Fire Pit

This is one of my all-time favorites.

It isn’t often that nature is the primary focus on of a patio.

But, that’s the case in this one.

And, it’s utterly amazing.

The patio furniture is fairly simple. Three chairs and a small fire pit.

What makes it stand out are the variety of plants and flowers around it.

Jungle Garden

Jungle Garden

Speaking of plants, you can things a step further.

Here’s a patio that takes you away from any urban environment and into your own jungle oasis.

You’ve got all sorts of plants, large and small.

And, they’re so well placed that they don’t cramp up the space.

This gives you a lot of room to move around. And, still have a lot of space for the large plants.

Space Saver

Space Saver

If you’ve got a very small patio or balcony, here’s one way to maximize space.

Instead of letting a table take up valuable real estate, just hang it up.

This lets you enjoy your meal. Then, remove it to free up the area.

By doing so, you’ll be able to free up the patio floor for other things.

Bright & White

Bright & White

Bright and cozy.

Frankly, it doesn’t get any better than this.

You’ve got a fairly minimalist design. Yet, everything is in the right place.

This just goes to prove that the way you use the space is much more important than the space itself.

This goes a long way since you don’t always have full control of what you can afford in terms of housing.


I hope that you can see that the size of your patio or balcony doesn’t limit what you can do with it.

What matters most is what you want the space to be.

And, how you’re going to create that space.

Once you know that, it’s all about maximizing the floor area you have.

Which of the patio designs do you like most?


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