12 Things Every Super Tiny Outdoor Space Needs

You can still add style to the tiniest of spaces.

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When you have a sprawling backyard, creating an amazing outdoor space is pretty easy. But what if you have a tiny balcony with just a sliver of an outdoor space? When you're dealing with a tiny patio, you need to be smart and strategic about your furniture and decor decisions. If you're a die-hard gardener, you can allot a bit more space for plants. But if you're a plant serial killer (me!), you might want to trick out your balcony with a fun seating area instead. In either case, we've got you covered. Check out these 12 versatile pieces for tiny balcony dwellers everywhere.

Carnivale Folding Chair

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Living Spaces

If you don’t have space to leave a bunch of chairs out on your balcony, think about getting some folding chairs that you can store when they’re not in use. A fun color like orange is a great way to add a splash to your outdoor space. You can even mix and match a few different hues.

Table + Chairs

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Ikea

If you’re looking for a petite table-and-chairs combo, this set from Ikea could be the perfect addition to your patio. Best of all, the entire set can be folded up and moved out of the way in seconds. Since this set is made of wood, you can either leave it as is, stain it or even paint it a bold color.

$65, ikea.com

Two-Tone Side Table

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West Elm

I love this modern side table, as it could easily serve as a double-duty (or triple-duty!) piece. You could use it as a small side table, group a couple of them together as a coffee table or use them as stools for extra seating.

$100, westelm.com

Hanging Planter

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CB2

If you lack space on your balcony for a proper planter, consider a hanging planter like this one. This would look fab on its own or grouped together with other hanging planters hung at varying heights.

$15, cb2.com

Nesting Conversation Set

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Hayneedle

This conversation set is another example of smart double-duty furniture. There are two outdoor poufs and a storage table. However, all of the pieces can be used as seating, too. Best of all, for storage, all three pieces nest into one another like a Matryoshka doll.

$99 (set of 3), hayneedle.com

Floor Decking

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Ikea

This outdoor flooring clicks together for super easy installation. It’s a great way to make a tiny outdoor space instantly feel a bit more pulled together. You can either leave the decking as is, or cover it with a chic area rug.

$2.29/square foot, ikea.com

Vertical Plant Stand

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Ikea

This vertical plant stand is a great option for plants in a tight space, since you can simply lean the stand against the wall. If you’re not great with plants, consider filling the pots with succulents. (These are more difficult to kill — trust me. I speak from experience.)

$40, ikea.com

Half Umbrella Awning

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World Market

For most people with a balcony, a large outdoor umbrella would take up your entire space. However, half umbrellas are a whole different story. This chic, striped, half umbrella is a great option if you need a bit of shade but don’t have a ton of space.

Mini Propane Fire Column

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Hayneedle

This narrow firepit is the perfect choice for anyone short on space who still wants to be in front of the fire. It’s powered with a standard one-pound propane tank and has an easy, push-button ignition.

Flameless LED Candles

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Amazon.com

These candles are made from real wax and look like standard candles. However, they have a faux LED flame, so they're safe to leave out in a crowd or around the kids.

$10 (set of 6), amazon.com

Solar LED Lantern

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World Market

This is a great outdoor light that you can hang up so it’s out of the way. As a solar light, it charges during the day then automatically turns on when it gets dark. No cords or batteries necessary! This one would look great hung in a grouping with lanterns at varying heights.

Rail Planters

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Amazon.com

These planters rest easily right on top of your balcony railing. They come in a variety of colors and work on any railing up to four inches. They come in packs of two and look great if you’re able to set them up along one edge of your balcony with colorful plants or succulents.

$49 (set of 2), amazon.com

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