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13 May 2022

6 Space-Saving Garden Furniture Ideas for Small Gardens

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Dave Hut - Content Editor

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to show your small garden some TLC. You don’t need fancy water features or expensive lounge sofas to make an impact.

We believe good things come in small packages. That’s why we’re here to help you make the most of your outdoor space with compact garden furniture for small gardens, multi-purpose storage solutions, light-reflecting mirrors and more.

Keep reading as we share six expert tips to transform your cramped garden into a miniature Eden with our brand-new poly rattan patio furniture sets and accessories.

Garden furniture and décor ideas for small gardens

1. Introduce a small garden table and chairs

Summer is the perfect time for unpacking the BBQ and enjoying a few beers with your friends. However, it can be tricky to entertain large groups if space is limited. How do you get around this? Invest in a small but stylish garden table and chairs.

Poly rattan patio furniture is a popular choice, thanks to its enduring qualities. The material is weather-resistant, lightweight and low-maintenance. Practicality aside, the hand-woven texture combines country charm with modern minimalism, creating a versatile aesthetic that can withstand the fickleness of fashion.

The Scandi-style Dalby bistro set for two and dining set for four are suitable for intimate gatherings and family meals. The chairs even come with water-resistant seat cushions to ensure they can withstand the elements no matter the weather.

2. Magnify light with mirrors

Is your garden dark and dreary? If so, there’s no need to worry. Hang a few cleverly positioned mirrors and marvel at their space-boosting superpowers! Not only do they reflect sunlight into shadowy corners, but they also give the illusion of depth.

There’s a wealth of exciting ways you can use mirrors. Nestle them within foliage to make plant beds seem longer or choose a bright frame to break up monotonous colour schemes. If you want to fill your garden with sunset tones, angle an oversized mirror towards the sky. The orange and yellow reflections will cast a warming glow across your patio.

3. Opt for stackable outdoor furniture

If you’re short on outdoor storage space, you’ll want to avoid bulky items in favour of streamlined garden furniture sets for small gardens that are more practical.  

Complete with stackable chairs, sleek aluminium frames and showerproof cushions, the Dalby range looks fabulous come rain or shine. The lounge set boasts two armchairs, a two-seater sofa and a coffee table for sun-kissed soirees, all of which stack neatly away without taking up too much space in your garage or shed.

Alternatively, you might prefer our luxurious Bedgebury collection in soft grey or natural. Perfect for larger groups, both the eight-seat dining set and ten-seat dining set in this poly rattan garden furniture range feature nestable stools and foldable chairs that tuck underneath the table when not in use to make storing them much easier.  

4. Scatter luxurious soft furnishings

Want to draw attention away from your limited outdoor space? Experiment with clashing textures and materials to create interesting focal points. You could use stones and wooden trunks for a Zen garden vibe or play with luxurious soft furnishings.

Fluffy cushions and throws serve a dual purpose. They keep you cosy in the evenings when the temperature suddenly drops. Plus, vibrant patterns add a pop of colour to otherwise drab dining areas. Whatever your preference, prioritise high-quality, machine washable fabrics that can withstand outside use.

5. Choose storage that doubles as a bench or table

Who can resist a handy piece of multi-purpose furniture? There are plenty of creative options available, including garden benches that double as tables, stools with hidden storage and hanging plant pots with solar lights.

If you have an outside area that’s protected from the rain, why not introduce a handy storage bench? The wicker-style baskets complement rattan patio furniture and are large enough to store umbrellas, shoes and toys. When everything’s packed away, take a seat on the plush padded top.

Storage benches from the Tetbury range are good options for sheltered spots and conservatories. Plus, you can unzip the cushion seat cover when it needs a wash.

6. Use innovative landscaping techniques

Alongside introducing small patio furniture, use innovative landscaping techniques. It’s an inexpensive way to add several metres to your garden.

If you don’t have room for flower beds, capitalise on vertical space. Climbing plants like clematis, honeysuckle and wisteria are easy to grow, even in the dreariest British summers. By directing the eye upwards, you’ll distract from limited floor space. Living walls and green fences also blur the boundaries of your garden for an expansive feel.

Explore garden furniture for small gardens

It’s time to breathe new life into your outside space with our high-quality garden furniture for small gardens. Whether you want a complete overhaul or just a few decorative details, we have something for every preference and occasion.

Our Bedgebury and Dalby collections make entertaining a breeze. The chairs are stackable or foldable for convenient storage underneath tables, and the expert finish protects against all weather conditions. 

If you want to learn more about our small garden tables and chairs, you can browse all of our ranges online or read the essential guide to choosing the best summer garden furniture for you on our blog.

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Dave Hut
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