The sun is shining and the tank is clean, but my patio is an absolute mess RN. I guess because I only have a small patio in my yard, I just assumed that I could get away with not keeping it clean or buying any furniture for it. So, my patio just sat there, getting more unloved by the minute… while I sat indoors, scrolling through TikTok, getting more unloved by the minute (just kidding).
But now that I’m getting older I’m realizing that yogis and health-conscious celebrities aren't absolute wackos when they say that you should “harness the power of the sun” or whatever. It turns out that being outside and enjoying the sunshine CAN make you happy, which is why I’ve made it my mission to turn my patio into the ultimate chill-out spot this summer. So, I’ve been on the lookout for the best outdoor furniture that will serve as the perfect place for me to drink my morning iced coffee, but still work when I want to have a sit-down meal when I finish work. Especially as I don’t have a dining room in my rental! The outside world will become my dining room, y’all.
I’ve had to be pretty picky when it comes to choosing this patio furniture, though. It can’t be too big as I’m always on a mission to make my outdoor space feel bigger, but it still needs to be practical and long-lasting - and not too heavy, as I want to be able to take it with me to my next rental and I’m a weakling. And while those requirements seem way too OTT even for my high standards, you’ll be happy to know that I come bearing good news, folks! I’ve found small patio furniture to suit every budget and every yard. From patio sets to tables with umbrella holes and then small patio furniture with umbrellas, you should just call me the fairy godmother of patio furniture.
Best small patio furniture sets
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I get that people love mismatched furniture. I get it. Sometimes it CAN look chic, sophisticated, and quirky! But if you want my opinion, then mismatched furniture doesn’t work outside. Most of the time it looks clunky and out of place, and that’s exactly why I love it when brands offer the chance to buy matching patio sets. These sets come with matching tables and chairs, which not only helps with the aesthetic side of things but also helps with practicality. After all, when you have a matching small patio furniture set, you know the exact dimensions you’re working with — which comes in handy when you only have limited space to play with.
Made from: Metal; Polyethylene, Wicker, Polyester
Table size: H21” x W20” x D20”
Chair size: H31.4” x W21.3” x D23.7”
Two-person patio sets can be the perfect li’l addition to your patio if you’re looking for a small patio set that won’t take up too much space. After all, why do you need extra chairs when only one or two people are going to be using the set most of the time? Any extra chairs would be a complete waste of space, and I’m obsessed with this wicker set. Not only does it look stunnin’ (like a Negroni sbagliato, IYKYK), but it’s also super durable for keeping outside. The set is wrapped in PE rattan, which means it’s suitable for all weather conditions and won’t rust. Just remember to keep on top of cleaning your wicker furniture!
Made from: Resin Wicker, Steel
Table size: H28.4” x W24.1” x L24.4”
Chair size: H32” x W18” x D19.8”
If you watched Emily in Paris and fell in love with the beautiful French decor and the incredible bistros that always seemed to be full of people (do people not have work to do?!), then I have the PERFECT small patio furniture set for you. This French bistro set from Home Depot gets a major oui oui from me, as it looks authentically Parisian. It offers two chairs and a small table and the powder-coated steel reinforced frame is durable and rust-resistant. The best part? These chairs actually fold down, which means that you can give yourself extra patio space when you’re not using them.
Classic with a modern twist
Made from: Rope, Acacia Wood
Table size: H14.25” x W15.75” x D15.75”
Chair size: H29.75” x W28” x D20.25”
Sorry, but how cute is this small patio furniture set? This just goes to show that you don’t have to scrimp on style just because you have to scrimp on your space — and who would have thought you could buy something so impressive from Walmart? Go, Walmart! But this patio set is so much more than aesthetics. This set is like a combination of a lounge set and a bistro set, which means you get the practicality of having something to sit and eat food on, while also having the ability to comfortably lounge after a hard day's work. And while I’m obsessed with the white, this set also comes in black.
Small patio table with umbrella hole
If you already have outdoor dining chairs or if you plan on buying some separately, then you might just be on the market for a patio table… and you know I’ve got you covered, girl! But while you can just buy a regular ol’ table, why not buy one with an umbrella hole? I’ve crowned 2023 the year of sun safety, and having the ability to add shade to your patio can make SUCH a difference if you’re someone who is sensitive to the sun or if you live in a super hot place. Plus, if you buy a cute umbrella you can turn your outdoor area into your own little oasis — or just pretend as though you’re on Love Island.
Glass goes with everything
Made from: Plastic, Glass, Metal
Table size: H28.5” x W32” x D32”
It would be silly to have a giant table on a small patio, right?! That’s why I love this glass bistro table — and although you can’t see it in the photo, there is an umbrella hole underneath that flowerpot! Although this small li’l thing won’t take up too much space outdoors, there’s still more than enough space to hold your morning cup o’ Joe or your air fryer dinner (anyone else obsessed with air fryers? I literally can’t live without mine). As if that wasn’t enough, customers have rated this 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon, and you can’t argue with that. Argue about what kind of umbrella you want to pair with it, instead.
That classic bistro style
Made from: Cast Aluminum
Table size: H27.6” x W31” x L31”
I love a French bistro set as much as the next person (who really loves a French bistro set), and this table fits that bill perfectly. It’s a classic and traditional design and would look super cute if you plan to fill the rest of your small patio with luscious plants and flowers. But this table offers so much more than its aesthetic! As well as offering an umbrella hole for one of the best garden parasols on the market today, it's also made from cast aluminum — which means it can withstand even the most intense tabletop dancers when they turn up to your summer garden party. It’s also waterproof and coated to prevent sunscreen and rust damage.
Great for storage
Made from: Wicker, Steel
Table size: H20” x W20” x D20”
If you’re looking for more of a side table rather than an outdoor dining table for your small patio, then how about this bad boy? This wicker side table is cute and compact, but incredibly practical when you have limited space. Sure, it offers the umbrella hole and space for you to put some snacks out, but it could also double up as storage space if you wanted it to! Yep, just lift off the lid and fill it with cushions or whatever else you need out of the way, and voilà. And once you’ve bought this new addition to your small patio, make sure you check out these other awesome Amazon garden buys.
Small patio furniture with umbrella
Hands up if you’re on a budget? I’m going to assume you’re all waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care right now, because we’re in a cost-of-living crisis, people. But I’ve got some news for you that might make things easier. Sometimes buying furniture sets works out so much cheaper than buying all of the items individually, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to buying patio furniture for a small space. By buying a set that comes complete with a table and umbrella, you can buy everything in one fell swoop and save yourself some serious dough in the process.
Everything you could need
Made from: Steel, Sling, Glass
Table size: H35” x W27.5” x 27.5”
Chair size: H22.5” x W19.25” x D15.75”
TikTok has made me fall HARD for Target home finds, but it turns out that they have loads of cool furniture for outside, too. Don’t believe me? Well, how do you explain this? If you’re looking for small patio furniture with an umbrella, this 4-piece set is a really good price. Yep, this set comes with two chairs, a table, AND an umbrella — all for just over $250. It’s been designed to survive outside in all weather conditions, and what makes this whole set even more impressive is the fact that the chairs are actually foldable. So, you can fold them up out of the way if you have more people over!
Beautiful in bamboo
Made from: Bamboo, Canvas
Table size: H30” x W31” x L31”
Chair size: H35” x W23” x D18”
If you’re looking for something to brighten up your patio, this beautiful bamboo 3-piece patio set with matching umbrella comes in a whopping TWELVE (!!!!!!!) different colors! Personally, I love the pop of the orange, but the green and white stripes come a *very* close second. This set is better for those who want to use their small patio furniture as a second (or first) dining table, as the square table is perfect for outdoor meals in the sunshine. The umbrella is also a handy little addition, and the durable canvas material should ward off rot and moisture to help with its longevity.
Pineapple? More like fine-apple
Made from: Metal, Glass
Table size: H27.5” x W32” x L32”
Chair size: H36.75” x W21” x D25.25”
Are you a hostess with the most-est? Well, if you’re someone who likes to entertain a few people at a time, you might be on the market for outdoor patio furniture that sits more than just two people. So, this 4-person set might tickle your pickle! With four chairs, a table, and an umbrella, it really does have everything you might need — but it’s still not overly huge, which makes it perfect for a smaller patio. And while I know pineapples may not be everyone's cup of tea, they're so cute for summer!
What outdoor furniture holds up the best?
When choosing your small patio furniture, it’s easy to get sucked in by how attractive the set is. However, I spoke to garden furniture extraordinaire Holly Jones, from Garden Street, about the importance of stepping back and paying attention to the material of the patio set before you shell out your hard-earned money. She said, “Although you may find wooden furniture sets to be slightly cheaper than other sets, it will require maintenance to prolong its life which can be quite costly in the long run.” So, for those who have a little extra money at their disposal, Holly suggests something else. “For a low-maintenance, long-lasting furniture set then, an aluminum, plastic, or rattan set is often the better option.” And when talking about those with just a small amount of space at their disposal, Holly has the perfect advice: “Aluminium bistro sets are usually more compact than rattan bistro sets, so they are easier to store away and sometimes have folding chairs and tables.” Because of this, it’s a good idea to weigh up your budget and your requirements before you fully commit to some new patio furniture.
How we chose this small patio furniture
You’ll find that a lot of the small patio furniture on this list has been featured elsewhere on the Real Homes site, and that’s not just because we love these products on a personal level. We make sure to only recommend products that have the best reviews from other customers, so you know that you’re buying high-quality products that are worth your money.
Where to buy small patio furniture
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