Real talk: if you’re one of the 80% of Americans that live in an urban area, outdoor space can be hard to come by. For those lucky enough to have open-air spaces larger than a fire escape ledge, figuring out what to do with said spaces can be a challenge. You may be tempted to throw a few folding chairs at your patio and call it a day, but keep in mind that the same rules apply to the backyard as they do for any small space: you just need a little bit of creativity to make a big impact. Here’s how to fit an all-in-one lounge/dining space into your small backyard without sacrificing comfort or style. Here’s to taking it outdoors!

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An outdoor sectional is great for defining a backyard space. It provides enough comfortable lounging space for multiple people and can do double-duty as a banquet for dining. Place a bunch of outdoor pillows and throws across the sectional for an ultra-comfortable experience.


Round bistro tables are the secret weapon of any space-saver. They can accommodate a number of people without taking up a ton of space. Add one chair alongside your sectional banquet and you’re good-to-go!


An amazing way to bring the comfort of the indoors outside? Multi-purpose indoor/outdoor rugs! Made from recycled polyester, these rugs feel softer than wool, but have the benefit of being durable and weather-resistant.


Let there be light! Warm up your outdoor space with string lights, lanterns, an hurricanes. Want to keep mosquitos at bay? Pop a citronella candle into a candle holder.


Don’t forget plants! If your back yard is paved, bring in some much-needed life with an assortment of planters. Added bonus: you can bring them inside in the winter!

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