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There’s a reason that patios and balconies are such coveted apartment perks. They make it easy to get some fresh air without leaving the comfort of your own home, and they’re great entertainment spaces during the warmer months. If you really want to get the most out of your patio or balcony, follow these tips to maximize the space.

  1. Opt for multipurpose furniture. In order to create a comfy space to hang out, you’ll have to fill at least some of your patio with furniture. However, you want to keep things as simple as possible, so opt for smaller pieces of furniture that can pull double-duty, such as ottomans that offer both seating and storage.

  2. Don’t go overboard. You might be tempted to stuff your balcony full of cushy furniture, but fight that urge. When you’re working with a small space, less is more. Only add as much furniture as you need, and choose items that take up less room, such as wrought-iron chairs with comfy cushions.

  3. Focus on the flow. When you start to arrange your furniture, keep in mind that you won’t just be sitting out on the patio. You’ll have to get in and out easily to grab another pitcher of lemonade or answer the door when a new friend arrives. Circle up your furniture in a way that allows for easy conversation and flow of traffic.

  4. Never skimp on plants. The one area where you don’t have to hold back? Greenery. Your outdoor space should feel like an oasis, and plants can help achieve that effect. Try to find unused space for planters, like a corner tucked away behind a chair, or add flower boxes to your railing for some extra life and color.

15 Small Patio Decorating Ideas [HGTV]
How to Make the Most of Your Seriously Small Apartment Balcony [Apartment Therapy]
Four Tips for Decorating a Small Patio With Style [The Spruce]

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