Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Small-Space Outdoor Entertaining Tips



Arrange Outdoor Furniture Effectively

The best way to maximize the space of a small porch or deck for outdoor entertaining is to keep furniture around the perimeter. Outdoor party guests will have more standing room in a smaller rectangular space instead of having to navigate around a large patio table.







Use Large Pillows for Seating

Add seating without taking up a lot of space by arraigning large floor pillows in addition to or in place of deck chairs around a table. Using pillows for creating small decks creates a more intimate and comfortable space for outdoor entertaining, and they're super easy to rearrange or remove if you decide you need more room.



Use a Nontraditional Patio Table 

Patio tables can take up valuable space, especially if you need to entertain a lot of guests in a small backyard area. Instead, set up all-purpose counter island in the middle of your space and add barstools. This creates an area for food prep, eating, and outdoor entertaining -- all rolled into one piece of furniture.






Create a Cozy Small Space

It's easy to make a small space feel cozy -- and still have enough room to entertain outdoor party guests -- with the right amount of patio furniture. Here, two chairs and a couch are arranged in a half-circle around a small table, giving guests a place to sit or stand on a small deck.







Use Narrow Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor entertaining on apartment decks can be tricky because you don't have a lot of space. Make the most of it -- and still provide seating for a handful of outdoor party guests -- by opting for narrow outdoor couches and arranging them across from each other. This creates an intimate outdoor space for entertaining while keeping part of the deck for walking or standing room.





Elongate an Outdoor Space

Narrow outdoor spaces like this one can seem bigger if you use small outdoor furniture, such as the pink chairs on the right. The table, which is a repurposed metal cart covered in a festive tablecloth, can be easily moved to create more space with little hassle. The white rug leading to the table elongates the small space and makes it look like there is more standing room.





Use Small Table

When entertaining in a small outdoor space, such as this deck, a large table for food can take up more than half of your space. Instead, set up a tray of appetizers on a small, fold-out table(like the ones used for tv dinners) and you'll have more room for deck chairs, couches, or other decorations that will enhance your outdoor space.







This post was adapted from http://www.bhg.com


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