9 Double-Duty Favorites for Tiny Outdoor Spaces

Don't let a small backyard cramp your outdoor entertaining plans this season! Fitting a table, fire pit, potted garden, and more into your tiny space falls within the realm of possibility, should you invest strategically in hard-working tables and seating that do more than just their job. With these nine multifunctional pieces of outdoor furniture, you can fill out your dream deck, porch, or patio—without feeling short on space.

  1. Fire Pit + Table

    Propane Fire Pit Table

    Nothing says summer quite like s'mores roasting over a fire pit. With this outdoor centerpiece, which runs on a standard propane tank, you can summon the ambiance of flickering flames at the flip of switch. Lose no space over this luxurious backyard feature, either! Simply replace the lid, and the dual-purpose unit becomes a patio table perfect for daytime use. Available at Macy's; $2,399.

    Related: No Money to Burn? 9 Fire Pits You Can Afford


  2. Flower Pot + Solar Lamp

    Glow in the Dark Flower Pots

    On a small deck or patio, every square inch matters. That's what makes these lanterns such a handy find! During the daytime, they beautify your space as flower pots—and quietly soak up the solar energy they need to operate at night. When dusk falls, simply switch on the colorful LED lights for a cheerful glow. Available at Plow & Hearth; starting at $100.

    Related:  8 New Ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting


  3. Campfire Seat + Bucket Storage

    Camping Furniture

    Never go without a seat near the fire when you bring your own bucket stool. Stash your camping gear beneath the wooden lid for long weekend adventures, or simply fill with extra supplies of marshmallows if you're only trekking out to the backyard. Available at Plow & Hearth; $80.

    Related: Weekend Projects - 5 Quick DIY Fire Starters


  4. Log Rack + Outdoor Sideboard

    Log Rack

    A stack of kindling for the season's campfires can easily overrun your patio or deck. Instead, keep your supplies neat, tidy, and with space to spare by using a stylish setup like this combination log rack and sideboard—its tabletop offers the room enough to set out your lemonade other summer sweets! Available at Plow & Hearth; $300.

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  5. Bar Tabletop + Sleek Cooler

    Cooler Table

    You don't need a pool to host a summer party, but cold refreshments are a must. This hardworking bar tabletop hides a cooler underneath its rattan weave so that your chilled bottles are an arm's length away from the snacks set out on top. Available on Amazon; $108.

    Related:  Outdoor Storage - 10 Smart Solutions for Your Deck, Porch, or Patio


  6. Outdoor Bench + Planter

    Bench Planter

    It's no secret that adding a bench to an ordinary landscape design can elevate it into a serene retreat. But have you ever considered a bench that's a garden unto itself? This double-duty piece brings life (literally) to any patio, porch, deck, or garden. Whether you choose to fill it with bright annuals or pest-repellent citronella, this seat is sure to become a special spot to enjoy the season. Available on Amazon; $425.


  7. Shady Umbrella + Mosquito Net

    Mosquito Netting for Patio

    Enjoy your next outdoor meal without UV rays or pesky bugs when you sit under this hanging umbrella and detachable mosquito net. (The netting unzips easily for when you'd like to collapse and bring the shady unit to the beach!) When you're ready to call it a day, just crank the handle and fold the umbrella down. Available on Amazon; $150.

    Related:  10 Time-Tested Tricks for a Bug-Free Backyard


  8. Side Table + Garden Seating

    White Garden Stool

    This versatile ceramic garden stool is a triple threat. When extra guests arrive, lift drinks off of what appears to be a floral carved side table and it functions as spare seating! Then when the party ends, set succulents atop the stool for an elegant plant stand. Available at Plow & Hearth; $130.

    Related:  12 Tiny Gardens You Can Grow on a Tabletop


  9. Outdoor Bench + Hidden Storage

    Patio Storage Bench

    As the saying goes, "out of sight, out of mind." Nothing cuts visual clutter quicker than a storage bench. If you need to clear your space quickly for unexpected guests, throw it all inside its trunk space and organize it later! (The extra space also works to store patio cushions and other textiles during poor weather.) Available on Amazon; $130.

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