How To Arrange Patio Furniture?

Published on Updated on REMARKABLE PICKS by James Bui

Arranging patio and other outdoor furniture can be overwhelming, especially when you are working with petite space. Whether you are furnishing a large patio that welcomes visitors or a private back porch, you want to adopt a patio furniture layout that functions for your needs. After all, your patio is an extension of your indoor environment.

How you decorate and arrange elements in your patio dictates how you and your guests utilize the furniture, view the property itself, move, and converse on your deck. That said, the best outdoor furniture layout plan should complement your home and lifestyle.

If you are considering adding furniture to your patio but can’t get started because you’re running short of ideas, this post will discuss how you can arrange patio furniture to create a lasting impression on your guests.

How To Arrange Patio Furniture

There is no such thing as the best way to arrange outdoor furniture. The best arrangement is the one that works for you, functions for your needs, and complements your home and lifestyle in the best way possible.

Here are tips to consider when getting started:

1. Understand and layout your outdoor patio space

Although how you approach designing your outdoor space is an entirely personal decision, it could be a challenging task.

First off, you need to understand your space and develop a layout that will set the tone for that space. For the most part, this means visualizing what you want to create and seeing whether it is attainable with the available space.

Before bringing anything to your patio, take a look at the elements around your outdoor space and consider how doors, windows, staircases, and railings affect the flow of the deck. Next, measure the patio and sketch it. This will help you choose a setup and furniture that suits your space.

If you are working with a small space, consider small deck furniture.

2. Choose a focal point

Creating a focal point is an essential part of smart design for an outdoor space. A focal point forms the heart of your arrangement, guiding the eye to a favorable part of your patio and away from less favorable points.

For instance, you can surround a fire pit or fireplace with several Spade Outdoor Rope Leisure Chairs and an outdoor decorative table. The idea is to establish a point of interest where guests will focus as they lounge.

3. Placement of outdoor furniture

There are endless ways to create a balanced patio furniture arrangement. Symmetrical arrangements create a formal living space, whereas asymmetrical arrangement creates a more casual feel.

Whether you are looking to maximize space with a modern Positano 4 seater outdoor chaise lounge or want to add a touch of modern charm and fashion with a Bradford Balcony set, make sure you direct the flow of traffic in a way that eases congestion. Think about how guests will enter and traverse your outdoor space, then place the elements appropriately.

Ideally, you want to make your patio feel more open and less cramped.

If there is a nearby wall or enclosed area, arrange the longest piece against the wall or the enclosed area. Also, don’t forget to prioritize safety.

In a nutshell, arrange your patio furniture in a way that directs guests to the main seating area, not through it.

4. Working with small spaces

Having a small deck should not limit you when it comes to arranging patio furniture. All you need is to choose furniture pieces suited for small spaces and arrange them in a way that creates a more balanced feel.

Bistro-style furniture pieces are an excellent option for tiny spaces, and placing them on the perimeter of your deck creates the illusion of a bigger space, making the tiny deck feel open while creating space for you and visitors to move around.

5. Accessorise and organise!

Once you have arranged your outdoor lounges, the next thing should be incorporating your style with elements that enhance comfort. From adding shades, rugs, and greenery to accessorizing with throw pillows and outdoor lighting, there are endless ways to make your patio feel complete and welcoming.


Other tips

  • Outdoor kitchen and dining patio layout ideas

    When designing your patio, you want to make it your second home. Thankfully, you can create separate hosting areas, even with small decks. Importantly, if you want a dining space that is independent of a gathering spot, you will need an outdoor dining set. Remember to keep the outdoor kitchen away from the dining area but close to the door for easy food prep. Using cushioned chairs in the dining area can encourage guests to stay after meals.

  • Arranging patio furniture around pools & firepits

    Pools and firepits are popular gathering places. For these settings, modular or easily movable pieces usually work best. With pools, you can dedicate one side to lounging and the other to dining. On the other hand, circular sofas work well for fire pits. Just create what works best for you.

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