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Top Tips for Designing a Small Patio

For many of us, space is at a premium in the UK. If we’re lucky enough to have a garden, it can often be quite small. This means that homeowners are faced with the challenge of making the most of a small space. A patio area is one of the best ways to create somewhere you can sit out and enjoy your outdoor space. Creating an outdoor living space is the best way to enjoy your garden and expand your indoor space.

Maximise Space

When space is at a premium, the most important element of decorating your patio is to maximise the space you already have. Try and choose furniture that will fit into the corners of the patio and create a space you can use to sit around with family and friends. This also helps to reduce wasted space behind furniture and makes sure you make the most of the space you have. Less is definitely more when it comes to small spaces.

Although smaller and folding furniture is ideal for small spaces, it’s not always the most comfortable to sit on for a long time. If your patio is close to a wall, why not create a built-in bench along one side of the patio to create a long, comfortable seating area that you can position a table around when you want to dine al fresco.


Creating a comfortable and usable patio starts with the furniture you choose. If it’s not comfortable, you’re not going to want to spend much time out there. Outdoor living and furniture is becoming more and more popular and you’ll be able to find furniture that suits all seasons and weather conditions. Don’t just stick to wooden benches!

Potted Plants

Potted plants are a great way to decorate your patio on a budget and brighten up the space. Why not use old watering cans or mason jars to create interest?  Plants will add colour and texture to your patio and make you feel as though your patio and garden is bigger than it actually is.


The paving you choose for your patio will have a huge effect on how you use it and the time you spend out there. It’s important to choose an attractive and durable stone that will weather and age well but also fits with the style of your property.

At Yorkstone Supplies, we have a wide range of York Stone to choose from. Our team of experts can also help you to design and install your patio to make sure you get the most out of your space.


To make your patio seem bigger and more spacious, add a splash of colour. If you have a nearby wall, fence or trellis, why not paint it in a bright colour? Adding brightly coloured cushions and accessories will also help you to create a space that feels homely and cosy. Don’t forget to choose just one or two colours to accessories with or you could end up with a space that looks far too busy.

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