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Small Patio Ideas On A Budget | Design Ideas for Small Backyard

    Check out our small patio makeover on a budget! The patio makeover has a few DIYs, some string lights & a rustic outdoor coffee table. You will love the before and after pictures of this budget friendly small patio makeover.

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    The warm days are *almost* here which means we’ll be spending more time outside. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. (Summer lover, here!)

    Something I’m not that excited about? Our boring, ugly, blah, small patio…

    Small Patio Makeover (the before):

    before the patio makover

    It took me awhile to come up with a design plan for this space because there wasn’t a lot of room to work with and I was trying to keep this project budget friendly.

    Just because you have a small patio space, doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to turn it into an oasis.

    Here’s how we completely transformed this small patio area and turned it into a pretty and functional space. With the right patio furniture layout, some string lights and a DIY here & there – it’s now a space where we actually like to hangout.

    Small Patio Ideas On A Budget

    Here’s a look at our budget friendly small patio makeover with tons of ‘after’ photos to give you some ideas for your small outdoor area.

    outdoor patio makeover complete with DIY string lights

    patio makeover with four chairs around a rustic coffee table

    outdoor back patio makeover

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    How to Turn Your Small Patio Into An Oasis

    I was able to make great use of the limited space by positioning four chairs on each corner of the patio. This creates a sense of coziness by having all of the seating face toward the center of the patio and maximizes the small patio area available for seating.

    outdoor patio makeover with wood chairs and throw pillows

    Small Patio Furniture

    I snagged these chairs on clearance for over 50% off! These patio chairs are no longer available, but here’s a similar option from (They’re also on sale!)

    For a more budget friendly option (with a similar look), this 3pc set from Amazon is an amazing deal! It has great reviews and is an ‘Amazon’s Choice’ product so I feel like it’s a good option for any small patio space.


    Have a little more space? These sectionals and patio furniture sets look so comfy (& cute)!

    Small Patio DIY Coffee Table

    Since this was a budget small patio makeover (keyword budget), we decided to DIY our outdoor table.

    You can get the full step-by-step tutorial on how we did that in this post: How To Build a DIY Coffee Table. Our design for the table was based off of this industrial style coffee table from Amazon.

    outdoor patio makeover with a DIY coffee table

    Not in the mood for a DIY? Here’s a few outdoor coffee tables that would work great with a small outdoor patio area.

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    How Do You Style An Outdoor Area?

    To create a patio area that feels like an extension of your living room, you gotta add some accessories. Wondering how to make your small patio more comfortable?

    Here’s how I decorated our small patio to make it look nice, but also feel cozy too.

    outdoor patio with flowers in barrels and wood lawn chairs

    outdoor patio chair with throw pillow

    I picked up the outdoor throw pillows from Target’s outdoor clearance section. I didn’t specifically intend to go for the patriotic vibe in this space, but I also don’t regret it! Who says you can’t decorate with red, white, and blue all year long?


    The wicker lantern was, you guessed it, another clearance find. But there’s a ton of really cute options on Amazon. This one has great reviews and comes in two different styles which makes it really versatile.

    outdoor patio with lantern on the coffee table


    Dual Purpose Items For Small Patio Design

    Want an easy patio idea on a budget? Find some dual purpose patio furniture for your small patio!

    I thought these side tables were perfect for this space because not only do they offer a place to set drinks, but they can also double as extra seating, if needed. Win-win.

    outdoor patio makeover using stools as end tables

    outdoor patio makeover on a budget

    Side tables that can also be stools for extra seating make a big difference when trying to style a small outdoor area.

    I found these side tables at Target, and after being marked down by 70% they were a steal for only $11 each!

    Here are a few end table / stool combos for your small patio!


    outdoor patio decor

    Outdoor Rugs for A Small Patio

    I arranged all of my small patio furniture around this woven geometric outdoor rug with the DIY coffee table in the center.  I love how the zigzag design, although neutral, adds a lot of interest to the space.

    Related: 9 Outdoor Rugs On Amazon That’ll Transform Your Outdoor Space

    outdoor patio using an outdoor rug from amazon

    outdoor patio makeover with a coffee table and outdoor rug

    Adding a rug to an outdoor space is a great way to instantly feel at home in your outdoor space. All the more reason to kick off the shoes for a relaxing night under the glow of the string lights.

    How to Hang String Lights On A Small Patio

    Curious how we hung string lights in a backyard with no trees? Here’s how we got the cozy outdoor patio lighting using two thin pipes.

    You can easily use this small patio string light idea for your backyard.

    outdoor string lights

    I ordered these shatterproof LED globe string lights on Amazon and enlisted the help of my handy husband to hang them using 1/2″ black iron pipe.

    End caps at the tops gave the pipes a nice finished look, and a fence-post-driver made for a quick and easy installation, driving them straight into the ground.

    outdoor patio with DIY string lights

    He drilled 1/4″ holes just below the pipe caps, and attached the string lights using eyelet bolts and S-hooks. Framing the patio with these lights was the perfect touch to get the cozy outdoor patio lighting I was after.

    outdoor patio makeover with string lights and lots of seating

    To finish off my small patio budget makeover I planted some pretty flowers in mini whiskey barrels and framed the patio with one on each corner.

    Bonus: the cedar wood gives off such a pleasant outdoorsy smell – yum!

    outdoor patio with small whiskey barrels used as flower pots

    I’m so happy to have an outdoor space where we can slow down and really live in the moment. We find ourselves talking about our days or laughing at the dog as she rolls around in the grass for 5 minutes straight.

    outdoor patio makeover with wooden lawn chairs

    outdoor patio with flower pots and string lights

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    Small Patio Design Ideas | Before & After Pictures