The Perfect Patio Setup For Any Size Space
From spacious, sprawling lawns to tiny balconies with big views, Pittsburgh’s patio situation runs the gamut from large to small and everything in between. Now that warm weather is officially here to stay, there’s no better way to spend those first few sunny afternoons and warm evenings than by lounging al fresco, and we’re going to show you how to dress up your patio space for some serious hangouts — no matter how tiny it may be.
For the Emphasis-on-Spacious Outdoor Space
Working with more space than you know what to do with? The key is to create distinct areas for dining, lounging and outdoor activities. Here’s how:
Create the perfect outdoor dinner party set-up for your whole crew with a 6-person dining table from Article. This 100% teak wood set is the epitome of modern, outdoor luxury, and it looks even better with colorful linens and lots of candles.
For casual margarita nights or afternoons sunning yourself with a good book in hand, this Ikea sofa does the trick. Its stained acacia wood slats are sturdy and eco-friendly, and the comfy set and back cushions make it a whole lot cozier than dated lawn chairs of years past.
The statement patio chair that will have all your guests asking “Where did you get that?!”, but for a budget price that will make you feel like you’re in on a serious design secret.
One of our favorite Target collections of the past year, Project 62 always kills it with mid-century modern patterns and low price tags. This rug is no different — it will add a pop of color (a dusty, almost neutral coral or a seaside blue), a bit of texture and a low-maintenance look that’s easy to keep clean.
Whether you want to shield your dining area from the sun or separate it from that nebby neighbor’s space, this chic privacy screen is something that will have you wondering how you ever survived without it.
Looking for a way to keep guests entertained while you’re putting the finishing touches on the mojitos? Lawn games like bocce, lawn bowling and croquet are back in a big way — and they’re a whole lot more stylish than the cornhole games of college years gone by.
If you’re intimidated by the idea of planting a garden, low-maintenance potted plants are the way to go. Get a wide variety of styles and sizes and arrange them in an effortless, mix-and-match way throughout your space.
For the Parisian, Pocket-Sized Patio
Short on space? Rather than thinking of your compact balcony or patio like it’s too small, think of it like a cool, European-sized hangout like the ones dotting the outsides of Parisian apartments. Here’s how to get the look.
Brighten things up without overwhelming your small space with a set of moody string lights. These solar-powered lights from Ikea are perfect for any space, even if yours doesn’t have a convenient outdoor outlet.
Instead of cluttering your patio or balcony with potted plants, add a vertical trellis that allows you to grow climbing plants (think vines, roses or climbing hydrangeas) without cutting down on seating space.
Nothing screams Parisian quite like black and white stripes, even on your patio. These affordable beauties will jazz up your dining set in a way that’s seriously chic — and to that, we say oui, s‘il vous plaît!
You likely don’t have space for a full-blown firepit, but I bet you can make room for this compact tabletop firepit. It’s the perfect addition to a Friday date night on your porch with a cold bottle of white wine.