For smaller spaces, patio furniture may be limited to just a few pieces instead of the bevy of choices that are available for those with bigger space. The key is to choose the right pieces to make use of the small space. Since this area of the house is usually exposed to the outdoor elements, one tip is to choose pieces that can actually withstand exposure to these elements. The usual elements are the heat and glare of the sun, rain, snow and the wind. Some of these areas are not actually without roofs but they are open, therefore exposing them to the elements just the same. Choosing hardy and sturdy pieces which were made to withstand exposure to the elements will ensure that they last long and can be used well enough without fear of them deteriorating or being damaged too quickly. Some of the patio furniture available for sale requires foam mattress cushions for it to be used comfortably. Most of these additions have pillowcases made from a sturdy fabric that can handle exposure to the elements. Some may not be made from this special fabric, which is why it is a good idea to check out what kind of fabric is being used for the cases for the cushions and mattresses.
Another tip for picking out patio furniture for small spaces is to choose dark colored pieces in order to make them appear small than they actually are. The darker color of the chair or the table might be able to make the pieces appear smaller thus making the area seem less crowded. In spite of this, some homeowners might prefer lighter colored chairs and tables. If this is the case, it is a good idea to make sure that they are small enough to make the area less crowded as well as big enough that adults can easily use them. It might also be a good idea to install a large mirror on one wall of the space to make it appear spacious.