11 DIY Ideas for Small Patios

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DIY Small Patio Ideas and Tutorials
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Small patio? No problem. Size shouldn't be an issue when you've got style — cute, cozy, and chic is where it's at this summer. These creative DIYs will help you make the most of your space.

1. Tile an outdoor table.

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Basically, you can take a table of any size and update it using this easy tile technique.

2. Paint a rattan chair.

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Get a couple of cute rattan chairs and paint them any color you like. The IKEA Busko armchair is a comfortable choice.

3. Build a garden bench.

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When you want some extra seating (for your safe distance socializing), a slender bench works wonders when your space is limited. You can even use it as a plant stand once company leaves.

4. Install a vertical garden.

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We love a good IKEA hack, and this clever idea is born from bed slats. This garden wall is everyone's answer to making the most with what you've got. Or if you want something even easier …

5. Grow a tabletop herb garden.

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A potted herb garden is a cute and clever way to flex your green thumb. This idea can work on a patio, a balcony, or in a small corner.

6. Hang a garden tool organizer.

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For that above-mentioned herb or vertical container garden, you'll want to keep your tools organized and handy. This peg board is just what you need.

7. Create a convenient bar cart.

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IKEA's Raskog utility cart is the perfect frame for creating an outdoor bar cart that is totally appropriate for smaller spaces.

8. Mount a Murphy bar.

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Using these step-by-step instructions (and a variety of tools), you'll have the chicest wall-mounted bar by the end of the weekend.

9. Design a coffee table from an IKEA floor pad.

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Yes, you are correct: this natural, hand-woven table is made with everyone's favorite floor pad/stool. Darling, isn't it?

10. Try your hand at making a terrazzo table.

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The terrazzo trend is alive and well, and this pint-sized table deserves a place on your patio.

11. Construct a tabletop concrete fire bowl.

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Introducing the compact concrete fire bowl that everyone has been making and loving. Now all you need are the s'mores.


Laurie Gunning Grossman, Hunker’s editorial director, caught the California boho minimalist bug. So, she bought a cream-colored couch. And she also lives with two kids and two dogs, so we’ll see how that decision pans out.

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