Decorating My Small-Space Patio

My husband Ben and I love our new apartment! We’ve gotten more furniture for the place, added decor in every room, and gotten ourselves into a semi-solid cleaning routine. But lately, I have been so busy with decorating and maintaining my apartment, that I haven’t even given a thought to my patio! Well that all changed last night.

Even though our apartment is one of the bigger ones I’ve seen in our area, I would classify our patio as a small-space patio. It’s dimensions are 12 feet long by 8 feet high by 5 feet deep. It’s over two times as long as it is deep which made it a little difficult to find furniture that we thought would fit. I’ll set up this post in a kind of list format (almost parallel to the to-do list that I made to actually get all of this done).

  • Go shopping! I went to Home Depot and Walmart to find my fairy lights, furniture, grill, grilling tools, etc. I had my husband and sister with me to help me find furniture that would fit in the space and in a color-scheme that I liked.
  • Put together the furniture. This is my least favorite part of the whole process. I almost write “This is probably my least favorite part,” but I didn’t want to kid myself. My husband and his awesome friend Josh put together our little bistro set themselves – along with the grill that we bought from Walmart.photo
  • Hang the lights!We did this while there was no other furniture set up so that we wouldn’t lose the space to move around and put in the hooks.
  • Lay down the rug and set down the furniture! I loved this part, this is when everything started to look like itwas coming together!IMG_0675IMG_0676
  • Setup the grill where you think you’ll be barbecuing the most often! We have to pull our grill out from under our patio roof as part of the safety precautions laid out by our leasing office. So we decided to put it on the far wall right by the edge of the patio so that it’d be easy for us to move in and out.

All-in-all, I think we did a fantastic job! I’m not done with it yet; I still want to get some more decorative pieces now that I know I’m allowed to put hooks in the brick siding! I’m thinking of some hanging shelves with flowers and things on the wall above the grill (since it’ll never actually get used while it’s on that wall, it’s not a fire-hazard to have things above it). But we’ll see what happens as time progresses!

There’s a full apartment tour video coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that! Until next time!

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