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Make the most of space in your small patio, by creating the feel of an outdoor room between your house and the seating area you create. Start by placing a seating area across a perimeter corner to maximize space and create the feel of a room. Small patios may rule out garden spaces, but the use of garden planters and adding tall, narrow hedges of lush provides greenery and privacy. This outdoor room design adds a few chinese garden stools as tables, with outdoor pillows that add color and soften the look as well as providing inviting comfort. A shade umbrella is a must for daytime shade and night time cover. The center table becomes your "coffee table". The addition of ground-cover plants in this patio are cleverly added to edges of and within the patio itself, to frame the space and add as much foliage texture as possible.