Our passion for spacial problem solving has deepened over our increased time spent at home — and now, as the weather warms, our outside areas (or lack thereof) are top of mind. For those of us without access to private open-air oases, investing in the right al-fresco finds can be a strategic move in maximizing whatever outdoor space we’re working with. Whether you have a window sill, fire escape, shared rooftop, cramped concrete patio, front stoop, tiny grass patch, real backyard, or full-on meadow, we hunted down goods to help make the most out of them.
Ahead, everything from makeshift windowsill daybeds to front-stoop folding chairs you can easily tote and then stowaway, compact inflatable pools, fire pits, and full-on glamping-gazebo tents that will distinguish your own outside slice for optimal enjoyment.
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If you have a window sill…
Make a designated sunshine nook out of it by adding a cushion to its ledge (if wide enough) — or, by stationing a bench or daybed that complements its dimensions beneath it for lounging and catching rays.
Urban Outfitters Hopper Daybed, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Sunbrella Contoured Settee Cushion, $, available at The Company Store
Meridian Furniture Contemporary Velvet Upholstered Bench, $, available at AmazonIf you have a fire escape…
…That you can safely access. Instead of fully stepping out onto it, try fixing it up into an outside dining or cocktail table that you can access while still firmly rooted inside your space. Look for a durable tray or a portable picnic table that will hold your spread, then just pull some chairs up to your window sill and enjoy that al-fresco happy hour. And don’t leave anything out on it!
Kato Folding Portable Bamboo Outdoor Picnic Table, $, available at Walmart
Uncommon Goods Serving Palette with Bowls, $, available at Uncommon Goods
West Elm Oslo Wood Tray, $, available at West ElmIf you have a stoop…
Maximizing your stoop space has everything to do with portability and comfort — meaning it’s best to invest in pieces that can be easily carried up and downstairs, folded up and tucked away when not needed, and still feeling better to …read more