Design & Home

7 Outdoor Bistro Sets For Your Teeny Tiny Balcony, Patio, or Patch of Cement

Spring is in the air, finally freeing us city-dwellers from the too close walls of our too small apartments. If you don’t want to spend the weekend throwing elbows for a patch of grass at Malcolm X Park, perhaps it’s time to invest in some small-scale outdoor furniture for that front yard, balcony, or fire escape.

Here are 7 of our favorites:

driftwood set1. These grayscale hand-laid concrete tiles are a modern alternative to the wrought-iron bistro classic. Plus, they’re a heck of a lot easier to balance a beer on. Table, $399, and driftwood chairs, $198 for two, at West Elm.

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2. These tables and chairs from Blu Dot’s Hot Mesh collection come in a variety of colors you can mix and match to your liking. Another upside? The four-legged table makes it easier to balance on an uneven yard. $657 for a table and two chairs at Blu Dot.

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3. From the kings of small scale living, a collapsible balcony table. Big enough for breakfast, small enough to store under the bed. $57.99 for a table and two chairs at Ikea.

 

 

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4. This stainless steel cafe classic from Mark Daniel, who also designs for DWR and Z Gallerie, is ideal for slow mornings with plenty of refills. Pair with these mid-century inspired chairs by Modway. Table $219 at CB2, chairs $79.99 each at Wayfair.

 

 

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5. Designed for summer drinks and long days of lounging, this bamboo-framed foldable set is light enough for you and a friend to take up to the rooftop (30 pounds for all 3 pieces). $133.99 at AllModern.

 

 

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6. Splurge on this marble-topped brasserie table from Pier 1, but save on the the rattan French bistro side chairs. The vintage-inspired table can perform double-duty through the winter months; it’s just the right size for a cozy breakfast nook. Table, $399.95 at Pier 1. Chairs, set of 2 for $249.99 at Overstock.

 

 

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7. This bar-height three piece set from Regal Teak was made for summer happy hours at home. Perfect for your backyard island oasis; just add tiki drinks. $1,199 at One Kings Lane.

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Amanda joined Washingtonian in January 2016. She has written about Maryland brewery Flying Dog’s First Amendment fight, pored over Hillary Clinton’s emails, and come clean about owning too much stuff. She lives on H Street.