A usable, private outdoor space in New York City may sound like a fairy tale.

If you’re one of the lucky few who found a patio at the end of the rainbow, you deserve to enjoy it. Just because your outdoor square footage is small, that doesn’t mean you can’t dream big when it comes to decorating it. Here are five tips to get you started:

1. Keep it contained
Storage seating and nesting tables are great ways to declutter your space without sacrificing space or style. You can go with a more rustic look an opt for a wooden bench with built-in storage and wooden side tables that are easily stacked.

2. Lay a nice foundation
A quality rug won’t steal any of your precious footage, but it will add a pop of style. Whether you go with fun, bright colors or a more sophisticated and classic vibe, you and your guests will appreciate the extra comfort—just make sure you buy an outdoor rug or you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise after the first rain!

3. Light it up
Outdoor string lights can make all the difference in your patio space and won’t break the bank. Want lights that are not only useful, but stylish, too? Opt for some trendy Edison bulbs to make your space even more aesthetically pleasing.

4. Set the night on fire…not your space
Firepits are a simple and beautiful way to make your space more intimate and inviting. Whether you’re relaxing in front of the flames with your partner or friends or roasting marshmallows for s’mores with your kids, a fire pit can elevate any area. Be sure to consult your lease and/or landlord before purchasing one.

5. Use your green thumb
Outdoor planters are a versatile way to transform your small patio into your own private oasis. Planters come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so it’s easy to find something that will complement your overall theme, and few things are more alluring than the natural beauty of well-tended flowers.

Now that you’re ready to relax and entertain outdoors in style, you need a place to store your belongings when the New York winter comes roaring back in. Contact the experts at Gotham Mini Storage for a secure and affordable home for your outdoor décor.