Small stools and ottomans are perfect for plates, drinks, and extra seating while you are entertaining. More design ideas for your patio:http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/patio/designs/decorating-patio-ideas/?socsrc=bhgpin053013versatilepatio=3
This is a cool idea for an outdoor patio, porch, or deck. You can roll them down for privacy or when the sun is shining right in. It would look great if they were all closed at night and there was seating and soft lighting.