Making the Most of a Small Backyard
Optimize Your Small Outdoor Space
For those of us who live in small spaces, whether it be an apartment in the city, or a small home in the suburbs, creating an outdoor space that you can enjoy at home can be a challenge. However with these tips to make the most of your small outdoor space you will soon be enjoying your cozy quarters.
Include Multifunctional Pieces
Treat your outdoor space just as you would with any other room inside your house. Small outdoor spaces should be given a little extra attention, look for multifunctional items that can work for a variety of needs. Multifunction pieces are very important in small spaces, tables can also function as seating, the same goes for stools that can be used as tables.
Create a Cozy Environment
In small outdoor spaces, you want to create a cozy, comfortable area for you and your guests to relax and enjoy in. Adding an outdoor fireplace is a great way to add a cozy feel to your outdoor space, there are tons of eco-friendly options that are beautiful and safe for small patios and decks.
Marry Form and Function
Use the layout of your outdoor space as a guide for the type of furniture and accessories you can fit, think about what you need but also what is most functional. A bench added next to a low outdoor table can be used for a variety of purposes, add potted plants to the bench for some color or use it as is.
Less is More
In small outdoor spaces, less is definitely more. A few key choices of furniture can have a huge impact when furnishing a small patio area. Try not to clutter small spaces with small objects, less is always more, only accessorize and furnish outdoor spaces with a few properly scaled objects. Having fewer things means easier maintenance too.
Furnish According to Your Needs
Are you the person to throw parties all summer long for your friends? Or are you less likely to have an outdoor bash, whatever one you are be sure to choose only as much furniture as you will need to make your small outdoor area work for you. If you’re only sharing the space with you and another person, add a bistro set to add the perfect amount of space for two people to enjoy breakfast outside in the fresh spring air.
Decorating is in the Details
If your space is too small to fit any large pieces of furniture, focus more on the details. Use a planter and add a simple tray to create a side table with some personality. Adding accessories that are unique and functional will give your outdoor space character and style.
Keep an eye out for pieces that can maximize your outdoor space, put a vintage bookshelf to use and turn it into a full service bar. You can use the shelves for storage for tableware and serving pieces. Add bottle holders and other accessories to repurpose the bookshelf into what you desire.
Colorful throws and pillows will bring a fresh, inviting feel to your outdoor space. Find water resistant pieces that are made to withstand the elements so that you can enjoy your outdoor accessories for a long time ahead.