How to Make the Most of a Small Backyard


Just because you have a small backyard or you just had a tremendous revive lawn does not mean that you can’t enjoy it to the fullest. Owning a tiny space can offer you an opportunity to get creative with the decor, and with a few decorating tricks, you can make your small backyard appear and feel way bigger.

Adding curtains and blinds

Especially in warmer climates, outdoor curtains and blinds can be a lifesaver come summer. You can immediately give your outdoor space an intimate feel by utilizing outdoor blinds and curtains to provide shade and regulate lighting. You can even fasten the blinds and curtains to your pergolas or gazebos and turn the space into an intimate and private personal retreat. Having a beautiful hillside landscaping right behind your blinds will give you a gorgeous visuals.

Get a suitable seating layout

To make the most out of your small outdoor space, consider investing in multi-functional furniture. Garden stools, for example, can act as seats when you have gatherings, and can also double up as side tables for holding drinks. An L-shaped seat is ideal for small spaces as it can accommodate several people at once.

You can also take advantage of the privacy provided by small spaces to position your patio furniture against a wall or fence. Make sure that you angle the chairs outwards to get the feel of more space.

Plant your very own screen

Plants can help you create a privacy screen. You can plant tall and wide bushes such as the purple smoke bush, which can grow up to 6 feet tall. Be sure to trim it regularly to grow up and not out and overrun the already small backyard space.

What you lack in horizontal space is made up for in expansive vertical space. Make use of your vertical space by planting climbing vines, herbs, and flowers in vertical planters and shelves that are readily available from the internet.

Make the room look bigger than it is

Employ the use of a reflective surface to expand the space. You can place a tall or a normal-sized mirror on the ground or hang it on the fence to create the illusion of a doorway to another garden. Make sure to weatherproof your mirror to protect from moisture damage; unless you like the weathered, rustic vintage look, then it is fine as it is.

The position of your sitting area can also make the room seem bigger. When coming up with a seating layout for the patio, position the seats in such a way that the layout provides a good view of your yard’s longer dimensions. The view should not be obscured by plants or another dimension of the house; so do not position the sitting area against the house.

Purchase furniture for small backyards

Make your small yard feel roomier by having furniture pieces with a narrow design and thin frames. So instead of the bulky daybed and chaise lounge you want, consider getting a compact bistro set.

A bistro set will save you some space as they can be folded and tucked away when not in use. A perfect bistro set will deliver on functionality, style, and comfort, so you should definitely shop around before making your final choice. Many bistro sets are usually constructed with the same material as the window frames. You can customize your own set to match your window frames, therefore complementing your exterior.

Install some outdoor structures

An intriguing outdoor structure such as a statue, a trellis, or a water feature is a great way to direct focus away from the small space. Grab people’s attention by placing the structure either at the entrance or the back of the property. This creates a focal point and draws the eye away from the small proportions of the property.

With just a bit of creativity and a lot of imagination, you can make your minuscule backyard feel like a luxurious palatial retreat.

Emily Davis
Emily Davis, who holds a degree in Ornithology from Cornell University, has shared her expertise with our readers. With over 11 years of field research on bird behavior and habitat conservation, Emily brings a deep understanding of avian ecology to her writing. She has consulted for various national parks, aiding in protecting avian species. She previously worked with international wildlife organizations, focusing on bird migration patterns. Emily is also a skilled wildlife photographer, capturing the beauty of birds in their natural habitats.

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