5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Small Backyard


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Congratulations! You have purchased your new home. Or maybe you have simply rented a new space. And if your new abode has brought you here, than likely you are looking at a small backyard space. If that sounds like your situation, have peace in knowing that there are steps you can take to make the most of your small space.

1) Plant something.

Of course, this is easier said than done in some circumstances. You may already have plants in your backyard but if you are looking at a barren place (aka blank canvas), consider adding plants. If you aren’t sure what may work well in the area you are in, visit other neighborhoods and see what grows well. Maybe even talk to a neighbor for ideas. If you continue to draw a blank, bring the soil to a local nursery for suggestions on what can easily grow in your yard. Not to mention, they can provide ideas of what you can easily grow based on the time you are willing to put into your outdoor space.

2) Focus on your backyard’s purpose.

Maybe you want a space to host outdoor parties. Maybe you just want a space to relax. Or maybe you want a mini outdoor haven for your furry friends. Whatever the purpose might be, work within the confines of that purpose. If it’s an outdoor space for entertaining, spend time searching out seating, tables, and barbeque kits that fit within your space. If you are the type that want to turn this into a garden space, talk to a plumber about installing an outdoor faucet, which can save you on the hassle of dragging a hose around.

3) Make the space cozy.

Small spaces seem to go one of two ways – cozy or cramped. Obviously, you want to go in the cozy direction. Consider building in an outdoor fireplace or purchase an outdoor fire pit that can add to the cozy factor of your outdoor dwelling. If you have deck space, select a colorful outdoor rug made with water resistant materials that will add to the warm feelings of your outdoor backyard. Toss in some blankets and pillows as well and your guests won’t mind the small space at all.

4) Choose pieces with a function.

Since you are low on space, the furniture pieces you select to go in this area should serve to maximize on the minimal space you do have. Outdoor storage shelves can do great things for you, especially if you want to keep things like glasses, serving ware or even planting gear that you will need regularly.

5) Don’t over complicate things.

Remember keep things as simple as possible. You don’t want to overdo too many plants, too many accessories, too many anything because this will result in a cramped small space. Remember your purpose and only place things in this area that serves to the purpose of the space and actually get used. Make cleaning a priority as well and keep the space organized and you will find it more of an enjoyable space to remain.

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