Having limited outdoor space can be a challenge when it comes to squeezing everything you want into confined quarters. However, it is possible to create an appealing place to sit, socialise and enjoy the sun, here are some great ideas courtesy of the Better Homes and Gardens website.
1. Look to Walls
Use your wall space as a planting area by hanging your plants in wooden boxes. You can buy a similar wooden planter from The Celtic Bench.
2. Add a Water Feature
Create a water feature in a planter in a few easy steps, click the image to go to the website to watch the video. You will need a 7″ shallow planter and a pump (perhaps a solar one to save wires) plus some water loving plants.
3. Let the Good Times Roll
A neat drinks cooler will save space and you can buy a version with a table top from Keter.
4. Arrange to Save Space.
Using smaller chairs gives the illusion of more space and placing the furniture around the deck perimeter also increases the available floor area.
No space is wasted with this table for two. The round chairs tuck beneath the table, disappearing into the oval shape of the synthetic-wicker dining set. Durable upholstered cushions handle the weather as well as a spill or two. You can buy a similar dining set from xsstock.
6. Plan for Entertainment
If you like to host outdoor gatherings, consider choosing furniture that can easily transition from one setting into another. This dining table moonlights as a buffet during outdoor get-togethers. The oval design takes up minimal floor space while offering enough surface area for food and beverages.
7. Introduce a Fire Element
A gel flame lantern offers an attractive but safe light source. These lamps also produce no soot, unlike candles, making them very clean to use.
8. Turn Up the Heat
This funky, colorful barbecue delivers space-saving fun. Perfect for preparing dinner for two to four people, the cone-shape cooker features clever storage hooks for utensils. As an alternative to a barbecue with charcoal, why not try an electric version which would be very safe to use in small spaces, this Andrew James Version is very stylish.
9. Illuminate your Space
Solar powered lights on a string are free to run and need no extra wiring, hide the solar panel in your deck plants. Find similar lights from M&TTech.
10. Grow an Instant Garden
Planters which sit on top of the deck rail are a space saving idea, black plastic is unobtrusive and light enough for the railing to bear the weight. Place solar panels on the side away from the deck and obscure with plants. You can also purchase planters which hang from the deck or railings.
11. Add Flair Underfoot
A stylish addition to your deck, an outdoor rug will really make your space feel like an extra room. Made in polypropylene, it is totally weather proof and just needs a wipe down to clean. I found a similar version from Amazon measuring 180×240 for £68.00, different sizes and alternative colours are also available.