Small Outdoor Spaces

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.

Create a Petite Powerhouse.

1. Look to Walls

Look to Walls. Use your wall space to provide an extra display area or planter.

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

Add a Water Feature, visit the site to watch the video for full instructions.

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

Let the Good Times Roll. The perfect place to keep drinks cool, the shelf below provides storage for napkins etc.

A neat drinks cooler will save space and you can buy a version with a table top from Keter.

4. Arrange to Save Space.

Arrange to Save Space. Place chairs around the edge and use smaller pieces to create the illusion of a larger area.

Using smaller chairs gives the illusion of more space and placing the furniture around the deck perimeter also increases the available floor area.

Use Multitasking Furniture. A neat, space saving, table and chairs.

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

Plan for Entertainment. The table becomes a side buffet area with the chairs pushed in to give more space when entertaining.

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

Introduce a Fire Element with a tabletop fire pit.

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

Turn Up the Heat with a space saving barbecue grill.

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

Illuminate Your Space with pretty solar powered lights.

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

Grow an Instant Garden using plastic planters which can be wall/railing hung. They will also disguise the solar light panel.

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

Add Flair Underfoot with an outdoor rug (synthetic easy clean)

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.


My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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