Backyards are a great place to gather and enjoy the season alone or with your loved ones. It’s the ideal spot for summer BBQs, fall harvest, and winter activities. Despite its versatility, many homeowners steer clear of backyards with limited space. The good news is you don’t have to give up on enjoying the outdoors, even if you have a small backyard.
You can do many things to transform and utilize your backyard by implementing creative strategies. The trick is to use every inch of your backyard and find ways for spaces or objects to perform double duty. Consider the following tips to make the most of your backyard and make a big statement with limited space.
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Divide Space with Levels or Barriers
Separating different areas of your backyard can create an illusion of a larger space and allow you to incorporate multiple elements in a single space.
Use planters, small walls, and steps or levels to divide the space. For instance, a small deck with tables and chairs will separate the grass area for playing or gardening. Similarly, a raised planter or container garden with a shrubbery border can separate the garden area from the hangout spot.
You can also create outdoor rooms to best use your space, such as a swimming pool section, meditation area, and play area.
Creating separate outdoor living spaces allows you to create mini-landscape designs for each of them that contribute to the backyard’s beauty and function. Explore different designs and trends while using a specific color theme to set the mood.
Use Space-Saving Modular Furniture
Your backyard needs to include furniture to ensure its comfort and beauty. Using space-saving modular outdoor furniture for small spaces allows you to create a comfortable setting without compromising style. A key benefit of modular furniture is that you can set up a single piece of furniture into dozens of configurations.
For example, a sofa can be downsized to fit a small area and prevent the space from looking cramped. However, you can easily customize the furniture and expand the seating arrangements to accommodate your guests when needed. This ensures that you have a comfortable seating area without overloading the space with big, bulky furniture pieces.
Maximize Your Storage
Homeowners must store many essential home items in their backyard for easy access, including outdoor lamps, gardening tools such as rakes and soil, and BBQ machine accessories. Adding a shed or large storage cabinet can make the area look cramped and unappealing.
The best way to store your items in a backyard with limited space is to look for ways to maximize storage within the furniture. For instance, a backyard ottoman can add extra seating to the yard while storing some essential items. You could do the same with tables that have storage or install hooks on walls to hang certain items.
Install Vertical Elements
You can distract your visitors from your lack of horizontal yard space by using vertical space. Adding vertical elements to a space can divert attention and create the illusion of a larger space, as there will be more room to walk or incorporate other elements. Use walls, railings, fences, or any extra space by adding a wall, poles for décor or gardening items, or shelves.
If you have a small backyard, you don’t have to abandon the space because it limits your options. Look for alternative ways to maximize space and live large with your small backyard by being creative.