Sneaky Solutions When You Don’t Have Outdoor Space

Sneaky Solutions When You Don’t Have Outdoor Space

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Dabney Frake
May 17, 2015

While everyone is readying their gardens and backyards this season, you have your face pressed against the glass of your 5th floor city apartment. Le sigh. Instead of cursing others’ courtyards, and pining over patios that aren't meant to be, do the next best thing and make the most of your own space — whatever it might be.

Use What Little You Have

Even if you can’t get all the way outside, deck out whatever space you have, even if it's your tiny fire escape. Above, Marie's Tiny Parisian Balcony has just enough room for her tiny little pooch, making it a tiny window seat of sorts.

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Surround yourself with actual plants and flowers, or build a vertical living wall. Not only will organic items add a visual element to your decor, they make the air better, and just make you happy to see green.

(Image credit: Lindsey Kay Averill)

Fake It

When Mohammed won’t come to the mountain, bring the mountain to Mohammed. If you can’t do fake plants, take a page out of Jeremy and Kim’s porch, which uses faux grass as its floor covering inside. You get the feeling of being outside, even when you aren't.

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

Make Your Windows Work Harder

Maximize benefits of existing windows by removing curtains, getting rid of clutter on window sills, creating seating spots, and even cracking them open. As natural light levels and air circulation increases, you'll reap the rewards.

(Image credit: Oh Happy Day)

Act Like You Are Outside Anyway

Bring your favorite outdoor activities inside by installing a swing, hanging rattan chair (like this one from Oh Happy Day), or hammock. Close your eyes, swing back and forth, and pretend to feel the breeze on your face.

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