7 Sneaky Solutions for Small Outdoor Spaces

7 Sneaky Solutions for Small Outdoor Spaces

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Dabney Frake
May 10, 2015
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While large backyards are certainly dreamy, small outdoor spaces are often the reality, yet equally able to provide a place to entertain, relax and frolic in the sun (or shade if you prefer). Take these tips and a healthy dose of inspiration from seven tiny backyards that demonstrate myriad ways to maximize your time outdoors.

Built-ins: Above, Desanka has a wood banquette that keeps to the sides of the small outdoor area. Benches that tuck under tables, are also good options.

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Outdoor Vertical Garden: This newly revamped space, featured on Sugar & Cloth, takes advantage of vertical space with a green wall.

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High Fences: There something about Smitten Studio's tall dark walls that make her backyard feel cozier and more private. It’s counter-intuitive for an outdoor space but it works.

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Flexible Furniture: Erin Loechner found a fire pit with a wooden lid, which lets it serve two functions in one piece.

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Fold Down Features: Martha Stewart showed this wall-mounted shelf, which can be folded down when not in use. The same idea works for benches and tables.

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Reflective Surfaces: Just as they work indoors, mirrors spread around the light and make spaces feel larger than real life. Megan Pflug redecorated her backyard and included a couple (along with tall, dark walls).

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Smaller Substitutes: Even if you don't have tons of room for a full garden, huge water feature, or an outdoor fireplace, you can still have a small fire pit or container plants — like Jess did in her backyard in Australia.

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