Ideas to Steal: Savvy Lessons to Learn From These Tiny Outdoor Spaces

Ideas to Steal: Savvy Lessons to Learn From These Tiny Outdoor Spaces

Jennifer Hunter
May 31, 2015

Having an outdoor space is such a blessing, but if you're feeling the squeeze on your petite porch, we can help. Here are some smart readers and their smarter small outdoor space solutions.

Use the wall space

Like any other type of small space, it really pays to go vertical. There's not much room for pots on her porch so Lauren (lead image) used her wall space to do double duty with plants and their sculptural containers that serve as decor.


Arnod's balcony was so small, there wasn't room for a traditional table and chair so he made his own foldable versions! So smart. For 70 euros, he turned this outdoor space from a walk-though only to a lounge area. See how he did it here.

Fake privacy

Even if you split the space, it's always nice to imagine that you have your own private oasis. Help yourself get there by creating a physical barrier like Kim did above. She filled in the fence at the bottom for privacy and left the top more open to let the view through. Smart!

Work with what you've got

Another Parisian, Marie, showed us her tiny (and she means tiny!) balcony. But she didn't let the fact that she couldn't even stand on this little space keep her from enjoying it all the same. She kicked up the decor so she and her doggie can sit and enjoy the sun (even if she has to keep her legs inside).

(Image credit: Juneau Empire)

Container gardens are your friend

If you can't put your green thumb on hold any longer, you can still garden in a small space; just keep it in a container! Look at the crazy-good gutter garden above from Juneau Empire. Such a low-profile garden would be great on a narrow balcony.

(Image credit: Sarah Coffey)

How else do you make the most of your outdoor area?

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