Although we have a few months until we can start thinking about summer picnics, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start planning now. For those of us who have a tiny patio or balcony, our outdoor design options may look more limited. But the fact is that with a little forethought, you can create an exceptional outdoor paradise no matter how little your space is. With spring and summer in mind, we gathered a few ideas for constructing a lovely backyard space.
If you own your house and have a little more monetary freedom, you might want to think about some built-in choices. A built-in seat made of concrete or wood would be the ideal answer for a small area since you could customize it to match your needs. Combining a built-in bench with a table may either make the ideal backyard eating space or simply serve as a fun gathering location for you and your friends and family.
Furniture with a Double-Duty Role
Double-duty furniture is our go-to suggestion for a small-space living (and this goes for both indoor and outdoor small-space challenges). A storage bench is a terrific example, but when it comes to furnishing your area, you may truly go beyond the box. Extra sitting can be provided by a small coffee table, a stool that also serves as a side table, or larger throw pillows (made of weatherproof fabric) that also serve as floor cushions.
On whether or not to go fake with plants or grass, there are certainly strong opinions on both sides. As long as it’s done correctly, we are on the “pro faux” side. Faux grass is a terrific way to provide the feel of a real lawn to an urban patio or balcony. Make sure you’re laying the grass down throughout a whole designated area to give it a more genuine appearance. You’ll want to get rid of any sharp edges that will make it obvious that your grass is fake.
A simple pergola
A simple pergola may radically change the look of your yard. If you know how to use a saw, you may even save money by making your own pergola.
Add climbing plants, a louvred roof or any other garden screening ideas you may think of for more protection and shade.
Garden in a Tiny Space
You can still construct a lovely, colorful outdoor garden even if you just have a little amount of area. You might find it simpler to stick to a container garden on a balcony, which simply means keeping all of your plants and flowers in containers or pots. This provides you a lot of versatility because you can quickly shift items about to alter up the look of your area. Small-space gardens can effectively grow flowers, plants, and vegetables.
Table with a Fire Pit
Firepit tables have been increasingly popular in recent years, and they are a terrific solution for a small area. When the fire pit isn’t in use, you can easily cover it with an extra tabletop for some more outdoor eating area (double-duty furniture!). Remove the top once you’ve finished your dinner, light the fire, and enjoy some s’mores for dessert.
Paint Your Deck
Painting your deck is a wonderful concept for those of you who want to be a little more daring. You could go all out and paint the entire deck in a stylish design. Alternatively, if you want to start simple, paint a “rug” to designate your location.
Rugs for the Patio
Outdoor rugs are a terrific way to liven up a place with color and pizazz. They also do a wonderful job of outlining the room’s perimeter, which is especially useful if you have limited space. Instead of an indoor rug, choose an outdoor rug since outdoor rugs are constructed of far more lasting materials. If you locate an outdoor rug you like at a reasonable price, you might wish to buy two. Because outdoor carpets are subjected to significantly more wear and tear than inside rugs, it’s a good idea to have a spare on hand.
When you’re on a budget, it might be difficult to figure out how to make the most of a little yard. Hopefully, our collection of backyard design recommendations has given you some ideas for revamping your backyard on a budget and creating a pleasant extra place you can enjoy.