The following suggestions are designed to make the most of a small outdoor space. The ideas are perfect for grandparents who want to entertain their grandchildren in a garden home, apartment owners who are only granted a few square feet of the outdoors to call their own, and anyone that may want to create a special “me” nook in their yard just for themselves.
1) Clutter is good
Pack as much as you can in the space that you have. You do not want to stuff so much in the space that you cannot move in and out with ease.
This simple concept requires planning. You are going to spend some money on the outdoor area so wise planning gets the look, the setting, and the feel right for you.
Select furniture that offers the most seating in the smallest space. A small table for two works for well in apartments. A kid pool will fit a garden home patio and make it a delight for grandchildren and parents.
2) Folding equipment
Anything that folds up to produce more space when the item is not in use is a great choice. The idea is that you fold the chair, table, or grill up and store it against the wall so you have more space for other activities.
Folding equipment also provides you with easier and shorter cleaning of the floor of your small outside area. You get more time to relax and enjoy and less time working.
3) Grow up
Plants, flowers, and growing decorations are a must have for any outdoor space. Growing things add color, life, and a more personalized sense of the outdoors that fits your taste.
A large number of pots in a small area take up too much of the limited ground space. The solution is to pot vertically.
Pick a space for your garden or decorative flowers. Fasten the pots to a wall, a fence, or the balcony rail supports. You get the effect of being in a field of your favorite flowers. If you like vegetables or herbs then, you get the food and the smell in your little outdoor nook.
A bonus of growing outside is that you get free sun, free watering, and do not have to worry about making a mess if you need to water by hand.
4) Design for easy cleaning
Any outdoor area needs cleaning. The idea is to arrange the furniture, plants, and anything else so that the effort and time for cleaning are minimized. This lets you relax more and that is what your outdoor area is for.