8 Genius Decorating Ideas for Tiny Outdoor Spaces
1. Raise the Bar
A tiny balcony becomes the best place in the house to hang out when a space-saving, bar-height shelf is affixed to the railing. The folding director’s chairs are the perfect accompaniment: lightweight, comfortable, and the perfect height for the built-in ledge.
2. Designate Sections
3. Find Uses for Each Little Nook
Have an awkwardly narrow patch of side yard that’s too small for lounge chairs but too big to ignore? It might just be the perfect spot for an outdoor shower. Homeowner Trish Becker turned this exterior corner of her Bahamas bungalow into an outdoor oasis by putting up a privacy fence and installing a patch of hardscape and a shower head.
4. Prioritize the View
Replace traditional railings on a porch or balcony with glass panels that will instantly open up the space and make it feel larger—and, of course, provide unobstructed views.
5. Look for Double-Duty Pieces
If you’re short on space, invest in furniture that will go the extra mile—like a pair of garden stools that can function as tables or additional seating, and a sofa that easily turns into a daybed.
6. Choose Flexible Furniture
Yes, even the smallest of outdoor spaces can be fit for hosting a small crowd. Instead of bulky lounge chairs or a love seat, opt for a set of foldaway butterfly chairs, which are lightweight, small, and majorly space-saving. Keep two on the porch and stow a handful more away so they’re easy to grab when guests come over.
7. Think Outside the Box
Turn a small deck into a chill Boho-inspired lounge space by opting for covered cushions as seating rather than space-hogging furniture. The bright palette here coupled with the sleek low-slung woven chair bring a light, breezy feel to the space. Pro tip: Don’t skimp on the throw pillows; they add a burst of color and comfort.
8. Include A Built-In
Whether it’s a bench seat or cabinets for storage (or both), clever built-ins can maximize your space without requiring extra furniture.