Guest Post - 9 Clever Ideas to Make Your Compact Outdoor Space Feel Bigger

Outdoor space

No matter how small it might be, a backyard area can be your stylish and comfortable outdoor sanctuary. Although there might be some design challenges, you can easily overcome them with a detailed approach and a creative plan. Here are several inspiring ideas that will help you bring your compact outdoor haven to a new level.

Create different zones

Organization is key to creating a comfortable outdoor space where you can easily move around. A simple way to organize your backyard layout is to divide it into different zones. You can set up a lounge area, a small dining spot or a kids’ play area with enough planning. Not only will this keep your backyard more organized, but it will also make it seem more spacious. You can also set up one or two versatile zones that you can easily adjust depending on your needs.

Keep it organized and clutter-free


A messy, cluttered area will seem even smaller and more cramped, so you need to tidy up your backyard. There’s no need for introducing unnecessary elements and embellishment. A few handpicked, impactful details can create a lovely look without overwhelming your space. Make sure to introduce enough storage solutions where you can keep your outdoor blankets and pillows. Your tools and other equipment should be stored in a shed or garage instead of cluttering up your backyard oasis.

Go vertical


A simple way to free up some space is to introduce vertical design solutions. If you’ve always wanted a lush garden, but you don’t have enough space to plant flowers and herbs, you can simply create a vertical garden. Not only is it a space-saving solution, but it will also work as a privacy screen and keep your tiny backyard sanctuary cozy and intimate. You can also try some other vertical solutions for your outdoor space, such as a decorative ladder, embellishments placed on your fence, etc.

Use a water feature as a focal point

Designing a beautiful focal point will refocus attention from the limited floor space to that stunning feature. And there’s no better solution than a water element. Introducing a cozy 2 person outdoor spa will turn your backyard into a lovely retreat. Its compact design is perfect for your small backyard and you can even move it to a balcony or porch if you want to. You can have your personal spot for relaxation and rejuvenation that will definitely dominate the entire backyard without making it feel cramped.

Bring out a mirror

Adding a mirror to your backyard lounge area can be quite an unusual and practical embellishment. You’ll be able to use it as an authentic décor statement, but make sure to pick a design that fits into the general style of your backyard haven. More importantly, a mirror will visually expand your backyard space and make it seem bigger and more open.

Merge the indoors and outdoors

If you have a really small backyard, you can expand it by creating a seamless transition from your house to your outdoor haven. You can use a similar flooring solution, use the same color scheme and keep the same style. You can also install a glass door that will open to your backyard and blend your exterior with interior. This will help you cozy up your outdoor space, make it a part of your home and even make it seem bigger.

Light it up properly

In the evening, lighting will play a crucial role in making your compact space more open and enjoyable. There are plenty of outdoor lighting ideas that won’t take up too much space in your backyard. Twinkle lights are a charming solution that you can place almost anywhere. Lovely lanterns can casually float in the air, keeping your haven bright and cozy.

Mind the scale

Scale is of the utmost importance in a small space, so you need to pay attention to it when furnishing and embellishing your backyard. Instead of planting a huge tree, you can choose small plants and bushes that can beautify your backyard, yet still keep it open. When it comes to furniture, take out all the measures in advance and pick pieces that will keep you comfortable and provide you with great traffic flow.

Introduce practical outdoor furniture

Outdoor space

The furniture pieces you add to your backyard should be multi-functional, enabling you to easily adjust or move them. You should pick a patio sofa or table with storage compartments where you can keep some of your items. Built-in benches, tables with chairs that can be assembled into a single piece and other double-duty pieces can help you design a beautiful backyard where style and functionality merge.

With these creative and functional ideas, you can design the perfect backyard where you can relax, spend time with your family and entertain guests without feeling limited by its size.

About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and contributor on several interior design, lifestyle, real estate and eco-friendly blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.