Live Big: Making the Most of Small Spaces


Not everyone is blessed with sprawling acres of trees, waterfront property and animals frolicking in the sunlight. But that doesn’t mean you can’t maximize your space to create a beautiful outdoor living area. Of course, a paver patio makes a great foundation, but where you go from there can make even a small space seem like an outdoor retreat. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Design for Flexibility

Patio furniture is essential, but it also takes up a lot of space and can easily become a clunky obstacle. Instead of buying heavy, bulky steel furniture, opt for collapsible wooden or plastic pieces. Collapsible furniture allows you to adapt your space based on your needs and can help make your entire patio arrangement modular. Hosting a dinner party al fresco? Pop up the dinette set. Want to play games outside? Store your furniture, and free up more space for activities.

Go Vertical

Gardens, bar carts and storage are all features of a great outdoor living space, but they come at the cost of a large footprint. Maximize your space by building vertical gardens. A metal grid can be easily installed and doubles as a place to hang decorations and increase storage. Get a vertical-garden kit here.

Consider Integrated Seating

Another way to save space is to make sure permanent features are doing double duty. If you plan on creating something like a walled-off garden, border wall or walkway, designing it to double as a bench is a great way to get more functionality out of the area. Eagle Bay freestanding walls can easily double as benches, and this job at Tradition Brewing is a perfect example.

Stash the Table

Fire pits are one of the hottest trends in outdoor living spaces right now. All Eagle Bay fire pits have caps available that make great bases for DIY table tops. Get the best of both worlds by making a DIY table top for your fire pit. That way, you can dine al fresco, then store the table top and light a cozy fire.

Landscape in Layers

Including lots of plants is a great way to make your outdoor space feel lush and full of life. As you’re planning your greenery, however, make sure to plant in layers. Use smaller plants in front, and build up to taller plants behind them. This technique, combined with hanging plants from a vertical garden, will make the entire space feel rich and populated without being overbearing.

Size doesn’t have to matter. When it comes to your outdoor living spaces, it’s about making the most of what you’ve got. Take your time when designing your outdoor living space, and you’ll be amazed by the results!