How to maximize your small outdoor space

4 simple ways to create a summer sanctuary with limited space

Well friends, with summer around the corner, it’s time to start dreaming and scheming your outdoor space! We might even have a few shoppable designs of our own coming your way (hint hint)…so stay tuned. 

Let’s talk small spaces: When you’re dealing with downtown balcony-living or even a porch that’s on the small side, limited square footage often leads to limited creativity. Rather than calling it a day with a compact bistro set, why not make this the year you switch things up and have a little fun? We promise it’s possible, and we’re here to help you make it happen! 

1. Layer up on rugs 

When you’re working with a smaller space, it can be tricky to find just the right style and size of outdoor rug. Layering two rugs—one larger and one smaller—adds texture and interest while freeing you up from finding the perfect one in the perfect size. A large jute rug paired with a muted, patterned option makes one of our favourite combos. 

2. Make your siding an “accent wall”

An often-missed opportunity with porches and balconies! It depends on your siding material and level of shelter, but hear us out: Try creating an outdoor gallery wall with frames, wall-mounted planters, or something a little lighter, like rattan plates. Floating shelves are another fave! Just be sure to confirm your installation method won’t damage the surface. 

TIP: If fastening directly to your siding just isn’t in the cards, a ladder-style shelf is an ideal alternative for adding height. 

3. Switch up your balcony surface 

If you have a balcony, there’s a good chance the floor is cement or vinyl. To take your space to the next level (without a big investment), consider DIY deck tiles. If you get your hands on an interlocking option, they’re cost-effective and easy-peasy to install. It’s tough to go wrong with a medium tone wood material; it hides dirt and spillage without over-dominating the space. 

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4. Pick multipurpose pieces 

Go for accent pieces that add interest and serve a few uses. A structured, yet loungeable ottoman is one of our go-tos! Nested side tables—one table with a slightly smaller twin tucked underneath—are also a great option. Keep the larger one accessorized (which you can reference our do’s and don’ts of coffee table styling for), and pull the other out only when needed, preferably for a summer cocktail.

And of course: At least a few plants to keep it all feeling fresh and vibrant. If you’re not a green thumb, fake is a-okay! 

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If you’ve felt stumped or defeated on how to treat your small outdoor space, we hope we have you feeling reinspired! Whether it’s small or has square footage to spare, if you have questions about making the most of your outdoor space, let’s connect

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