June 5, 2019
Having a small space at home can feel limiting at times — it’s cosy, but at the same time, it can feel as if there just isn’t enough space to live the way you want to.
One of our favourite things to do is scour the internet for everyday spaces that inspire us to make more beautiful things, and it just so happens that this month, we’d been hunting for tiny outdoor spaces that do just that.
Here are 10 of our favourites that are super easy for anyone to recreate at home:
A garden space with patio furniture
Ever notice how your space can appear to be more spacious than it is once you start filling it with furniture?
That’s exactly what interior designer — Myra Hoefer, did in this tiny patio space in her backyard. Inspired by the way Parisians turn balconies or pathways into ”poetic spaces for lunch, drinks, or dinner” — Myra Hoefer used this cramped space to her advantage by turning it into a cosy gathering area using a couple of Adirondack chairs, and a marble roundtable.
A space-saving balcony nook
It’s one thing to utilize a tiny space and turn it into a cosy gathering spot. But it’s another thing entirely when you manage to create more space for yourself out of nothing. And that’s exactly what Ryan Phyper did in this tiny outdoor balcony. You can follow his YouTube channel where he outlines the process and the steps needed to create this multifunctional furniture piece.
This wooden piece functions as a seat with a storage compartment, as well as a shelf with enough space to hang things like your plants, lights, and other decorative pieces for your balcony without taking up any unnecessary floor space.
A bar counter along your balcony rail
While we’re still on the subject of creating more useful spaces for our tiny balconies, this nifty shelf which can be mounted on almost any kind of balcony railing helps turn a simple balcony rail into a sturdy bar or countertop that can hold your food and drinks while virtually taking up zero floor space.
Designed by Arjen and Daan who are based in Amsterdam, you can find this product and many other balcony friendly furniture pieces on their website.
A wall just for your plants
There’s no such rule that says you need to have a backyard with lots of space in order to have a garden. Which is exactly why we’re in love with the way Ana from Decora y Vende utilized her tiny space to create a garden wall.
With just a few wall hooks mounted onto her wooden wall panel, along with a few mounted steel planters for her flowers, Ana was able to save herself a ton of space for things like more seats, rugs, and candles for lighting.
A D.I.Y sofa that fits into your space
If you enjoy a little D.I.Y. challenge for yourself, you could always follow Becky’s lead by making your own sofa using wooden shipping pallets and layering them with seat cushions and throw pillows. What you’ll end up with is an inexpensive couch that won’t just look good, but feels surprisingly comfortable for your space as well.
A space with foldable furniture
This tiny balcony space was transformed into a beautiful reading nook using a few carefully selected furniture pieces that don’t take up any more space than they need to. Designed by Antonia Schmitz— a stylish home decor blogger. Everything from the Acapulco chair with its thin and minimal legs, to the foldable table in the corner that can be stored away when it’s not being used, helps Antonia find the perfect balance between a functional yet stylish balcony space.
A stylish balcony with a touch of privacy
We found this amazing balcony transformation created by interior design blogger — Oliv on her Instagram feed. Once again, we see how versatile wooden pallets can be when it comes to creating a makeshift sofa set.
In this Boho-chic inspired balcony with it’s hanging bamboo wind chime and chunky woven rug, Oliv was even able to add a touch of privacy for her balcony using a roll of budget-friendly reed fencing.
A dedicated space for your pets
Sharing your apartment with a furry friend? Why not turn your tiny outdoor balcony into a puppy-friendly space with these tips from BarkPost Stories. The tips will walk you through everything from building white picket fences, to decorating the space with synthetic turf and a small garden.
A space with freestanding walls and floor tiles
Just because you live in a rental home, doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own little flair to your space.
That certainly didn’t stop Amanda— a D.I.Y enthusiast and interior design blogger who insisted on redecorating her rental space with the help of some wooden pallets, free-standing walls and floating floor tiles. The most impressive thing about this space? Everything can be easily removed and restored to its initial state when it’s time to move.
A space that looks more spacious than it actually is
One of our favourite tricks to help create the appearance of more space is with the help of mirrors. Mirrors do a fantastic job at opening up the visual space of a room, and that’s exactly what interior designer — Dan Marty did to help expand his small patio space where he usually entertains his friends and family in his apartment in L.A.
Want more design tips to transform your living space? Then you’ll love our Timeless Living: How To Design A Classy IKEA- Inspired Home ebook where we outline helpful and easy to follow tips to help you with just that.