We all dream of having that house with a big yard. Having a large yard means we can convert it into our own little haven. Till that day comes, we have to make the most out of the tiny outdoor space that we have.

Most of us don’t have much space outside our house. Don’t get disheartened by the lack of space. With a little creativity you can transform your outdoor space into a delightful retreat.

Even with a smaller space, you can change your outdoor area into a sanctuary for you and your family. Check out these 10 ways you can make the most out of your outdoor space.

A Seating Area

If you are planning on sipping your ice tea under the shade this summer, a sitting area is a must. There are numerous ways for you to plan your patio seating arrangement.

It can be something as simple as a bench to an entire relaxation zone. Take a creative approach to your benches and enhance the look of your patio.

If you plan on bathing in the sun, simple recliners with an umbrella shade would be enough. It is always better to have some shade, so you can enjoy your time outside safely.

Always opt for weather treated wood for your outdoor furnishings. You can make use of corners by installing seating booths or go classic with wrought iron outdoor bistro sets.

Barbecue Zone

Even if you don’t have a lot of space, creating a barbecue zone is possible. You can buy a small portable round grill. It takes little space and you can easily barbecue without smoking your indoor. Add a small picnic bench to the mix and you have your barbecue zone.

You can also have a firepit for your small patio. Fire Pits are multipurpose and you can also use it for barbecues.

At Garden Chefs you can find ideas for getting small charcoal barbecue grills, fire pits, outdoor pizza ovens, etc. If you have a small barbecue area and a sitting zone, you can easily throw small scale barbecue parties!

Outdoor Bar

We often wish to have our own little bar, yet there is never enough space for it indoors. Imagine making some cool margarita outdoors on a hot summer’s day!

Nothing screams luxury like an outdoor bar. It looks fancy and you make use of spare space. Having a bar does not take as much space as you might think. Having a small bar table with two bar stools are more than enough.

Check out these outdoor bar ideas and find the one that fits your patio!

Small Garden

People often think that they need a lot of space to create a garden. You can easily make your own in your tiny outdoor space.

If you want people to be able to enjoy your garden, try to line up the planting against the walls. This way you keep some space in the middle for walking.

Small patios are great for making your own vegetable garden. You can organize your leafy greens by planting them in raised beds. You can also plant vegetables like tomatoes in pots.

Make use of the walls by planting vines that can cover up the walls. You can try using flowering vines to add some color to your garden.

Small Patio Pond

The idea of installing a pond in your tiny outdoor space seems impossible, yet its not. Small ponds or fountains can turn your patio into an oasis.

You might assume that getting a pond or buying a fountain can be heavy on your wallet. You can reduce the money involved by making your own pond over the weekend. You can create your own pond in your garden with a little digging in your garden.

If you think creating an actual pond is a lot of work, you can opt for a container pond. Container ponds are a great investment as decorations.

Try growing water based plants or even raising fish in them. You can also turn it into a fountain to add the soothing sound of trickling water.

Relaxing Swing

If you want to make the most out of your porch, add a swing to it. Having a swing outdoors is great for reading a book or having an afternoon nap. Don’t skip on the shade for this one, as we tend to spend prolonged hours on a swing.

If you have a tall tree, you can make a swing that hangs from one of its thick branches. For a swing that stands on its own you have to create a wooden frame that will hold the chains. Try out these DIY swing plans for your porch.

You can even make a swing bed, perfect for warm outdoor naps. If you want something simpler, try making a patio hammock.

Outdoor Glamping Tent

We spend a lot of time indoors, hence it is nice to live outdoors for a bit. Backyard glamping is gaining more and more popularity.

You don’t have to go far if you are considering glamping. Your tiny outdoor space will be perfect for glamping. If you keep a permanent glamping tent outside, your children will love it.

Since it is right outside your house, you can decorate your tent in various ways. Depending on the size of your patio, you can buy a tent that fits without crowding the space.

Create a Heavenly Canopy

We often see these beautiful canopies in photos with white billowy curtains. Why should such canopies only exist in seaside vacation areas. You can create your own right at home.

You first need to make a pergola for your patio. You can hang sheer white curtains from your pergola to give your patio the vacation vibes.

If you want a heavier canopy in your garden, creating a pavilion is a wonderful idea. You can place your seating arrangement, your bar or your swing under this pavilion. Having a permanent pavilion gives you better protection from the weather.

Light Up Your Tiny Patio

Adding lights to your small outdoor space will make it look larger. Even if you have a simple bench outdoors, some decorative lights will make you want to spend time outdoors.

You can try hanging fairy lights or ball lanterns on the patio walls. You can also add garden lights. If you can see the stars from where you live, you can create a canopy of fairy lights in your patio.


Having a Jacuzzi is an ultimate luxury. If you can’t have a pool, Jacuzzi is the next best thing. If you can afford to have one, install a hot tub to your patio.

If you want to make the most of your small space, aim to put the jacuzzi on a side. You can devote an entire side to this. One good thing about hot tubs are that it does not necessarily need a big area.

Final Thoughts

Even with small spaces, you can do a lot with your patio. A smaller space will give you a cozier relaxation area. A little creative thinking can transform your boring outdoor space. You can create a zen spot for yourself even in your tiny patio.