Five ways to make the most of your small backyard

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With urban density increasing, a lot of Australians are having to make do with a small backyard.

Most people think that having a small backyard means they can’t create a functional space. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to turn your small backyard into a luxurious, relaxing area.

How to enjoy a small backyard,
There are plenty of ways to make the most of your small backyard.

Hang some outdoor string lights

Hanging outdoor string lights is a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere. Mood lighting is the perfect addition for any occasion, from a summer BBQ with friends to a relaxing night with the kids.

Ikea has a huge range of outdoor lighting, so you’re bound to find something that will fit with the style of your backyard.

Set up a small backyard fountain

Adding a water feature to your yard will not only bring a sense of calm to your busy life, but also give the local wildlife a source of water.

You can buy water features from a range of outlets, but we prefer to head down the DIY route. If you’re looking for a project, check out these 30 ideas for a backyard DIY water fountain.

Install a water feature in your small backyard.
A water feature can be a great addition to any backyard.

A tiered garden is the way to go

Tiered planters will maximise the ground space in your yard. This will give you more room for entertaining, while still allowing space for your precious veggie or herb garden.

You can even build one yourself! Check out this awesome DIY tutorial here.

Make timber the main feature

Adding timber to an outdoor space helps transform it into a warm, inviting environment.

Timber decking is incredibly versatile, so it works well in a small backyard. You can install it in any size space to create an entertaining area you can use all year round.

Add a timber deck to your small backyard.
A timber deck will add a touch of class to your backyard.

Lay some artificial grass

Offering the illusion of a lush, green lawn, artificial grass is becoming a popular option in a small backyard.

It’s realistic, low maintenance, and it gives the illusion of a larger space. There’s no downside!

Ready to renovate your small backyard?

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Have you been thinking about renovating your home? Fill out the free measure and quote form at the top of this article and a member of our dedicated sales team will be in touch.

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