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Ways to Make Your Small Backyard Look Larger

Fantasizing about having an outdoor space that spans more than a couple of yards is something almost everyone can admit to. If you are tired of spending hours on Pinterest trying to find any and all DIY’s that can help make your space seem bigger, look no further. We have found the best ways to help you capitalize on the space that you do have so you can finally have the outdoor space of your dreams. 


Create Zones

To create the illusion that you have more space, try making distinct areas in your yard. An easy way to break up the area is by purchasing or building your own garden arbor. This will make it feel like you’re entering a completely different backyard. Incorporating winding pathways and areas for sitting will make your space feel larger since there are distinct areas in your backyard. 

Changing Elevation

Similar to creating different zones in your backyard, if you don’t have space on the ground, take your landscaping vertical. This is a great way to optimize your space and can give depth to any small area. You can try incorporating this with raised planter boxes or possibly even trying a sunken patio. This will help to move the eye around, giving the illusion of more space. 

Create a Focal Point

If your backyard feels thrown together and doesn’t flow together nicely, try starting with a focal point. This can be anything from a small water feature, a tree, or a small seating area. By having something the centers the backyard, it won’t feel cluttered and can help make it seem like your backyard is a lot larger. 

Dual Purpose Furniture

When trying to maximize space, it is important to have everything contribute more than just its primary function. A simple way to do this is by adding furniture that doubles as storage. Making sure you are optimizing on the things that take a significant amount of space will help remove clutter and keep your backyard as simple as possible so you can make the most of the space that you have available. 

Using Plants for Privacy

When working with a small area, try not to cut it short with privacy fencing. This will oftentimes make it feel even smaller. Instead, use your property lines as an opportunity to grow more plants with a living fence. Adding hedges or trees can also act as a substitute for a fence around your property. This strategy will allow your yard to merge visually with your neighbor’s property, making you feel like your yard is much larger than before. 


Making your backyard look and feel bigger can be achieved in just a few simple changes. There are many things you can make yourself or purchase to improve the functionality of your backyard so you can enjoy the outdoors to the best of your ability.

If you want to revamp your indoor or outdoor space and are not sure where to start, visit Inspired Expos or read Living Lavishly Magazine for inspiration from experts on the Central Coast that can get you started on the right foot!

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