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9 easy ways to maximise space in your small garden

Turn even the smallest of gardens into a space to be proud of

With coronavirus restrictions easing, and outdoor entertaining now permitted, you may be looking to revamp your garden. Even if you have a small space or a tiny balcony, you can still maximise its potential with some clever tricks and amazing products…

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1. Don't compromise on dining

Wayfair's resident style advisor Nadia McCowan Hill advises making your garden an extension of your home, even if it's small. "To make the most of your outdoor space, think of it as another room and furnish accordingly," Nadia says. Even a tiny bistro table will allow your space to be used as a key part of your home.

Carnforth 2 seater bistro set, £355.99, Wayfair


2. Use mirrors to create space

A quick Instagram scroll of the hashtag #gardenmirrors will open your eyes to how wonderful these home additions can be in your garden too! Prop a mirror up against your wall to make your space appear so much bigger.

Arch mirror, £195, John Lewis


3. Create interest with unexpected design details

Wayfair's Nadia McCowan Hill says: "Don’t be afraid to introduce a few pieces that you would ordinarily see indoors." Candles, vases and throws will transform a small balcony or sweet courtyard into a fun and enjoyable space.

4. Plant vertically

Get clever with your plants by adding trellis and climbing plants to liven up your fences or walls. Plus, having greenery on the perimeter will expand the overall feel of the space.

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5. Don't be afraid of colour

Injecting a pop of colour into your garden, no matter the size, will definitely put a smile on your face. Select vibrant planters that can be hung around your outdoor space at different levels.

10 hanging planters, £16.99, Amazon


6. Add ambience with outdoor lighting

Adding some lighting up high won't take up any extra room on the ground, but it will give you a cosy atmosphere. A simple way to upgrade your garden in an instant!

Festoon lights, £11.99, Wayfair


7. Choose multi-purpose products

If you put a little bit of thought into your garden buys, they can be dual purpose – how about an outdoor trunk for storing garden tools that doubles as a seat?

Outdoor seat, £120.88, Amazon


8. Find foldable furniture

Having extra chairs for guests that you can neatly stack away is the perfect solution to make your space versatile for every occasion.

Beach chair, £230, Business & Pleasure Co. at Selfridges


9. Install some shelves

If you really can't squeeze in a table to your outdoor space, you can use a narrow shelf as a place to prop your summer cocktails.

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