Whether you’re selling your home or just looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors, an outdoor space like a porch, deck, or patio can be a valuable addition to your home. However, you don’t need a massive backyard to incorporate an enjoyable outdoor space—traditional decks and porches can easily be scaled to fit smaller backyards.

As you plan your small deck’s design, use these tips to maximize space.

Match Your Home’s Aesthetic

When you’re designing a deck, especially on limited space, it’s important to make sure the materials you choose complement your home’s aesthetic. Small decks that are too dissimilar to their homes often stand out, looking like an awkward addition rather than an intentional amenity. Using complementary materials creates a cohesive, seamless transition between house and outdoor space.

Make Your Deck Appear More Spacious

Traditional decks utilize paneling that sits parallel or perpendicular to the attached house. If you’re short on space, use diagonal deck paneling to create the illusion of a larger, elongated space.

Other ways to make your deck look larger include:

  • Using cable or glass railings to maintain an open feel
  • Buying multi-functional furniture to save space
  • Keeping clutter to a minimum
  • Adding lighting strategically

Create Vertical Focal Points

Using vertical space will both keep your deck from getting cluttered and draw guests’ eyes upward, creating the impression of a larger deck. Choose your focal points strategically—having more than one or two may look messy in a small space. Try hanging flowerpots, wind sculptures, or chimes. A vine-filled trellis, vertical garden, or hanging chairs can also provide privacy to smaller backyards.

Install Built-In Seating

Seating and dining areas are essential to the enjoyment of your outdoor space, but they can take up a lot of room. Maximize the space you have by installing bench seating with cabinet-style storage or a perimeter bar with stools that fit beneath when not in use.

Feeling inspired to start building your small deck? Minnesota Home Improvements has years of experience designing unique, beautiful decks for Central Minnesota residents. No matter how small your yard is, we can help you build the outdoor living space of your dreams. Contact us today for a quote!