27 ideas for making your small back garden super cosy

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A small back garden can actually be a fantastic commodity when it comes to creating a cosy and beautiful space. 

It makes sense when you think about it, as the less space you have to worry about, the more you can hone in on a prescribed style and get the vibe exactly right. That must be why gardeners like working in small spaces so much!

Read on if you're looking to make your little outdoor space a cosy corner filled with stunning details, as we have some wonderful gardening ideas for doing just that.

2. Work with wood to keep the look warm

3. Make a clear connection with the house

4. Hang pretty lamps from your pergola

8. A hammock is the ideal chill spot

9. Herb boxes make great use of a blank wall

10. Add a little Zen to your life and your garden!

11. Get creative with what you use as planters

12. Hanging chairs will keep the space feeling a bit bigger

13. A fire pit will make your space usable all year round and so cosy!

15. Leafy greens will make a tiny spot feel tropical and cosy

16. No room for plants? Add a green wall instead!

17. Path lights in a warm white will look gorgeous

18. Fairy lights are a classic for a reason

19. Explore your arty side with a wall mural

20. A DIY lighting project could be fun, not to mention cheap!

21. Create a private reading sanctuary (comfy cushions are mandatory)

22. A rustic terrace will be comfortable during that day and so welcoming at night

23. Create an outdoor living room with ultra squishy furniture

24. Romantic lighting will put the 'ahhhh' into your garden

25. Bamboo privacy screens won't shrink the space but will feel nicely supportive

26. Create a sociable seating area for easy conversation

27. Don't shy away from dramatically dark colours. What a way to feel all wrapped up in your own garden!

For more garden inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 21 Little Garden Ideas To Spruce Up Your Home Entrance.

… and if you're entertaining others? Make a cosy garden sitting area!

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Moroccan style garden

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Have an awkward corner in your garden? The best garden corner idea is to make a cosy space to entertain your friends or family. You could even watch movies outside surrounded by plants, grass, and some pleasant weather.


In need of more seating ideas? Check out this ideabook for inspiration.

Small garden area? Think big.

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Design Outdoors Limited

Outdoor Kitchens and BBQ Areas

Design Outdoors Limited

Small backyard and not much of a garden? Make something else the centerpiece, like a great outdoor grill or even a wood-fired oven. You can cosy up to the warmth of the fire and whip up some delicious meals in the comfort of your own home.

Making a small garden into a masterpiece…

Do you want to be a wonderful host to your friends but feel that your garden is too small for celebrations? Don't fret! Simply add a nice outside dining table and everyone can converse over appetizers — no crazy backyard needed! For cosy vibes, add warm light.

Are you now seeing more potential in your small garden?

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