How to make the most of a small outside space


In the run up to summer holidays getting the garden ready for entertaining and summer fun is on everyone’s mind. The perfect staycation spot could be in your back garden! You may be thinking ‘how can I make the most out of my garden if I have a small garden, small courtyard, patio or decking?’.

We at Dunster House know how to make the most of your outside space, however small.

Essentially, when designing an outside space comfort is key! Think of your back garden space as another room in your house. You want to focus on bringing the comfort that is in your house to your garden as well. There is no reason your patio and decking shouldn’t be any less inviting as your living room!

Think vertically

To save outdoor space by square footage – be it the grass or the patio – think about keeping things off of the ground, such as a large variation of plants. Growing plants up trellis or even a Jasmine Trellis Arch Pergola can save floor space but also give you chance to have a feature into your garden. The traditional style timber archway gives a much-needed facelift to any garden. A great use of the lattice side panels is to growing climbing plants without having to buy any additional lattices or fences which would take up additional space.

jasmine pergola


Everyone needs a little bit of extra storage to help tidy up the little bits and bobs. Our Talia Heavy Duty Garden Tool Shed is a practical solution to keep everything neat and tidy. For additional safety the Talia comes with a sturdy hasp and clasp, tool rail and adjustable-height shelf. The pressure treated floor bearers are to help with the protection of its foundations from rot and insect infestation.

The Talia Shed is not limited to hold tools and garden equipment, it could be a great place to store cushions from outdoor decorative furniture from rainy showers!


Make the most out of a patio or decking

As it’s coming up to summer, being in the garden is a great place to spend time with family and friends. As the nights are lighter and the evenings are warmer being outside is great fun, to keep the fun up a garden bar is a great summer essential.

Family, friends, sunshine, beer and cocktails as well as mocktails are the great foundations for a summer success! A garden bar will be the star of your garden without taking up too much space. A Bar is a versatile garden structure, great on decking or a patio!

Corner bar

Adding a pop of colour to your garden can brighten up a dark garden, bright cushions on decorative furniture like the bar stools can be a great addition to the corner of your garden. Colourful furniture, cushions and accessories do not have to be expensive to have a lasting impact. Even getting creative and painting the Talia Shed in colour and patterns can become a feature point in your garden.

However you are spending time this summer, have a lovely one!


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