Buying Garden Furniture For Small Gardens
No matter how big your garden is you might like to buy some nice furniture to give the space character – however, for people with smaller gardens it can be more of a challenge.
While not everyone has several acres that they can use to design their ideal garden, there are plenty of people who have nice big gardens with space enough to grow vegetables, cultivate flower beds and still have room to put in a table and chairs, or a children’s play area. With so much space to play with, the task is much easier.
In contrast, for those with smaller gardens – which makes up a significant proportion of the UK – it is much more of an art form to make their outdoor area look smart, while at the same time putting in the garden furniture they want. Of course, there are methods of doing this, but it just takes a little more thought and preparation.
So where do you start with your planning? The first step is to measure up your garden as accurately as possible and make a little diagram of the space – like a blueprint your house’s outside area. With the dimensions of your garden in mind, you should next think about what you would most like to install in your garden.
You will naturally need to be a little realistic – a badminton court is not going to fit in a tiny little back yard – but be still be ambitious at first; make a list of the things you would like to buy and then when you have finished you can cut this down to a viable shortlist.
For some people this process will not be that easy – what does one put in a garden aside from plants? There are lots of options and so many resources you can check for inspiration. Start by looking at your friends’ gardens to see what they have put in and what actually works – just because your chum has a barbecue does not mean it is a good idea…
As well as looking at what type of thing works for people you know, you can also look at a variety of magazines and websites; check out estate agents’ portals, for example, as they will have lots of pictures of houses looking their best and may offer some fun ideas for your own garden.
Of course, you need to remember to keep your sites set on your smallish garden, so once you have plenty of inspiration about the sorts of things you can add to a garden you should consider two factors: aesthetics and function. In terms of aesthetics, you should consider what overall look you want to achieve from your garden, then think about how a combination of items on your list might achieve this.
Arguably function is even more important; what are you going to want to use your little garden for? Limit yourself to only a couple of aims, rather than trying to cram in too much – if you want to use it as a social space, then perhaps you should abandon plans to put together an extravagant.
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