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Not everyone has the luxury of a spacious backyard at their disposal.

However, fear not, as there are clever ways to transform your compact outdoor space into a seemingly boundless oasis. Utilizing optical illusions to create the illusion of a more expansive backyard can be a budget-friendly alternative to purchasing additional land, which can be quite costly.

All that’s required are a few straightforward tricks and creative concepts to work magic on your small backyard, making it appear grander than ever. As your neighbors scratch their heads in amazement, pondering the mystery of your seemingly larger backyard (they might even start measuring their fences while you’re out for dinner), you can put their curiosity to rest by exploring this list of small backyard tips curated by us. Discover the secrets to maximizing your small outdoor haven and leave your neighbors marveling at your newfound backyard prowess.

4 Ways to Make a Small Backyard Seem Larger

If you take a walk in a botanical garden, you’re sure to notice that even small garden nooks seem large and beautiful. It’s the fragrant, blooming use of the space that makes it standout before our eyes. Using the same simple garden patterns, you too can make a small backyard seem larger, and here are four simple ways to do that.

Create a Back Border

A ring of plants along the back wall of your garden will give the illusion that your small backyard is larger. Clear two feet of land all along the back of the garden. Plant tall shrubs or trees at the back and flowers at the front, then spread mulch over the ground. As the shrubs or trees grow tall they will create a green wall behind your backyard and make it seem larger, while the flowers will add beauty.

Create Separate Spaces

If you split your small backyard into two or three visual spaces, you’ll give the impression that your small backyard is far larger. Install a small picket fence (with a trellis gate) at one side of the garden and create a seating area within. Clear some lawn away from your backyard in the shape of a winding trail, which you can cover with mulch or stones. Or plant a hedge on the side of the yard, to create a hidden bench nook.

Create Spots of Color

If you fill your small backyard with small beautiful touches, the illusion will follow of a larger space. Hang galvanized buckets on trees and fill them with potted plants. Place a wheelbarrow in a corner of the garden, drill holes at its base and plant flowers in it. Hang a hammock between two trees or on a stand, but first dye the hammock in lime green or orange, using RIT dye available at craft stores.

Create a Beautiful Focal Point

The size of your small backyard will cease to matter if you form a beautiful seating area at its center. Look for an affordable garden set at a thrift store. You can always spray paint a worn table and chairs to give them a fresh look. Place the table at the center of your lawn. Add colorful outdoor cushions on the chairs and a planter filled with flowers on the table. Finally scatter a few potted plants around the table.

Implement these ideas based on your budget. Even two or three changes can have an impact on the apparent size and beauty of your backyard.


Selecting the appropriate focal points and backyard accessories is key to creating the illusion of spaciousness in your small backyard. And even if your neighbors haven’t playfully accused you of secretly expanding your yard, you can relish the opportunity to host intimate gatherings in your seemingly modest outdoor haven, now transformed into a envy-inducing wonderland.

For all your backyard enhancement needs, trust Camosse Masonry Supply to provide the materials and expertise necessary to elevate the perception of space in your small backyard. Let your outdoor space become the talk of the neighborhood!