Urban living has a lot of benefits. Easy access to great restaurants and shops, as well as a multitude of cultural activities, mean that you can always find something to do. One downside to living in a city is the lack of private outdoor space. While going to parks can be a lot of fun, if you are looking for a quiet space you can have your morning coffee and read the newspaper, a park may be inconvenient. If you have a small outdoor space you want to take advantage of, read on for ideas.

1. Go Up To the Roof

If you are lucky enough to have access to the roof of your building or house, a deck is a great option for making a nice outdoor space. If your roof is sloped or unlevel, don’t worry. Rooftop floating decks are designed for uneven roofs, making previously unusable space usable. They even work for roofs that require a drain for rainwater.

2. Create a Quiet Oasis

Some city houses have a small, enclosed courtyard off the back. These spaces can often feel neglected and untidy. Bring in natural materials to give the space some life. If there is not a lot of natural light that reaches the space or you don’t have much of a green thumb, use faux grass and plants to give the space a green feeling without any work. Add a seating area to bring it all together.

3. Add Hidden Storage

Small outdoor spaces often come with small indoor spaces. Take advantage of your exterior area to add hidden storage to stash away things you don’t use that often. If you want to use your balcony as an extension of your living room when entertaining, buy a small bench with a storage seat for blankets and cushions to keep your guests comfortable.

4. Put Down an Outdoor Rug

Once upon a time, the idea of having an outdoor rug would have seemed crazy. However, new materials and the ability to machine wash have made these rugs common. They are available in lots of fun patterns and are a great way to cover old brick or concrete.

When winter comes to an end and you look forward to enjoying the nice weather, take a look at what space you have available and see if any of these options would work for you. Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t have a little garden spot to yourself.