Maximise Your Garden Space With Our Zoning Top Tips

Do you feel like you’re not getting the most out of your outdoor space? Perhaps you’ve got a tired old bistro set by the back door, and the rest of the lawn is left to the weeds? Why not give garden zoning a go, and take back control of your unruly backyard (sorry weeds!)

By using this clever technique, you can divide your outdoor area into specific zones for each activity (cooking, dining, lounging etc.) – just like the rooms in your home. This enables you to maximise every square metre of your lawn, decking or patio.

Sound good? Then step this way to learn how to transform your garden space into a multi-functional masterpiece with our zoning top tips!

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1. Beer Garden

Maze Rattan 6 Seat Bar Set with Ice Bucket

Always wanted your own home bar, where the drinks keep flowing and you can stay open as late as you like? The garden is the perfect place for it!

Create a guest-ready entertaining zone with this Maze Rattan 6 Seat Bar Set. This high-quality garden furniture set features luxuriously padded seats and an ice bucket in the centre, which makes it ideal for hosting drinks on your patio or decking.

The round shape means it doesn’t take up too much space and it’s perfect for sunny spots – just add the optional parasol to keep everyone cool as they sip their Aperol Spritz!

2. Undercover Quarter

Maze Rattan 3 x 3m Pergola with LED Lighting

A stylish outdoor pergola can help to visually zone your garden and is essential if you want to use your outdoor furniture in all weather.

Maze Rattan’s luxury 3 x 3m Pergola comes with adjustable roof panels and Textilene sides, offering you optional protection from UV rays, wind and rain, and creating a cosy chill-out zone.

When the sun sets, light up the area with the built-in remote-control LED lighting – this would also make the perfect place for a hot tub!

3. Sunbathing Space

Extreme Lounging Pastel B Bed Outdoor Bean Bag

No garden would be complete without somewhere to lie around and soak up the sun!

This B Bed Outdoor Bean Bag by Extreme Lounging comes in a selection of pastel colours, which look fabulous positioned together to create a stylish lounging area.

The B Bed is weatherproof, so you can even leave it out in the rain – although we recommend bringing it inside in extreme weather to keep it looking its best.

4. Split the Deck

Rowlinson Garden Planter & Screen Corner Set

You don’t need to use physical barriers to separate your garden zones – but in some cases, it might help to define the areas, increase privacy, and add to the feng-shui of your space.

You may find it particularly useful if you want to section off the kids’ areas of the garden from the adults-only zones!

This Rowlinson Planter and Screen Corner Set is an attractive way to divide your garden, whilst still letting light through. You can plant your favourite flowers in the planters, or train vines to wrap around the slats, for a wilder look.

5. Land of Pod

HypeDome Garden Pod

This stunning Hypedome Garden Pod has to be the ultimate way to zone your garden.

Made from 100 virtually-unbreakable polycarbonate panels, which offer you 360-degree panoramic views, this incredible dome can be used year-round to maximise your outdoor space.

By creating a separate outdoor room, protected from the elements, you can turn any unused patch of ground into your new conservatory. The Hypedome is suitable for dining, relaxing, star-gazing, and studying… we’ve even had people use them as home gyms! The possibilities are (almost!) endless.

6. Veggie Patch

PlantBox Living Wall Stacking Planters

Having a dedicated zone to grow plants and veggies can seriously improve your garden – not to mention your mental health.

These PlantBox Living Wall Stacking Planters quite literally help you bring a wall to life – so you don’t need oodles of space to start flexing your green fingers.

Why not start with some herbs, such as basil, mint or parsley? These are relatively easy to grow; you just need a sunny spot, fertile soil and plenty of water. There’s nothing like cooking with fresh homegrown produce from your garden!

7. Alfresco Kitchen

DeliVita Outdoor Pizza Oven Complete Collection

Speaking of cooking, another popular garden area to consider is an outdoor kitchen.

We’re not talking about moving your cooker and kitchen sink outside – instead, use a BBQ or pizza oven as a culinary centrepiece to build your outdoor cooking area around.

The DeliVita Pizza Oven Complete Collection contains everything you need to set up an outdoor pizza station, including a pizza cutter and peel, dough, foldaway stand and all-weather cover. Get ready to serve up delicious wood-fired pizzas to your family and friends!

8. Fine Dining

Maze Rattan Pulse Dining Set with Fire Pit Table

When dinner’s ready, you’ll need somewhere to sit, eat, drink, and be merry.

Move the party over to the dining area of your garden, where you’ll encourage everyone to sink into this Pulse Dining Set by Maze Rattan.

This modular garden furniture set can comfortably accommodate 7 people and there’s even a built-in gas fire pit on the table, to keep your food and guests toasty!

9. After Party Area

Heatsail Dome Freestanding Electric Patio Heater Floor Lamp
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Who needs a nightclub when you’ve got this set-up at home?

Create the ultimate late-night zone, where you and your guests can put the world to rights until sunrise, with the Heatsail Electric Patio Heater Floor Lamp.

This stylish overhead heater not only looks great but radiates heat for up to 5 metres. There are even optional Bluetooth speakers in the base – perfect for keeping the party going until dawn (sorry neighbours!)

Finish the look with LED mood lighting, to further define your late-night area.

10. Recovery Zone

Tiipii Hammock Bed

Last but not least, use a hammock to create a relaxation zone, where you can hang out (literally!) and recover after a busy day/night of using your garden to its fullest.

Suspended from a tree branch or pergola, this Tiipii bed is the ideal place to enjoy a quiet cuppa, read a book, or take a nap with the kids.

If you don’t have anywhere suitable to hang it, don’t worry – there’s an optional stand available, to turn it into a freestanding structure ready to transform any unused space in your garden!

Ready to Give Garden Zoning a Go?

However much outdoor space you have, realise its full potential by creating garden zones for every occasion! If you’d like to discuss any of our outdoor furniture, just give us a call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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