How to Capitalize on Your Rooftop Space

Just because the size of your rooftop is limited doesn’t mean that it needs to feel small. These tips and tricks will help homeowners make their existing spaces stand out.

Finding extra space in your home—especially when you live in the city—can be a challenge. That’s why more and more people are looking to rooftops to add another layer to their homes. However, not all rooftops boast unending space and built in amenities. So homeowners are taking additional steps to capitalize on the existing rooftop space that they have.

Having a small rooftop space doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to sacrifice top tier design. In fact, there are ways to make a rooftop inviting and welcoming regardless of how large it is. And according to Donald Maldonado, lead designer at Chicago Green Design, that process begins by recognizing that space isn’t a limitation.

“When you’re dealing with smaller spaces, it’s easy to start thinking on a more micro level. But that doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on what you want to showcase within that space,” said Maldonado. “Capitalizing on your existing rooftop space comes down to taking everything that you want to include into perspective. Everything that you want to highlight—from furniture to plants—can be adjusted to size.”

One of the biggest things that can be adjusted to size and still make a large impact on the overall look and feel of a rooftop is furniture. While there are some stores like Restoration Hardware that exclusively sell large pieces, there are other brands that offer designs that fit into unique spaces. Maldonado says that finding that right furniture for your specific space is ultimately what has the power to make your rooftop seem bigger.

“The furniture that you add to your rooftop has to flow size wise, and match the space that you have available. For example, there are different profiles of couches that vary in depth that have the potential to fit in different areas. There are also tables that can be purchased with thinner designs that still hold space for people to rest their plates and drinks,” Maldonado said. “As long as you’re willing to get creative, there’s something out there for every style and size of rooftop.”

Capitalizing on your rooftop space also comes down to ensuring that your accessories are inviting and welcoming. Even though you may not have room for a full garden, there are hanging planters and other flowers that can be purchased and showcased to a lesser degree. At the end of the day, having a smaller rooftop space doesn’t mean that you need to lose sight of top quality design.

“If your rooftop isn’t creating an environment in which people want to frequent, the size of it doesn’t matter. You can only make the most of your space when it’s living up to its full potential from a design standpoint,” said Maldonado. “The number one thing to keep in mind is to design for the space you have, not the space you want. If you can move freely around your rooftop and it’s welcoming for guests, then it’s going to add an unbeatable value to your home.”