Covered walkways for small spaces: practical design tips

Building a covered walkway always requires consideration about the space and design, but even more so when it is a small space. From considerations around width and head height, design and colour, a small space can be both restrictive and an opportunity for creativity.

Type of space

Typically a landscape planner or builder will make a distinction between creating a pathway or a walkway. A pathway is typically there as a decorative, landscaped feature and often takes a meandering route. However, a pathway is usually straight, made from hard paving, and is intended to facilitate heavy traffic.

In a small space, a pathway is the best solution as it isn’t taking up unnecessary space. However, consideration needs to be made for how aesthetically appealing it looks as a small space means there is nowhere for anything to hide. If it is going to be covered, then this will also have implications on a small space – but using the right materials, it can be discreetly done.

Design trends

In a small space, the design of the covered space becomes increasingly important. It needs to be practical, using as little space as possible. However, it also needs to be visually appealing to ensure it isn’t an eyesore in the space available.

Many landscape designers have begun looking at stamping concrete and acid staining, both of which offer a cost-effective and appealing way of creating a walkway. For the canopy, there are many options that come in and out of being on-trend, ranging from glass to metal to perspex. For a small space, the transparency of glass works well as it doesn’t cut off any spaces and ensures you can see around the enclosure.

Open air sides

For small spaces, open air sides on a covered walkway can help to keep it feeling open and airy. It also means it doesn’t feel restrictive and allows you to add plants down either side, which can soften the feel of a walkway and make it feel more part of the landscaped design.


It is always important to consider what part of your covered walkway will be in the shade, compared to what is in the sunlight. The reason for this is because when a walkway is in the shade, moss and mildew can accumulate on the stone and concrete. In a small space, it is important to keep the walkway in the sunshine where possible. If it does end up being in the shade, a consideration will need to be made for the materials used in the design to ensure it isn’t slippery or hazardous.


In a small space, the colour of your covered walkway is very important. Anything too overpowering will overwhelm the space. Ideally, the walkway should discreetly align with the space so it doesn’t take up too much of the attention when you first see it.

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