Three design tips to make the most of your balcony

Three design tips to make the most of your balcony

It’s a huge plus to see a balcony in your new place. It’s a great place to relax on warm days and to chill out in the evenings. But what to do when that balcony seems too small for even one person? Definitely, don’t use your balcony as a storage unit or a graveyard for plants. Here’s some help.   

Treat the balcony like an outdoor room 

Consider your balcony as an extra room and then decorate it as such. You’ll want to create a space that is truly an extension of your new home. Use an all-weather rug or floor covering and furniture that can handle being outdoors. 

 You can create comfort by choosing fluffy cushions and pillows for the chair seats.  A cute table will also add some nice flair to your little balcony. Be sure to choose weather resistant materials for the table as well. You can treat this extension of your home like a little reading nook or a place for you to enjoy your meals outside.  

Add a privacy screen, and make it yourself 

Another way to make the most out of your balcony is to add a little bit of privacy.  There are many materials and ways to make privacy screens, so be creative. You can build a bamboo wall and then cover it in string lights for a fun effect. You can also find a material that adds a layer of sun protection, as well, to shield you during warmer months. Privacy screens can even become a planter wall. How beautiful it will be to see a wall of fresh green plants as you relax on your balcony. 


Another way to work with a smaller space is to build into what's already there. Attach a long wooden board to the railing to make an instant table or bar. Then all you need to add are some folding chairs or bar stools to create an informal look. Use your favorite way to treat the wood with a stain, or paint it a certain color to have it stand out. A built-in table saves you room in a smaller space so you can add other outdoor accents. 

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