On glorious warm sunny days and relaxing summer evenings, an unloved balcony, no matter its size, is a tragic sight. So if you are currently using yours as a graveyard for dead plants or broken outdoor furniture, listen up. Here are the very best ideas for transforming your neglected outdoor space into an irresistible space perfect for relaxing and entertaining.
DIY Bamboo Privacy Screen
We love simple do-it-yourself projects that add function and style to spaces. Case in point, this super affordable privacy screen idea by Kelsey at Silver Rose Sewing. The blogger was lucky enough to find a bunch of large bamboo poles at a local store for less than $1.50 per piece. Afterward, she connected them all using zip ties and rope. After installing her new privacy screen, she topped it off with lantern string lights.
Double Duty Furniture and Affordable Decking
Here, Jana Wind, the DIY blogger behind the German blog Bekleidet used reasonably inexpensive wood decking by IKEA to cover her tiny balcony. Called RUNNEN, you can pick up a package of tiles for $30. It will include enough pieces to cover nine square feet.
There are a few more decorating ideas worth borrowing from Jana’s balcony. Our favorite is the small storage bench on the upper left. She uses it to hide her mini barbecue grill and potting soil and even better it is big enough to sit two people. See the little dining table? It folds down to create more leg room.
Turn Your Balcony Into an Outdoor Room
Interior designer Erika Hollinshead Ward from Blulabel Bungalow decorated this balcony for a client who wanted a spot to dine or read al fresco. The goal was to create a space that felt like an extension of the home’s interior. Beautiful weather-resistant pieces made it all happen. An outdoor rug with a vibrant scroll pattern covers the concrete floor. A faux wicker sofa and coffee table set made from resilient polypropylene bring the comfort of indoors outside. A teak folding chair adds one more spot to sit.
Turn a Cement Balcony Into an Urban Oasis
Isabelle LaRue the DIY diva behind, Engineer Your Own Space, transformed her small, cement balcony into a little urban oasis. First, she added a little architectural interest by installing a white ledge on top of her existing balcony walls. The feature created room to place potted plants and several decorative accessories. Next, she gave her outdoor nook a tropical twist with reed fencing. You can pick a roll at most home improvement stores for less than $30. Because her balcony faces other buildings, she installed white lattice panels for privacy. LaRue also built a storage bench (on the right) specifically for her balcony. She uses it to keep gardening supplies out of sight.
This Balcony Has a Fancy Privacy Screen
An attractive privacy screen encases this stylish small balcony by Linear Concepts, an architecture and interior design firm based in Delhi, India. Potted plants add pops of greenery. The wicker furniture enlivens the space with energizing shades of yellow and orange.
Balcony With a Planter Wall
A planter wall sets the tone for this lovely balcony by Decora y Vende. Globe string lights add a festive touch. Below is a wood pallet styled sofa with weather resistant cushions. Rustic floor poufs made of straw add extra seating. An outdoor rug provides something soft underfoot while doubling as a picnic blanket.
Solid Fabric Privacy Screen
Shield yourself from wind, sun, and prying eyes with a solid privacy screen like this red one on a balcony seen on Alvhem. They come with little fasteners that make them simple to hang. Many home decorating stores including IKEA sell them starting at $15.00. Notice the floor? It is covered with those deck tiles we mentioned earlier.
How to Add Style and Function to a Cramped Balcony
Antonia Schmitz is the insanely stylish home décor blogger who pens Craftifair, one of our favorite sites for small space decorating ideas. She transformed her slightly awkward balcony (it faces her building’s roof) into an urban oasis thanks to smartly curated furnishings and plants.
On the left is an Acapulco chair that not only looks impressive but is comfortable too. Also, the seat is rated for outdoor use. On the lower right is a small table that folds flats when not needed. A machine washable cotton rug lends something soft for bare feet. An old crate gets a new life as a plant stand. More than a dozen different planters filled with natural greenery or seasonal flowers add welcoming appeal. Notice the chicken wire covering the railing? It’s a preventive measure that keeps Schmitz’s cat safe.
Concrete Furniture Is Perfect for Balconies
Home features and decorative accessories made of concrete are having a significant moment. Here a chic accent table made of concrete adds a little grit to a modestly sized balcony by John Kraemer & Sons, a custom home building company based in Edina, Minnesota. We also love the chic wicker and teak club chairs. They are an elegant touch that elevates the space. Topping off the cement floor are teak deck tiles.
This Balcony Table Doesn’t Need Floor Space
When there is no room to spare for a table in your super tiny outdoor space, a shelf that you can attach to a balcony railing can be a handy feature. That is why Arjen Spijkerman and Daan Meijners based in Amsterdam created The Balkon Bar. It creates the perfect spot to park an outdoor bar or dinner.
Outdoor Pallet Sofa on a Tiny Balcony
A wood pallet sectional sofa with tufted outdoor cushions transformed the outdoor space into a cozy hangout. A roll of inexpensive reed fencing spruces up the blah balcony wall. A string of paper lantern inspired string lights called SOLVINDEN by IKEA lend a little ambiance at night. On top of the wood tiles, which are also from IKEA, is a machine washable cotton rug. Love the idea of greenery on your balcony but don’t want to deal with daily maintenance? Inside the white planter are two hassle-free faux plants. Another item worth mentioning is the outdoor umbrella with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor rating of more than 50.
Outdoor Furniture Made of Woven Water Hyacinth
There is nothing like the look of hand-braided natural materials such as water hyacinth as shown on this tiny balcony by Paradise Restored, a landscaping company based in Portland, Oregon. The chunky fibers add a pleasing texture to the space that is both rustic and sophisticated. It is no wonder that outdoor furnishings made from the material were a big hit on the French Riviera during the 1940s.