DIY A COZY NOOK
For those who want a cozy oasis where they can really hunker down and relax, a cozy bench covered in cushions is the way to go. If you’re a DIYer, use a palette and some cushions to create your outdoor sofa. The more fluff you can add — along with a nice throw — the better. If your balcony can support it, hammocks are always an amazing way to lounge without occupying too much balcony real estate.
MAXIMIZING SMALL CONDO BALCONIES
Image: Modish Space
Not all balconies are created equal. For those of you who don’t have a lot of space to work with there are a few simple ways to maximize the space you do have. Your balcony railing is a perfect place for hanging just about anything. Look for collapsable tables that can be mounted to your railing and can be propped up only when you need them. They can serve as a desk for your laptop or a kitchen table for your breakfast. Similarly, look for benches that have built-in storage to house your cushions and blankets when you’re not using them.
FAWNING FOR FLORA
When you’re living in a concrete jungle, adding some flora to your condo balcony is a great way to bring some life to your space and there are lots of different ways you can use plants on your balcony. Some use it as a means of creating privacy between their neighbours while others may choose to grow their own vegetable gardens. Just because you don’t have a proper garden doesn’t mean you can’t grow some veg. Check out this list of vegetables that are great for balcony gardens.
Even on a small condo balcony you can use planters that can hang from your balcony railing and don’t take up too much space. If you’re blessed with a large balcony, potted plants and planters make for great accents throughout your outdoor oasis.
Check out this item from IKEA that serves as a bench and a place to hang plants and other decorative accents.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Once you’ve got your outdoor space furnished and decorated, the final step is to add some light. String lights are always a popular way to add light to your balcony without overdoing it. Votives or lanterns with candles are a great alternative or addition to set the mood for those warm nights spent in your outdoor oasis.
With all these tips and tricks it can be a lot to envision. Look at this beautifully designed condo balcony from topbalconys.com for some great inspiration and how they used some of the ideas we discussed in this blog.