Having your own balcony is a major perk for many apartment dwellers. No matter how small your balcony may be or what view it provides you, you can transform the space with some cute decor and a bit of elbow grease. Here are some DIY project ideas and purchase suggestions to help you make the most out of your apartment balcony space.
A hammock is a place to while away hours reading, soaking up sun, or watching scenes unfold on the street below. They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to mount or hang, and can be quickly removed to make space for a small dinner party or other gathering on your apartment balcony. Other comfy seating and resting options for your balcony are bean bag chairs, small sofas, and cushion-topped crates.
Bring throw pillows out
Throw pillows are a simply way to boost a balcony’s coziness factor. To preserve their integrity, bring the pillows inside whenever a storm is brewing. Otherwise, you’ll end up replacing these in short order.
An herb garden or a few small plantings can bring life to your apartment without taking much space. Think vertically, and plant only herbs or plants that will get enough sunlight to survive on your balcony. You could also try plants that don’t need too much water or are hearty and able to thrive in a variety of conditions. Hanging plants make nice accents, as they add flair without taking up precious square footage.
Erect a natural privacy wall
If you’d like a little more privacy than your balcony railing provides, create a natural wall. Bamboo planters make a great natural privacy wall. They hardly require any ground area, grow quickly, and tend to be tall.
Candles do so much for the atmosphere of a room, and a balcony is no exception. Pick out a few large candles that work with your balcony’s color scheme. Light them when enjoying food, drinks, or sundown from your apartment balcony.
Use multi-purpose furniture
A cute, cheap rolling cart, like the three-tiered RÅSKOG from IKEA, gives a plethora of options for urban apartment dwellers with a tight balcony situation. Or try finding a pair of patio chairs, something similar to these on Amazon would do, with pull out Ottomans to put your feet up, and stash away when you’re not in the mood.
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