You're lucky enough to own a balcony, but are you using it to its full potential? Be inspired to create a relaxing retreat, start a garden (with room for tea), or add a squirelled-away storage space. You'll feel like you've gained a whole new room.
What would you like to use your space for?
If you could choose, would you rather add a garden to your home, or another indoor space? If you chose the former, is it the idea of growing some greenery which appeals, or just a place to relax in fairer weather? Your answers should help you pick from our ideas below.
Make space to relax
Take note from sun-soaked patios
Your balcony should be your private outdoor sanctuary. Create a summer-ready space with an outdoor patio set where you can entertain or just curl up with a book. Add character with some solar lighting, faux greenery and a little storage to keep clutter away.
Cultivate a garden
Add some greenery
Create your own private garden with plenty of planters full of lush foliage - use open shelving if you're limited on floor space. Try colourful flowers or delicious-smelling herbs (great for the kitchen too). Leave room for some foldaway seating, like a cute bistro set or laidback deck chair, and breathe in your green space.
Utilise your space
An extension of your flat
If you struggle for space at home, your balcony could be the solution for extra storage, or even a laundry room. Store bits and bobs outside (safely, of course) to stop them taking over indoors. You'll be suprised at the difference it makes.
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