You're lucky enough to own a balcony, but are you using it to its full potential?
Extend your living space
If space is tight, you'll want to maximise every square foot you have - including your balcony. Here are three ideas for how to transform an underused balcony, whether you want a space to socialise, an outdoors retreat, or a miniature garden.
1. Al fresco dining: choose space-saving bistro sets
Make room for two with balcony-friendly garden furniture. This is a social space, ideal for dining outdoors in the evenings or enjoying a few drinks with friends on a sunny afternoon.
Do you have the room to seat a few more? Add a foldable bench like the one shown here to create an impromptu patio set when you have guests over.
2. Create an outdoor nook: comfy garden chairs
Have your morning cuppa out in the fresh air, or while away the hours curling up with a summer read and watching the world go by. Try a stackable garden chair on small balconies or create a holiday-space-at-home with a deck chair.
Add a small table as a spot for your coffee, plants or maybe a candle or two. This one has extra storage in the bottom for stashing more books, magazines and all the snacks.
3. A garden in the sky: plant some greenery
Wish you had a garden of your own? Why not create one on your balcony? With some outdoor-proof planters and a few tools, you can carve out a space for bright and beautiful flowers, some lush greens or maybe your own private herb garden.
Balcony furniture features to look for
Some pieces are made with balconies in mind, like this fold-away, hookable bistro set. This is ideal if you can't decide what to use your space for: garden by day, bistro by dinner time!
Got a wall space to use? This fantastic bench-to-bistro set means you get two of our balcony ideas in one: a quiet sitting spot for you, and a mini bistro set for when guests are round.
Make it your own with outdoor accessories
Get cosy with cushions and rugs
Be extra comfy with cushions to suit your style: try a clean, minimal look or vibrant prints. Floor cushions or outdoor rugs are ideal for renters who don't want to invest in furniture.
Add personality with solar lighting
Solar lighting is an easy, energy-efficient way to transform your balcony. Pick a conversation-starting lantern or add ambience by wrapping some string lights around your railings.
Enjoy easy greenery with faux plants
Not got the greenest thumb? You can still have a botanical balcony by adding some convincing (and maintenance-free) fake flora to bring colour to your outdoor space all year round.