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Balcony ideas

You're lucky enough to own a balcony, but are you using it to its full potential?

Balcony ideas.

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

    Space-saving designs

    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!

      Foldable furniture

      If you have a little balcony, opt for foldable garden furniture so you can keep them tucked away when not in use. They're also much easier to bring indoors on wet and windy days.

        Multi-purpose pieces

        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.

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