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.