24 Ways to Make the Most of Your Small Apartment Balcony

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    Make the Most of a Teensy Balcony

    On glorious warm sunny days and relaxing summer evenings, an unloved balcony, no matter its size, is a tragic sight. So if you are currently using yours as a graveyard for dead plants or broken outdoor furniture, listen up. We gathered together the very best ideas for transforming your neglected outdoor space into an irresistible space perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

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    Double Duty Furniture and Affordable Decking

    The typical apartment balcony has a concrete floor that is devoid of personality. Fortunately, you can spruce up a boring slab with interlocking deck tiles. They are very easy to install -- to do merely snap all the pieces together. And if you are a renter, you should know they are a cinch to remove.

    Here, Jana Wind, the DIY blogger behind the German blog Bekleidet used reasonably inexpensive wood decking by IKEA to cover her tiny balcony. Called RUNNEN, you can pick up a package of tiles for $30. It will include enough pieces to cover nine square feet.

    There are a few more decorating ideas worth borrowing from Jana's balcony. Our favorite is the small storage bench on the upper left. She uses it to hide her mini barbecue grill and potting soil and even better it is big enough to sit two people. See the little dining table? It folds down to create more leg room

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    DIY Bamboo Privacy Screen

    We love simple do-it-yourself projects that add function and style to spaces. Case in point, this super affordable privacy screen idea by Kelsey at Silver Rose Sewing. The blogger was lucky enough to find a bunch of large bamboo poles at a local store for less than $1.50 per piece. Afterward, she connected them all using zip ties and rope. After installing her new privacy screen, she topped it off with lantern string lights.

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    Turn a Cement Balcony into an Urban Oasis

    Isabelle LaRue the DIY diva behind, Engineer Your Own Space, transformed her small, cement balcony into a little urban oasis. First, she added a little architectural interest by installing a white ledge on top of her existing balcony walls. The feature created room to place potted plants and several decorative accessories. Next, she gave her outdoor nook a tropical twist with reed fencing. You can pick a roll at most home improvement stores for less than $30. Because her balcony faces other buildings, she installed white lattice panels for privacy. LaRue also built a storage bench (on the right) specifically for her balcony. She uses it to keep gardening supplies out of sight.

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    Turn Your Balcony into an Outdoor Room

    Interior designer Erika Hollinshead Ward from Blulabel Bungalow decorated this balcony for a client who wanted a spot to dine or read al fresco. The goal was to create a space that felt like an extension of the home's interior. Beautiful weather-resistant pieces made it all happen. An outdoor rug with a vibrant scroll pattern covers the concrete floor. A faux wicker sofa and coffee table set made from resilient polypropylene bring the comfort of indoors outside. A teak folding chair adds one more spot to sit. 

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    Balcony With a Planter Wall

    A planter wall sets the tone for this lovely balcony by Decora y Vende. Globe string lights add a festive touch. Below is a wood pallet styled sofa with weather resistant cushions. Rustic floor poufs made of straw add extra seating. An outdoor rug provides something soft underfoot while doubling as a picnic blanket.

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    This Balcony has a Fancy Privacy Screen

    An attractive privacy screen encases this stylish small balcony by Linear Concepts, an architecture and interior design firm based in Delhi, India. Potted plants add pops of greenery. The wicker furniture enlivens the space with energizing shades of yellow and orange

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    How to Add Style and Function to a Cramped Balcony

    Antonia Schmitz is the insanely stylish home décor blogger who pens Craftifair, one of our favorite sites for small space decorating ideas. She transformed her slightly awkward balcony (it faces her building's roof) into an urban oasis thanks to smartly curated furnishings and plants.

    On the left is an Acapulco chair that not only looks impressive but is comfortable too. Also, the seat is rated for outdoor use. On the lower right is a small table that folds flats when not needed. A machine washable cotton rug lends something soft for bare feet. An old crate gets a new life as a plant stand. More than a dozen different planters filled with natural greenery or seasonal flowers add welcoming appeal. Notice the chicken wire covering the railing? It's a preventive measure that keeps Schmitz's cat safe.

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    Solid Fabric Privacy Screen

    Shield yourself from wind, sun, and prying eyes with a solid privacy screen like this red one on a balcony seen on Alvhem. They come with little fasteners that make them simple to hang. Many home decorating stores including IKEA sell them starting at $15.00. Notice the floor? It is covered with those deck tiles we mentioned earlier.

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    This Balcony Table Doesn't Need Floor Space

    When there is no room to spare for a table in your super tiny outdoor space, a shelf that you can attach to a balcony railing can be a handy feature. That is why Arjen Spijkerman and Daan Meijners based in Amsterdam created The Balkon Bar. It creates the perfect spot to park an outdoor bar or dinner. 

     

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    Concrete Furniture is Perfect for Balconies

    Home features and decorative accessories made of concrete are having a significant moment. Here a chic accent table made of concrete adds a little grit to a modestly sized balcony by John Kraemer & Sons, a custom home building company based in Edina, Minnesota. We also love the chic wicker and teak club chairs. They are an elegant touch that elevates the space. Topping off the cement floor are teak deck tiles. 

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    Outdoor Furniture Made of Woven Water Hyacinth

    There is nothing like the look of hand-braided natural materials such as water hyacinth as shown on this tiny balcony by Paradise Restored, a landscaping company based in Portland, Oregon. The chunky fibers add a pleasing texture to the space that is both rustic and sophisticated. It is no wonder that outdoor furnishings made from the material were a big hit on the French Riviera during the 1940s.

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    Outdoor Pallet Sofa on a Tiny Balcony

    Pallet sofa on balcony
    Villa Snow White via Instagram

    Becky, also known as Villa Snow White on Instagram created a super inviting balcony that proves you don't need a stellar view to enjoy your outdoor space.

    A wood pallet sectional sofa with tufted outdoor cushions transformed the outdoor space into a cozy hangout. A roll of inexpensive reed fencing spruces up the blah balcony wall. A string of paper lantern inspired string lights called SOLVINDEN by IKEA lend a little ambiance at night. On top of the wood tiles, which are also from IKEA, is a machine washable cotton rug. Love the idea of greenery on your balcony but don't want to deal with daily maintenance? Inside the white planter are two hassle-free faux plants. Another item worth mentioning is the outdoor umbrella with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor rating of more than 50.

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    Block the Sun With a Fabric Canopy

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    Mora Korytowska via Instagram

    Interior designer Mora Korytowska shared her stylish balcony on Instagram. The furniture made of acacia wood is from IKEA's ÄPPLARÖ collection. Fabric lanterns look pretty during the day while adding soft light at night. The solar-powered lights in the planters provide additional lighting. Because Korytowska spends lots of time on the balcony during the day she installed a fabric canopy with a high UPF rating overhead.

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    Turn Your City Balcony into a Little Urban Jungle

    Indulge your green thumb by turning your balcony into a little urban jungle. This lovely outdoor space spotted on the German blog It's Pretty Nice is covered with beautiful greenery and seasonal flowers. Covering the railing are black flower boxes. A simple bench on the right provides a little storage space. The tiny accent table can also be used as storage when flipped over. On the floor is a black and white outdoor rug.  

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    How to Create a Dog Friendly Balcony

    Got a pup? These tips from BarkPost Stories can turn your untapped balcony into a slice of doggy paradise. A white picket fence, an adorable doghouse, some synthetic grass, and of course a couple of planters filled with African Daisies created the perfect pint-size dog park for one lucky canine. You can see the building plans here.

     

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    Spruce Up Your Balcony With Inexpensive Outdoor Flooring

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    Oliv Home via Instagram

    This bohemian-inspired balcony shared on Oliv Home's Instagram features a budget friend furniture hack. A thick duvet on top of a DIY wood frame becomes an outdoor sofa. Hanging from the ceiling are string lights and a bamboo wind chime. A chunky woven rug adds another layer of comfort. A roll of cheap reed fencing creates privacy. A potted plant on the window sill adds a dose of greenery.

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    Build This Multifunctional Piece of Balcony Furniture

    Handy do-it-yourselfers with basic carpentry skills can build this spectacular piece of multifunctional balcony furniture by Ryan Phyper from the YouTube channel, Shape and Explore. The ingenious design combines plenty of seating space with both bench and vertical storage. The vertical lattice structure provides shelving space suited for small objects and plants. The handcrafted crates under the built-in bench can be used to stash stuff or as additional seats or tables. We also appreciate the soft, fake turf covering the cement floor.

     

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    Layer Small Outdoor Rugs

    Layered Rugs on Small Balcony
    Christine Cambring via Instagram

    Interior designer Christine Cambring recently shared her 'grammable small balcony. What caught our eye are the layered rugs. The idea is a great way to add visual interest to a dull outdoor floor without splurging. We also heart how she spiced up her outdoor sofa with textured throws and patterned pillows typically used indoors. If you borrow her idea, just remember to bring any fabrics not rated for outdoor use inside before inclement weather strikes.

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    Colorful and Classic Bistro Set

    Classic bistro set on balcony
    Sapriccion via Instagram

    We adore classic bistro furniture like this turquoise example shared by Instagram user Sapriccion. Sets like these are foldable, which makes them easy to store. Even better, sites like Amazon, Wayfair, and Target sell them in a broad range of vibrate colors for around $100 or less.

     

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    Cover an Ugly Balcony Floor With Beautiful Floor Tiles

    If you are looking for a permanent way to cover up an unattractive balcony floor, consider tile suited for outdoor use. Marrakech Design based in Sweden gave a client's outdoor space a chic new look with beautiful Moroccan tiles.

     

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    How to Paint a Concrete Floor

    Did you know that you could paint concrete? DIY blogger Sarah Camille faked the look of expensive tile by using paint and a stencil to makeover her enclosed balcony's slab-like floor. The beautiful stencil patterned she picked is called Outdoor Floral Lattice by ArtMinds.

     

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    Scandinavian Balcony With Rattan Furniture

    Gorgeous rattan furniture and pretty plants give this Scandinavian balcony spotted on Alvhem a relaxing and chic vibe. The small tabletop grill on the right is the perfect size for the pint-size space. 

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    Put a Kiddie Pool on Your Balcony

    We truly believe that people should personalize their living spaces with things they will love using. Our favorite example is the kiddie pool that photographer Sarah Ackerman added to her NYC balcony. It's an inexpensive idea that boosted her home enjoyment. 

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    Go With Durable Outdoor Furniture

    If you live in a small apartment or house, chances are you do not have room to store balcony furniture during the fall and winter months. The good news is, some types of outdoor furniture can stay outside all year round. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for weatherproof pieces:

    Wood: Furniture made of teak, cedar, or redwood is naturally rot resistant. Treating items made from these materials with waterproof sealer will enhance their weather-resistant powers. 

    Synthetic wicker: Items like these are typically weatherproof polypropylene (a type of plastic) that stands up to moisture and extreme temperatures.

    Furniture covers: When you are not using your balcony, water repellent covers will help to protect your outdoor furniture year round.