Hey urban dweller, if your tiny apartment balcony feels more like a curse than an amenity, listen up. In many cities, even a modest terrace is considered a luxury. So what if yours is a small, blank, concrete slab with not-so-great views. With a little creative thinking, you can transform your bitsy balcony into an irresistible summer retreat.
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Decorate With Patterns and Textures
If you want your balcony to feel as luxurious as an indoor room, pile on the textiles. Layering cushy elements made of outdoor fabrics, like patterned rugs and plush cushions, will make your balcony super comfortable. This outdoor space uses a mix of bold patterns and textures to create a tiny bohemian paradise.
For the most bang for your bucks, look for pieces that add function and beauty. For example, a set of linen curtains (shown here) is a protective element that also looks lovely.
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Add a Lounge Chair
When working with long, skinny balconies finding furniture that fits well can be a bit of a challenge. Adding in a lounge chair is an ideal solution—allowing a place to sit that relax that works well within the parameter of smaller balconies. Adding some comfy pillows and a throw creates a simple and cozy relaxation space.
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Make Room to Dine Al Fresco
When there just isn't quite enough room for a table, you still have options to work with. Whether you buy a premade option that hangs over your railing or go the DIY route like Making Wood Dust did and create something custom, the results are hard to beat. Simply add a few stools or chairs, and you have a gorgeous place to eat outdoors or a place to work when you want to switch up your work-from-home routine.
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Add a Plant Shelf
While you may long to add as many plants as possible to your space, the lingering question remains: where to put them all? If you have available vertical space, try using a shelf to hold a few smaller plants. This can work incredibly well for plants that like to grow down walls, like pothos or string of pearls, so they can be on full display without being pushed into a corner.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Light Things Up
If you are hoping to enjoy your balcony in the late evenings and into the night, then you definitely should opt to include lighting of some kind. We're partial to these cute string light bulbs that create a luminescent atmosphere—they're both aesthetically pleasing and cast a soft glow that isn't too harsh. You can also opt for well-placed candles and classic-style lanterns if you prefer a different approach.
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Use Curtains for Privacy
Don't let a so-so view or your neighbor's prying eyes stop you from enjoying your precious outdoor space. Inexpensive curtains can add drama and privacy to a tiny balcony. You can Hang the curtain higher from a frame or overhang or can simply drape them over the railing, shown here, to allow yourself to see a view but still maintain some privacy.
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Include a Hammock
When it comes to summer napping, what could be better than snoozing in a hammock? We think Xenia Dracia agrees with us—this gorgeous setup of a white hammock, throw pillow, and a good book makes us want to spend the day relaxing in this lovely retreat.
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Conceal a Concrete Slab With Deck Tiles
You can hide an unattractive balcony floor using interlocking deck tiles. It's a rental-friendly flooring solution that's easy to install and a cinch to disassemble. You can find tiles like these at home improvement stores like IKEA, Home Depot, and Lowe's.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Add Pops of Color
There's no need to stick with neutral colors to create an inviting atmosphere. Adding pops of color can turn a drab balcony into something vibrant and inviting. We love this sunny yellow bench (and hot pink accent table) that are undoubtedly eye-catching and make the balcony feel one of a kind.
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Include Wind and Sun Protection
Spending time outside feels great on a glorious sunny day—until you get too much of a good thing. Items that protect you from the elements will make staying outside more comfortable. For example, an outdoor umbrella or canopy will shelter you from harsh rays—or you can even set up a white tent for a unique approach. Add a few pillows and a place to lay back, and you're ready for an afternoon in the fresh air without the fear of harsh rays.
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Keep Things Grounded
While furniture is a nice touch, it isn't always necessary—or at least not all of it. Rather than adding a couch or chairs, try using cushions, rugs, and throw pillows to create a comfy seating area instead (just ensure they are made of weather-resistant fabrics!). A minimalist approach that helps keep things grounded? Sign us up.
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Go Wild With Plants
Don't be afraid to add plenty of lush plant life to your balcony. Going for a wide range of different types, sizes, and arrangements can make the space feel like a private wilderness that only you have access to. Don't have the greenest thumb? Don't worry; there are plenty of durable and hard-to-kill options that will feel right at home with you.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Work in Flower Boxes and Bouquets
If you don't have room to keep a ton of plants, keep in mind that you can always put your railing to good use. Mounting flower boxes on the top rail can allow you to cultivate gorgeous flowers and save space doing it. You can also add small bouquets of florals in cute vases and decor items to add freshness without too much hassle.
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Create a Custom Built-In Bed
If your space is exclusively a place you come to retreat from the rest of the world, then it only makes sense to make it as cozy as possible. Adding in a custom-fit bed—with mattresses, sheets, and everything—is an ideal setup to create a tranquil atmosphere that you will never want to leave.
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Invest in Folding Furniture
We're in love with Tanja Sovulj's balcony—all the little touches work so well together. Particularly, the folding table stands out, with its ability to function as a small table when needed, then easily stored away when not in use. It's the unique features that truly say it all.
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If you want ultimate privacy, try installing a privacy fence made out of wicker or even bamboo. You can find the materials at certain home improvement stores to create what you need. Propping it up and securing it against your railing ensures no one else will bother you, and you can fully enjoy your solitude.Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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Include Hanging Plants
If you want to combine a love of plants with a desire for seclusion, then hanging plants may just be the ideal option for you. Hanging several in a row from the ceiling can create a lush canopy that shelters you from prying eyes and unwanted looks—and looks good doing it. With the bonus that hanging your plants saves space for the rest of your balcony, it's a win all around.