Apartment balconies give you more living space and an area for outdoor entertainment and relaxation. Unfortunately, they are often underutilized space. With just a bit of TLC and adding a few elements, you can transform your balcony into your favorite hangout spot.
1. Keep It Simple
When it comes to small spaces, minimalism goes a long way. Focus on adding a single key element, such as a loveseat or bistro set to add utility to your balcony. Feel free to add a few other coordinating items and plants to liven it up even more. But, if you want to avoid your balcony from looking cluttered, keep your other decor simple.
2. Easy Privacy
We can’t be the only ones who think the worst part of having a balcony is the lack of privacy. Luckily there are plenty of solutions. You could take the time to build a privacy wall, but this is a semi-permanent solution. A more flexible option is to invest in a simple privacy screen that can move with you. If you have a green thumb, you can opt for a wall of stacked or tall plants for a more natural look. If you need something even less permanent, a beautiful room divider will do the trick; just make sure to keep it indoors when not used to protect it from the elements.
3. Fabulous Flooring
Let’s face it, the floors of most apartment balconies are dull slabs of concrete. Change your balcony floor from drab to fab with the simple addition of an area rug in a bold design, or uplevel it with interlocking deck tiles that transform it into a wooden deck. Deck tiles easily lock together to cover your entire floor and can easily be dismantled. Meanwhile, an area rug in a natural fiber can add a touch of character without cluttering the space.
4. Create an Ambiance
Who wouldn’t want to sip a cocktail and relax after a long day’s work when you’ve got a soft, romantic vibe on your balcony? Skip the harsh overhead light on your balcony and instead opt for strings of lights to create a mood. Opt for the more industrial look with filament bulbs or a softer look with traditional strings of lights. Either way, they’ll add character to your balcony at all times of the day. If you want a more artistic vibe, add a neon sign as wall art or install a color-changing LED light strip so you can adjust the color depending on your mood.
5. Go Vertical
When you look at square footage, balconies are notoriously small. Don’t despair though! You can maximize your space by going vertical. Taking advantage of your wall space instantly boosts your balcony’s functionality. Start an herb garden on a tiered plant stand or as a verticle garden. Even the simple addition of shelves or wall slats can help you move items off the floor, automatically giving you more space.
6. Let Plants Rule
Adding plants to your balcony offers more than just a pop of color to your space. Surrounding yourself with plants can help you relax, reduce anxiety levels, and even improve your memory, given that you have a green thumb and remember to water them. Your balcony is the perfect spot to start or expand your gardening. Whether you choose green plants with air-purifying properties or something more practical like herbs or vegetables, your balcony provides your plants with the fresh air and sunlight that they need to thrive so you can too.
7. Pops of Color
We love a good splash of color, and the balcony is a perfect spot to express yourself. While adding plants can provide a pop of color to your space, there are plenty of other ways to liven up your outdoor living space. Keep it relatively neutral by sticking to greens or add some cheer with bright patterns, a brightly colored piece of furniture, or bold and funky planters.
8. Hang a Swing
When it comes to enjoying your balcony, you’re not locked in to the typical bistro set, chairs with a side table, or loveseat. Have fun with your space by hanging a swing or hammock on your balcony for maximum comfort. If your apartment building has restrictions about hanging things from the ceiling, look at getting a free-standing swing that gives you the swinging feeling without the drilling.
9. Use a Daybed
When transforming your balcony into the perfect space to relax, versatile seating options can help you make the most of your space. Rather than locking yourself into seating for one or two people, consider choosing a daybed or chaise lounge instead. This gives you additional seating and space to lie down and unwind, taking full advantage of the warm summer days.
10. Fold It Up
If your balcony is crunched for space, consider purchasing furniture designed to save space, such as folding chairs and nesting tables. With all the different designs available, you can make your space stylish and functional without looking like a campsite. Just be mindful of the look you are going for and the functionality of each piece when shopping.
There’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy your outdoor space. Check out our selection of outdoor furniture available on AptDeco to start transforming your balcony into an outdoor oasis that will be the envy of all your friends and neighbors. And don’t forget, shopping secondhand furniture is always a great way to go!