For most people living in apartments, private outdoor space is a luxury. If you have a balcony then you are lucky enough. But you must make the most of it. You can make it a haven for your friends and family. However, you need more than a chair and table. A balcony has plenty of design potential even if it is small. Here are some balcony ideas to transform your outdoor space.

  1. Change the look with a café table and chair

To enjoy your morning coffee on your balcony all you need is a table and a chair. If it is a really small balcony then choose a folding chair so that you can keep it aside after use.

  1. Built-In Seating to save space

With built-in bench seating you can maximize your square footage. If the balcony is windy this way you can save your furniture from getting knocked off too.

  1. Bring in Greenery

To create the feel of that backyard fill your balcony with planters filled with lush plants. To make your balcony smell as good as it looks don’t forget to plant some herbs.

  1. Opt for Floor Pillows

If you are renting there is no need to buy furniture. Instead get some comfortable and colourful floor pillows that can also be used inside.

  1. Use an Outdoor Rug for some pattern

With a patterned runner or rug you can rev up the look of your balcony. Make sure that the one you choose can withstand the elements.

  1. Use Your Wall Space

To make your balcony feel like an extension of your apartment hang weather-resistant art or planters.

  1. Light It Up

By installing sconces or an outdoor pendant you can have plenty of light for late-night hangouts. If it is a rented apartment go for outdoor lanterns or string lights.

  1. Hang a Chair or Hammock

Make your balcony look like you are on a vacation by hanging a hammock or a hanging chair.

  1. Opt for Folding Furniture

Try installing furniture that can be folded away or tucked in when not in use if you’re short on space.

  1. Design a Spot for Cocktails

Create a space to relax by using low chairs and a coffee table. To create extra spacing add a pouf or two.

  1. Surround Yourself with Flowers

There’s always space for flowers even in a small balcony. To sweeten your view, install planters along the balcony railing.

  1. Add a Spot to Recline

An outdoor lounge chair or daybed is all you need to transform your balcony into a restful retreat. To make it look extra comfy add some outdoor pillows.

  1. Give Yourself Some Privacy

If you need more privacy, create a natural wall by adding tall plants like bamboo. Bamboo shades are also a good option as they can be lowered and raised as needed.

  1. Add Some Shade

With a retractable awning you can enjoy your balcony in any weather. To make your balcony stand out opt for a bold color or go for a classic stripe.