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4 Ways to Give Your Balcony an Upgrade

Make use of these simple ideas to make a comfortable hideout out of your compact balcony

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Balconies are great places to hang out when you want to curl up with a good book, unwind after a long day at work, or bond with friends. But it’s not that easy to set up a comfortable nook when there’s so little space. Don’t let this stop you. You don’t need fancy outdoor furniture to create the cool hangout that you want. All you need is just a little imagination and these easy tricks.

Main photo and thumbnail image from decoist.com and dekorasyonbilgileri.blogspot.com.

Add box seating instead of chairs.

Single chairs might be a little more comfortable but you’ll save a lot more space if you use box seating. You can even do this step all on your own. Just build a wooden box that would fit into a corner, add a cushion on top, decorate with throws pillows, and you’ve got a charming place to sit and entertain friends. You’ll be able to accommodate more people, too!

Photo from dekorasyonbilgileri.blogspot.com.

Use a hanging table.

Cleverly enough, there’s already a table solution for small balconies. Hanging tables hook itself across your balcony ledge to give you table area for drinks, food, and just about anything. This is great because it saves a lot of floor space and you can store it away if you don’t need it. If you’re handy with a tool belt, you might even be able to build and install this yourself.

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Accessorize with plants and lighting.

To make your balcony space more inviting and relaxing, add greenery and nice lighting. Small potted plants or flower boxes are great for spaces like these.

Make sure you don’t forget to water them; you don’t want dead plants all over your space when your friends come over. As for lighting, cute lanterns or even just candles would do the trick. If you want something romantic, hang twinkle lights from the ceiling.

Photo from decoist.com.

Install fake grass or wooden tiles.

This is optional but it really makes all the difference in your balcony’s overall look. Especially if the floor is completely concrete and if your apartment is in the middle of a bustling city, this makes it feel more comfortable, natural, breezy, and soothing. Just like adding plants, putting in “natural” elements makes it more relaxing.

Photo by Marmarko via imgur.

Make use of hanging clothes rack.

If you use your balcony to dry your laundry, you can install retractable drying racks that hang off your walls. This way you can store them away whenever they’re not in use and simple open them up when you need to dry off a load of wet clothes.

Photo from Pinterest.

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