If you have a balcony, you usually do not use it because it is simply too small. Even small balconies can be furnished comfortably. All you need is a few space-saving ideas.
If you live in a rented apartment and do not have a garden, a balcony is a small but nice substitute for it. Unfortunately, most balconies are so small that it is very difficult to relax and enjoy the fresh air. A large balcony on which even the little ones can play is something completely different. But sometimes you just have to be content with what you have.
But who says that a small balcony cannot be cosy? You just can’t deliver him all his things. Saving space is the motto. So you can even create a green oasis on just a few square metres. So all you need is a little creativity. Here are a few ideas on how you can decorate a balcony beautifully and at the same time save space.
How to set up your balcony to save space
❖ Tip 1 – Use folding furniture or furniture with storage space:
If you want to do more than just sit on your balcony and hang up your laundry, for example, then the best thing to do is to sit on a folding table and folding chairs. You can then move the furniture to the side and use the space for the clothes horse.
If you only want to use the balcony for resting and don’t want to constantly clear something away, then choose storage boxes as seating furniture. Simply put a pillow or a pad on top and you kill two birds with one stone. They have created seating furniture and plenty of storage space. Of course, the box must also be weatherproof. So be sure to pay attention to the material when buying. Polyrattan, for example, is the best choice because it is hard-wearing, UV-resistant, weatherproof and has a timeless design. Other materials such as wood and metal, plastic or aluminium, on the other hand, have some disadvantages (source: www.hoftechnik.com).
❖ Tip 2 – Do not place flowers on the ground:
If you have little space on the balcony anyway, do not add flowers to the floor. These are just obstacles or tripping hazards on a small balcony. Plant the flowers in flower boxes or place them on hanging baskets. You can also create a vertical garden. For example, with the help of a Europallet (instructions on www.ndr.de). You can also simply place flower pots on shelves or hang them on hooks or other hanging devices. Plants can also grow on trellises.
❖ Tip 3 – Use sun sails instead of parasols:
You can also catch a sunburn on a balcony. But setting up a parasol on a small balcony is not exactly space-saving. Instead, use awnings that are attached to walls and railings. So they don’t take up any space directly on the balcony.
❖ Tip 4 – Use balcony grill:
If you also want to grill on your balcony, don’t put a real grill there. That would be way too dangerous on a small balcony. Instead, you might prefer to use a so-called balcony grill (seen at www.amazon.de). This is a charcoal grill with ash drawer and height adjustment, which has a holder for the balcony railing. Perfect for those who have little space on the balcony. By the way, the scope of supply also includes a cover so that it does not weather.
If you want to grill on your balcony, you have to follow some rules and regulations. You can find out more about this here.
❖ Tip 5 – Ensure enough light:
Only a few balconies have electricity. But if you want to sit on the balcony in the evening, you need light. Very space-saving are e.g. solar spits for flower boxes or garlands. They don’t take up any space because of it and still provide enough light. So you will surely enjoy the beautiful atmosphere on the balcony a little longer.
❖ Tip 6 – Keep order:
If the balcony is already quite small, then one thing is very important: order. So don’t put the crates of drinks or the garbage on the balcony. Not only does it look messy, it takes up too much space. So it’s better to stow boxes inside and bring the garbage down right away.
I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide. I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.