The apartment lifestyle is ideal for many people, allowing them to live in close proximity to work, the happenings in a big city, and public transportation, among other benefits. But like all things in life, living in an apartment has both pros and cons. If you found a fabulous apartment but it happens to come with a rather small balcony, that doesn’t mean you need to give up on the idea of enjoying outdoor space in your new digs. These tips will help you create an exceptional outdoor living environment with limited space.
Spruce Up Your Balcony Flooring
The typical apartment has a balcony with a drab concrete floor — or perhaps worse, something like that awful green outdoor carpet, or what they call a “turf rug.” (There’s a time and a place for turf rug, and your new balcony isn’t it.) The good news is that it doesn’t cost that much to add some more appealing flooring, whether you opt for a different type of outdoor carpet (such as this decorative indoor/outdoor option with Moroccan print) or some composite deck tiles. Neither option is permanent, so you won’t risk angering your landlord, but you can give your balcony a better look while you’re living there.
Liven Things Up with Plants
Nothing makes an outdoor space feel more in tune with nature than plant life. You’re not excluded from having colorful flowers and plants just because your balcony is many stories off the ground; there are many bright flowers that can fare well in this type of environment. Add plants of varying height to make the space seem larger, and use planting boxes to avoid taking up valuable floor space.
Add Some Outdoor String Lights to Brighten the Mood
Lights are the perfect way to add character to a space, and using string lights makes it possible on a small balcony without sacrificing needed square footage. You can string outdoor lights up on the rail or along the ceiling, and there are plenty of options to suit your style, from globes to lanterns, stars, and more.
Select the Right Barbecue Grill
You don’t have to give up the backyard barbecue when you live in an apartment, either. While you may not have a backyard, many apartments allow residents to have gas or electric barbecue grills on their balcony spaces. Space, of course, is your first consideration when selecting a gas barbecue grill for a small balcony or patio. Choose a grill that doesn’t take up much space but still offers the essential features you need and can cook a reasonable amount of food. Few things will make you feel more at home in your new apartment than the aroma of dinner sizzling on the grill.
Don’t Forget the Seating
Seating is often a big issue for small balconies, but a little creativity can make even the smallest spaces feel cozy and comfortable. A small bistro set, a few stylish chairs, a hammock, or unique bench seating made from pallets and some plush cushions are all options that can make your balcony feel complete. To decide what type of seating is best, think about how you’ll spend your time in your outdoor space. If you like to drink your morning coffee with a friend or family member, a bistro set works well. Or, if you’re looking for a comfortable but solitary space for reading or reflecting, cozy bench-style seating or a hammock may be just what you need.
Your balcony may not be the most important feature of your new apartment, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t maximize your outdoor space. Whether you like to spend some time soaking up the afternoon sun or want a cozy space that serves as an escape when you need some solitude, even the tiniest balcony can become your personal paradise.