11 Landlord-Approved Hacks to Make Your Tiny Balcony Feel Like an Oasis
Having your own private outdoor area at home is incredibly valuable – especially nowadays. If you've got it – use it! Whether you're blessed with a huge yard or a mere metre-squared balcony, it's worth making the effort to make it a space you want to spend time in.
It's not difficult to make the most of a large backyard, but if you're one of the many city-dwelling renters living without the luxury of ample outdoor space, these décor hacks will help to personalise and optimise even the smallest of balconies.
Get inspired by these landlord-approved hacks that will make your tiny balcony feel like an oasis. Soon, it'll be your new favourite room to hang out in.
Protect yourself from the sun and the rain by installing an awning, or simply fixing a piece of weather-resistant fabric to corner pillars on the balcony's front. You'll instantly feel cosier and more at home.
As previously discussed, we're big proponents of letting a little colour into your home décor. Find oversized floor cushions or outdoor furniture in bright colours to make your balcony pop.
Chairs take up space – opt for a bench instead. You're bound to find plenty of viable options at second-hand stores or on your online marketplace of choice. Oversized cushions (with washable covers) are another fine option for outdoor seating.
Cover the untreated concrete floor of your balcony with outdoor floor tiles. Everyone's favourite Swedish homewares megastore have super simple wooden decking squares that make a huge difference for any outdoor space – and you can take them with you when you upgrade to your next apartment.
Plants. The answer to many of life's home décor problems is often plants. Look for varieties that will do well on your balcony specifically, depending on how much sun they need. If you're really short on floor space, hang a planter.
Leafy greens are always a good idea, but don't sleep on bright and beautiful blooms. Frangipani, lavender, and geraniums are all good options for balcony living.
Planting your own herb garden is a way to tether yourself to your home, and utilising the space on your balcony means your kitchen will be free of the associated mess. The hardiest herbs to plant include oregano, rosemary, and thyme, whereas basil, dill, and coriander require more attention.
Whether you're settling in for a lovely meal or some time with a good book, lighting a scented candle or burning some incense will make the experience more luxurious and special.
If your balcony is more exposed than you'd like, look into installing some barriers to make the space more private. There are plenty of options, from malleable bamboo fencing to artificial leaf roll – or a fully grown plant.
Fairy lights aren't just for December – hang some on your balcony for an instant mood boost. If you're not a fan, larger bulbs will create a more retro feeling. Whatever you choose, a bit of mood lighting as the sun goes down will make your balcony time more magical.
Get yourself a sturdy but small table and make it a point to eat breakfast or drink your morning coffee on the balcony. By taking your meals on your new and improved balcony, you'll give yourself time away from screens to reflect on the world around you – or just appreciate the delicious dish you've made yourself.