If you’re fortunate enough to have a balcony at your new place, start getting creative. There are a lot of things you can do with the extra space, aside from using it as storage. You don’t need a huge amount of room to pull off a cute decorating scheme; it’s always about how you manage to fit everything in. For the most part, you can think of it as another room in your apartment, just that it’s outdoors.
Dani, a 28-year old painter living in a township by Megaworld at The Fort, turned her balcony into an open-air studio. “Painting in the apartment became a hassle because of the smell and things got messy,” she says. “Then I realized that, hey, I could use the balcony. I set up my easel there and the rest is history. Doing my work outdoors is so much easier since the paint dries faster and I don’t have to deal with too much clean-up afterward.”
Just like Dani, you can find alternative uses for your balcony space. Here are some ideas to get you started.
If you’re one of those people who’d like a garden in the middle of the city but just didn’t think it was possible, think again. Balcony spaces offer plants a lot of exposure to sunlight, making them the ideal place to start a mini vegetable patch. Start off with one or two potted plants to test the conditions. You don’t want to jump right in with a full of array vegetation only to have it all wither away after a few days. Try a wrought iron planter with 2-3 rows where you can line your plants up and add to the collection as you go along. You can also add a couple of comfy couches from where you can watch your plants grow.
Missing a good frolic in the grass? With a little ingenuity, you can turn your balcony into an everyday outdoor excursion. Some hardware stores carry great-looking faux grass rugs you can lay out over your balcony. You’ll want something that covers the entire space, so get the exact dimensions before making any purchases. If fake grass isn’t your style, you can invest in seeding the space with actual grass though this option might be a bit pricy. You can also opt for a huge area rug instead, so you can still lie around when the weather permits.
Some people prefer the background hum of the city to total quiet. If you’re one of them, you might want to turn your balcony into a mini library. Old wood shipping crates will make great bookshelves where you can store all your reading material. Create ample lighting with multiple strings of Christmas lights hung overhead or bring your good ‘ol reading lamp outdoors. Add a lot of cushions and a chair or two for when your friends come over. You can have some coffee and conversation in between discussing the plot of your latest bookstore acquisition.
When hosting a party, space is a big consideration. Adding your balcony to the mix can help keep your guests comfortable and minimize the clean-up after. Set up the drinks table outside to avoid spills in the living room and elsewhere indoors. This space is also the best place to set up your sound system. Having it outside will decrease the volume build-up inside, and the neighbors probably won’t be knocking as often.
Arts & Crafts Area
When you start cutting, sewing, and getting busy with your hands, things tend to get disorganized. It’s better to keep that separate from the rest of your apartment. Turn your balcony into your very own creative space. Set up a clear work area like a sturdy wooden table or spread durable matting all over the floor where you can sit and do your stuff. Once you’re done, you can even hang your finished work up on the walls and create a mini gallery you can show off to family and friends.
Feel free to build on these concepts and create your own unique balcony set-up. There are more things you can do to make your condo life more enjoyable.
Do you have other creative ideas for your balcony? Comment with how else you can take advantage of your condo balcony!