Transform your balcony into a mini garden oasis
After a long day, we all love to sit outside and wind down.
And no matter how big or small your outdoor space, surrounding yourself with greenery is great for giving your wellbeing a boost. So if you have a balcony, it’s all about maximising the space you have to create your own cosy haven.
Need a little inspiration to get started? Here’s how you can transform your balcony into a picture-perfect oasis…
Create a compact bistro area
Whether you’re sipping your morning coffee or enjoying a vino with friends, your balcony isn’t complete without a spot to sit. Because when the weather’s warm, you’ll want to make the most out of sunny weather and views – it’s what having a balcony is all about!
And while you might not squeeze a family dining table onto your balcony, a compact bistro table is perfect. Small and round, you’d typically associate a bistro table with the streets of Paris. Ooh la la!
With nifty dimensions of 60 x 70cm, the Zuiver Metsu Bistro Table is ideal for balconies. You can simply nestle this table in the corner, and free up plenty of space for relaxing. And with a choice of 4 colours, you can pick a table that suits your style.
Free up space with a storage bench
When you have clever outdoor storage, you free up more space for the things you love. And whether that’s space to test your green fingers or power through your sit-ups, the possibilities are endless…
So with storage to hide away bits like gardening tools, you won’t have any unsightly mess cluttering up your idyllic spot. But while outdoor storage saves you space, there’s also the issue of where to fit your storage in the first place…
That’s where a storage bench comes in.
With a storage bench, you won’t need to play furniture tetris to squeeze storage and a seating area on your balcony. You can sit and relax on the bench, and simply lift the seating unit to store your things. Genius!
Laze away on a hammock
Had a long day? If you want to unwind, a hammock is a perfect spot to lie back and swing your worries away.
And if you’re transforming your balcony into a relaxing haven, a hammock is great for saving space. That’s because you can easily take down and bundle away your hammock whenever you’re not using it. So when it’s time to catch up with your loved ones or start your daily workout, you can stash away your hammock to free up valuable space.
The Rio hammock by Amazonas (below) is by far the comfiest space to hang out. With an optional wooden stand, you can hang up this hammock without any trees – so it’s ideal for balcony use.
Stack your plants up high
If you’ve got green fingers, you’ll want to use your balcony as a space to show off the fruits of your labour. And whether you’ve got a budding herb garden or a host of pretty flowers, there’s no need to use up all your space…
Instead, think vertical. With a plant shelf, you can stack plants up high – without spreading across your precious floor space. So you can enjoy all the positive benefits of being around greenery, without taking over your entire balcony.
Make a soft and cosy seating area
To really relax on your balcony, enjoy soft and padded seating. Because when it’s warm enough to sit outside, what’s stopping you from enjoying all the comfort of a sofa outdoors?
With a cosy seating area, you can really sit back and relax. The B Box by Extreme Lounging (below) is cute, compact, and oh-so-comfortable floodlight Warm-up. Both lightweight and small, you can easily pop one or two boxes on your balcony.
And if you’re short on space, these are ideal for having guests over. Once you’re done, you can easily stack these up or take them back inside – they’re perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.
Or, if you’ve got a little more balcony space to play with, why not unwind on an outdoor sofa?
With the pullout lounge sofa by Norfolk Leisure, you can relax in luxury. With slim dimensions, you can slot this sofa against your balcony wall – and when it’s time to catch the rays or lie back and relax, you can pull out the daybed to really stretch out.
Get cosy with an outdoor rug
Want a high-impact, low-effort way to give your balcony a makeover? With an outdoor rug, you can instantly transform your balcony – and it couldn’t be simpler.
When you lay down an outdoor rug, you create a cohesive area that looks oh-so inviting. Because whether your balcony floor is concrete or wood, it doesn’t exactly give you that cosy feel… But with a soft rug underfoot, you’ll feel right at home on your balcony.
Chill out with calming lighting
Nothing ruins a calm and cosy atmosphere like overly harsh outdoor lighting. When it’s time to chill out on your balcony, you want to feel calm – and fluorescent flood lights don’t exactly make you feel at peace!
So whether it’s atmospheric fairy lights or fire lanterns, make sure you stick to warm and soft bulbs. The Extreme Lounging light (below) gives off the perfect mellow vibe…
Warm up with a sleek outdoor fireplace
There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting by a warm fire, watching the flames dance… But if you have a balcony, you might have thought an outdoor fire was either too big or too risky.
But with a Le Feu fireplace, you can enjoy all the fun of a fire. Sleek and slim, these compact fireplaces can easily nestle onto a balcony. And with bio ethanol gas, there’s no smoke or fire hazards to worry about – these eco-friendly flames are totally risk-free and odourless.
Time to give your balcony a makeover?
No matter how big or small your balcony is, we’ve got all you need to create your very own garden oasis. So whether you’re after a compact seating area, garden accessories, or heating and cooking options, start building your relaxing balcony haven today.