Make the most of your apartment balcony in 4 simple steps

Adding some simple touches to your apartment balcony will create a getaway, without having to leave home

4 steps to help you make the most of your apartment balcony
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If you’re lucky enough to have access to an apartment balcony as we settle into self-isolation, it’s the ideal time to work on perfecting your space. With increasing limits on how often we can leave home being put into place, it could soon become a safe haven for getting some time out and fresh air. 

We’re using more of our living space than ever before - maybe your sitting room has become a home-gym, or your dining table a work-from-home desk, but making a few simple changes to your outside space can transform it to a functional part of your home, ideal for date night dining or curling up with a book on your lunch break. We’ve picked some balcony essentials to transform it for your lockdown needs, and everything we’ve selected can be ordered online and delivered straight to your door. 

 1. Liven up your space with plants 

4 steps to help you make the most of your apartment balcony

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When it comes to your home, there is no such thing as too many plants. Big plants, small plants, flowers and hanging baskets - you could even plant some herbs for your own balcony allotment. We think plants look best when they’re mix-and-matched, so get creative with planters and sizes to create a vibrant mini-garden. 

5 Level Ladder Vertical Garden | Was $199.88, now $171.99 at Wayfair
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Vertical gardens are a great way to inject some greenery into a compact space, and this one has a stylish zinc finish and can be easily propped against your balcony wallView Deal

2. Add some comfy seating

4 steps to help you make the most of your apartment balcony

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Sometimes, rickety garden furniture won't do it when you're trying to create a welcoming outdoor space. By making room for a cozy chair you can turn your balcony into a private reading nook or a safe haven to watch the sun set. 

Teardrop Patio Chair with Cushions | Was $519.99, now $404.99 at Wayfair
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This teardrop-shaped patio chair is crafted from wicker and has four legs and built-in water-resistant cushions. View Deal

3. Bring some ambiance with outdoor lighting

4 steps to help you make the most of your apartment balcony

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Transform your balcony from day to night and create an ambient outdoor space with candles and fairy lights. This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make your balcony more appealing, especially as the weather gets warmer in the evenings. 

Outdoor 48 ft. String Light | Was $79.97, now $49.97 at Home Depot
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String lights can be hung on balconies or draped across windowsills to create a warm light, perfect for summer evenings, paired with a big glass of wine. View Deal

4. Create a dining space

4 steps to help you make the most of your apartment balcony

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If you've transformed your dining table into an at-home desk, consider taking mealtimes or your morning coffee outdoors with a dining set. Complete the setup with some candles and fairy lights to create a romantic date-night atmosphere. 

 3-Piece Brown Frame Bistro Patio Set with Blue Cushions | Was $228, now $198 at Lowe's
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We like this patio set because of its sturdy construction and neuatral, versatile design. View Deal