The Perfect Little Outdoor Retreat: 8 Things Your Small Balcony Needs

The Perfect Little Outdoor Retreat: 8 Things Your Small Balcony Needs

Nancy Mitchell
Aug 7, 2016
(Image credit: Entrance)

Struggling with what to do with your tiny outdoor space? Try adding a few — or all — of these essential elements, that will make even the smallest patio or balcony a perfect summer retreat.

Above: A cozy spot to sit.

Or even better...a hammock!

(Image credit: Bettina Holst)

An outdoor rug can make even the most uninspiring space beautiful and cozy.

Lots and lots of plants. A vertical planter is a great way to achieve maximum greenery in a small space. (Can't hang things on the wall? A simple shelf—one suitable for the outdoors, that is—can do the trick.)

(Image credit: Stylizmo)

A folding table and chairs is a great way to maximize the functionality of your small balcony, but also have plenty of flexibility.

(Image credit: IKEA)

A citrus tree! Provided you have enough sun and are able to cover the tree (or bring it inside) when the temperature dips below freezing, potted citrus will provide you with lots of delicious fruit, and lots of beautiful foliage.

(Image credit: House and Home)

A table to catch drinks and reading material.

(Image credit: Soffa)

A little outdoor lighting, so you can enjoy your space at any time of day.

Want more inspiration for your small outdoor space?

Apartment Therapy supports our readers with carefully chosen product recommendations to improve life at home. You support us through our independently chosen links, many of which earn us a commission.
moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt