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Small Balcony Ideas

Lux Modern
Lux Modern
Prime Realty
Maddox Photography
Small trendy wood railing balcony container garden photo in Los Angeles with a pergola
Upper East Side Pied-à-terre
Upper East Side Pied-à-terre
Studio DLG
Balcony - small eclectic apartment and glass railing balcony idea in New York
Efficient, ADU-focused Townhome in Bend
Efficient, ADU-focused Townhome in Bend
Riverbend Building LLC
Owner's unit balcony/entry.
Example of a small arts and crafts apartment and metal railing balcony design in Other with a roof extension
Central Park West
Central Park West
Jeffrey Erb
Jeffrey Erb
Inspiration for a small timeless balcony remodel in New York with no cover
Apartment, White Plains
Apartment, White Plains
Luminosus Designs LLC
Tom Sibley
Example of a small transitional metal railing balcony container garden design in New York with a roof extension
Venetian Causeway
Venetian Causeway
DESIGN SOLUTIONS
Barry Grossman
Small trendy balcony photo in Miami
Penthouse at The Edition
Penthouse at The Edition
Viv & Leone
Inspiration for a small contemporary glass railing vertical balcony garden remodel in San Diego with a roof extension
7000 Island | Williams Island | Aventura, Florida
7000 Island | Williams Island | Aventura, Florida
Guimar Urbina Interiors, Corp.
Emilio Collavino
Balcony - small contemporary balcony idea in Miami
NYC Outdoor Spaces by Designed to Appeal
NYC Outdoor Spaces by Designed to Appeal
Designed To Appeal
Example of a small trendy balcony design in New York with a roof extension
Beach Mediterranean
Beach Mediterranean
Buchmann Design
Manolo Langis
Inspiration for a small mediterranean balcony remodel in Los Angeles with no cover
Rustic Cottage by Sisson Dupont and Carder
Rustic Cottage by Sisson Dupont and Carder
cdupont
Balcony and stair way in charming cottage. All materials by Sisson Dupont and Carder, www.sdclogandtimber.com. Ship lap, tongue and groove, custom wood flooring.
Harpers Ferry, Arts & Crafts, Shenandoah Riverfront Home
Harpers Ferry, Arts & Crafts, Shenandoah Riverfront Home
Fine Line Home Design LLC
Inspiration for a small transitional balcony remodel in DC Metro with no cover
McCue Road
McCue Road
Chic Home Style, C.I.D.
Savannah Montgomery - photographer balcony makeover sponsored by Home Depot
Inspiration for a small balcony remodel in Houston
Ballard 58th
Ballard 58th
Click Architects
Dan Achatz
Example of a small minimalist balcony design in Seattle with a roof extension
Marina Palms
Marina Palms
Cynthia Kriz Design
Inspiration for a small modern glass railing balcony remodel in Miami with a roof extension
Sample Pictures
Sample Pictures
Chapala Iron
P.Davis
Balcony - small mediterranean balcony idea in Los Angeles
Mesa
Mesa
Total Construction Solutions
Custom built balcony built into a dormer with Azek Pavers.
Example of a small classic metal railing balcony design in Denver with a roof extension
McCue Road
McCue Road
Chic Home Style, C.I.D.
Savannah Montgomery - photographer Balcony Makeover sponsored by Home Depot
Small balcony photo in Houston
Rincon Residence 01
Rincon Residence 01
TRG Architects PSC
Master Suite overhang balcony, looking towards Mona Chanel & Desecheo Island Concrete, Durock, aluminum, stainless steel, glass, marble Photo by TRG staff

Small balconies are commonly found in city settings where space is limited and outdoor living comes at a premium. While it’s easy to ignore this often cramped space, it pays big time to unlock the potential of your tiny balcony. You don’t need a ton of space to move around, just enough to maneuver your way to whatever cozy setup you’ve got going on. With a little bit of effort (or a lot if you want something elaborate) you can turn your small balcony ideas into a reality, whether that’s a place to relax and take in the view or party with company.

Fit in Some Furniture

Regardless of how small your balcony may be, there’s always room for a little bit of furniture — even one piece! Decide on how you want to use your space first, then choose an item or two that’s essential to making that dream a reality. Consider the following options to furnish your compact balcony:

  • Table and chairs: A simple bistro set is ideal for sharing an al fresco meal. Look for a folding set so you can stash them to the side as needed.
  • Swing chair or hammock: If lounging is your aim, find one quality hammock or swing chair that fits your balcony and make it the shining star.
  • Over-the-railing table: To squeeze in a dining solution, try adding a bartop over your railing. It only needs to fit the width of a plate to be functional, and you can add folding bar stools to complete the scene.
  • Bench seat: For seating that can double as storage, try a bench seat that lifts up or slides out to house extra supplies. Something built-in, or even a deck box with cushions, would do the trick.
  • Cushions and pillows: While these may not feel like typical furniture, in a small footprint they can have a big impact. Try large floor pillows and outdoor cushions to create a cozy nook.
  • Grill: Most small balcony ideas don’t include a grill, but if that’s a priority for you, find a compact one that you will get your money’s worth from. If it can be tucked in the corner when not in use, even better.

You will want to make sure the outdoor furniture you’re using is fairly lightweight — avoid heavy stone and concrete pieces, however tempting their look may be. Wicker, rattan, wood and light metals are all great small balcony furniture options.

Do it Up with Decor

Once you’ve decided on one or more staple pieces of furniture, it’s time to make it all come to life with the perfect small balcony decor. As with most compact rooms, try to pick things that are both stylish and functional to maximize their impact.

  • Rug or tiles: You might have less-than-desirable flooring on your balcony, in which case a proper outdoor rug or removable deck tiles are great options, especially for renters. You’ll get an updated look without the commitment or price tag of something more permanent.
  • Greenery: Plants and flowers will serve multiple purposes; they not only look good but can help lessen noise and pollution as well. Ledges and railings make for excellent planter and pot holders, and don’t forget those tiny, lonely corners of your balcony! Even if you use faux greenery, the visual effect can be just as stunning.
  • Wall decor: Speaking of greenery, it makes for excellent wall decor. Consider a vertical planter to spruce up the walls, or some outdoor-friendly artwork to set the right vibe.
  • Lighting: String lights mounted to the railings or walls will take up minimal space — you can even make a privacy screen double as a lighted feature! A ceiling fixture is a nice touch as well, just make sure you won’t be constantly bumping into it.
  • Privacy: If you own your home and have the opportunity to update your railings, go for something visually minimal that allows for optimal views. Alternatively, if you want to block less-than-desirable views, opt for a privacy screen of some sort (fabric, live or faux bamboo or decorative wooden panels).
  • Shade: Protect yourself and your new furniture and decor with a shade structure. This could be an awning, shade sail, curtains or even an umbrella. Make sure it’s something you are visually fond of!
  • Fire: Flames have a certain allure that is so appealing for outdoor spaces. If you’re drawn to fire, look for a small tabletop fireplace or a fire table that can double as a coffee table when not in use.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a small balcony renovation or are building a designer balcony from scratch, Houzz has 2,075 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Cynthia Kriz Design and Oxygène Landscape Design & Build. Look through balcony pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a small balcony design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small balcony photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.