21 Outdoor Small Balcony Ideas to Help You Think Big

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It may seem like there are not many fresh design solutions for a terrace if it’s not a large one, but if you take a look at some outdoor small balcony ideas, you’ll realize you can still do quite a lot with yours — even if you’re pressed for space.

1. Nothing’s Set in Stone: Going Mobile

Buying a folding furniture set is one of the ideas for a small balcony that are pretty obvious — which doesn’t make them any less worthwhile. This way, you set up this area to be very versatile: sit down and have a quiet breakfast, or put the furniture away and bring some house party guests to enjoy the fresh air — there’s space for both!

folding furniture going mobile
Such a quick and easy way to decorate your small outdoor space. Source

2. There Is No Spoon… or Table: Another Idea for Fans of Flexibility

If you don’t want a whole folding set, getting a fold-down table is among the best small narrow balcony ideas: this way, instead of having to squeeze past the table every time you want to sit down, you can just tuck it away when you’re done with your meal or coffee.

fold down table for fans of flexibility
We are great fans of cool outdoor balcony ideas like this one. Source

3. From the Floor Up: DIY Place That Looks Great

When it comes to small balcony ideas on a budget, this one won us over: not only does wooden decking make the space cozy, the stone-filled seams make the design more interesting, proving that you don’t really need a lot of money — just a lot of heart.

diy balcony on a budget
Does somebody want to show off their work? We’re here for it! Source

4. Boxing Day: New Life for Old Crates

Here’s another way to DIY your design. Small balcony ideas often include using pallets or crates (or their parts) repurposed as furniture since they work very well in this setting: they are the right height, easy to decorate, bring a fun rustic vibe into the design — and, last but not least, are quite cheap.

pallets and crates as furniture
A box that checks a lot of boxes. Source

5. Changing Your Stripes: A Lesson in Color Choices

Speaking of ideas for privacy on the balcony, putting a cloth to hide whatever happens in this place might seem like a boring solution. But it’s easily remedied if you choose the right color palette for the cloth. Here, sunny orange and white stripes create a playful mood.

orange and white stripes privacy idea
All that’s missing from this picture is a mimosa. Source

6. A Secret Garden: Beauty and Function Is a Great Combo

If you’re looking for some more outdoor balcony privacy ideas, consider putting in a planter wall like this one:

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Bright flowers and details look amazing among the neutral decor. Source 

You can fill it with as many or as few flower pots as you like — which would serve as a decoration and a way to hide what’s going on in your space

7. Vine, Don’t Whine: Lush Green Space to Make You Feel Wild

In general, planter walls are a winning design feature for outdoor spaces of any size. There are so many plant varieties and their combinations that it’s hard to choose any particular idea — although we really like vines and climbers.

planter wall with vines
Note that the plants reach the ceiling — a surface you by all means shouldn’t forget when considering small space balcony ideas. Source

8. Now for More Original Ideas for Small Balcony: A Bouquet Of… Bamboo

Packing your outdoor terrace choke-full with greenery is a surefire way to make it look nice. But what if you’re looking for more unique plant ideas for small balconies? This one looks very nice in its simplicity:

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This design looks really well-thought-out. Source

The bamboo bundles are strangely reminiscent of columns while simultaneously bringing some fresh greens into the mix.

9. Age Is but a Number: Don’t Be Scared of Mixing the Colors

If you don’t have much square footage — one way to compensate is to use colors! Small space balcony ideas like this kids’ space are great because they don’t require special skills to build or even a lot of furniture. Just put your imagination to work!

childish colorful design balcony
Somebody could call this too obviously childish and inappropriate for adults, but why do the kids get to have all the fun? Source

10. Hang on and Hang Out: A Space with a Royal Seat

In contrast, this idea for a small outdoor balcony design does put a piece of furniture front and center: a hanging chair provides a place to snuggle while going for some fresh air. What a way to transform the whole feel of the place!

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The chair dominates the space like a throne — isn’t this great? Source

11. Nooks and Crannies: Balcony-Turned-Bed

If your terrace is really tiny, you can transform the whole place into a lounging area. A mattress, some pillows, and some plant boxes around the railing — what else would anyone need to kick back and relax?

tiny balcony nook
This place looks like it was always meant to be decorated exactly like that. Source

12. (Not So) Blinding Lights: A Little Detail That Does a Lot

You can put a lot of energy into thinking about how to decorate a small outdoor balcony in your home, but something as simple as the proper lighting is often a necessary touch to bring it all together.

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Even a simple dinner can become romantic with one small move. Source

13. So Many Things to Do: A Cozy Lounge with a Twist

A patio adjacent to your apartment is basically an outdoor terrace, so if you have one — you can apply the same decorating rules to it! One of the ideas for small apartment patios that we like is turning the space into a lounging area with extras: a pizza station and a movie projector.

patio pizza movie balcony
A simple wall is really all you need to watch a movie — but it’s such a great idea! Source

14. It’s Quite Easy Being Green: A Colorful Touch

Even if there isn’t a lot of space in a physical sense — there’s always space for imagination! Putting in a few exciting details goes a long way, as evidenced by ideas for small balcony decoration like this one.

bright pillows on a rail
Bright pillows hanging on a rail instantly draw the eye. Source 

15. Work from Balcony: WFH, but Better

There are many beautiful and functional small balcony office ideas, but we choose this one for its originality. Instead of putting in a classic work desk, the setup features a long table hanging from the railing. There’s enough space on the table — and a way to enjoy the view right from the work chair.

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work from balcony
Doesn’t everyone wish their workstation looked like this? Source

16. Is This Seat Taken: A Railing Bar

You can go even further with the idea of putting tables onto railings: just turn yours into a bar! You can use it for breakfast or spend time over cocktails in the evening there, like a regular outdoor bar, but it’s all yours — to do as you please.

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Additional decor, like this plant and the seat cushions, contributes some nice playful vibes. Source

17. Zoning Committee: Make Parts That Make a Whole

Small long balcony ideas are slightly different than those for the more regularly-shaped spaces. You still have to be mindful of your furniture’s size so that you don’t block the passage, but you can easily create several zones, dividing the space lengthwise.

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Here, a narrow couch and flower-decorated pallet make up one “island,” and the table and chairs set — another one with a different vibe. Source

18. Balance Substance with Style: A Boho Paradise

As far as small balcony patio ideas go, this one is undoubtedly among the more stylish ones. The rug makes the space cozy and matches the covers and pillows on the couch, adding to the boho style. The numerous decorations and the bamboo fence complete the picture.

boho style balcony
A light color palette also helps enlarge the space visually. Source

19. Full of Secrets: Where to Put Your Things When There’s Not Much Space

If you’re a fan of the efficient use of every inch of the available space — you’ll probably love this idea! A long bench also functions as storage — and as you can see, you can fit quite a lot inside. 

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A perfect place for a neat freak. Source

20. Putting “Fun” into “Function”: A Place to Relax (And Do Your Chores)

For those who like creative solutions for making their mundane tasks more fun, this may be a perfect one! Combining an outdoor terrace and laundry room certainly saves some space, still leaving a lot of room for relaxation.

laundry room on a balcony
Note the lid for the sink: when closed, it can easily serve as a countertop. Source

21. The Best of Both Worlds: Bringing the Outdoors into the Apartment

Putting some turf as flooring is one of the most popular ideas for a small apartment balcony: it immediately gets that outdoorsy feeling that apartment dwellers often miss. Here, it’s combined with a brick wall that stands in a nice contrast.

turf and brick balcony
Swinging chairs, trees, large windows — everything helps create this open-air feeling. Source

FAQ

What are some ideas to make a small balcony cozy?

Here are some thoughts on how to decorate a small outdoor balcony so that it has a cozy vibe:

  • Put a rug on the floor
  • Use seat cushions, pillows, and covers
  • Put up some privacy screens
  • Make your lighting soft
  • Put in some plants

What are some ideas on how to turn a small balcony into a garden?

  • Put planter boxes on your floor: you can use as much space as you have!
  • There are many plant ideas for small balconies that utilize the walls (look at the article above for inspiration)
  • You can hang planters from your railing — it’s a great way to use it!

Any ideas for a small balcony sunroom?

  • Consider putting in some plants to provide shade if needed
  • Choose some wicker or light wood chairs for a summer vibe
  • Use light pastel colors so that the place feels bigger
  • Touch the place up with little bright accents and details
  • Prepare the space for your hobbies so that you really want to spend time there

For more tips and tricks, take a look at this video:

To Sum Up

If you don’t have a lot of space — have no fear! As you see, there are truly a lot of outdoor small balcony ideas. If you weren’t convinced before that you could turn yours into a beautiful space. Hopefully, we’ve convinced you now. Good luck in making those ideas come true — and come back when you need more inspiration for other parts of your home!

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