Having a small patio or balcony restricts your options for lounging, gardening, or any other activity that you might enjoy. What about those who only have a window ledge to work with? We’ve got solutions for everyone.
The first thing you want to do is decide on what you want to use the space for. Do you want a place to relax and read? Are you planning on growing vegetables? Figure out what your primary goal for the space is and work around that.
When working with small spaces we have to start thinking vertically. We tend to look at floor space to determine what we can fit in a room. A tight balcony or patio won’t allow much. Instead, think creatively about how you can use the vertical space by stacking items or hanging them.
Next you want to consider versatility. If you’re using the space for your garden, you likely won’t be moving the plants around very often. However, if you want to add a couple of chairs, or even a small table — you can make your space more versatile by using furniture that folds or collapses easily.
It’s all about creativity. There are no rules to designing your outdoor space. Figure out what works for you. With that in mind, here are some ideas to get you headed in the right direction.
The Cramped Patio
The best-case scenario here is that you at least have some patio space to take full advantage of. Even if it’s limited, you still have a ton of options to play with.
Patios allow you to create an outdoor dining area, lounge, garden, pet area, and much more. A table like this is great for dining on a small patio, because it seats four but doesn’t take up too much space. Coffee tables work well on patios because they are convenient for lounging with a cocktail and functional for casual dining.
The Petite Balcony
Balconies are restrictive to how you can use the space, but we can work around that. Most people use their balcony as a sitting area and/or a garden. This is where you really have to start thinking vertically.
A small table like this is perfect for balconies. The wall panel has shelf space for plants and allows you to hang lights or decorations. The table itself is big enough for two people to eat and the chairs fold up to be placed aside if the space is extremely narrow.
The Window Ledge
The best solution for a window ledge is a window box. You may not be able to step outside, but you can still have a little garden to tend to. In addition to their functionality, window boxes add a charming touch to your view and a pleasant aroma, depending on what you’re growing. Herbs such as chives,tarragon, parsley, rosemary, mint, sage, basil, thyme and oregano all grow well in window boxes.