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8 Small Balcony Ideas To Optimise Your Space

Posted on March 23 2023

Balconies are a valuable addition to any home, offering a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. However, small balconies can often feel cramped and limited in decor and functionality. With a bit of creativity, you can transform your tiny balcony into an aesthetically pleasing and highly functional space. Here are 9 small balcony ideas to help you optimise your space:

1. Gardening

If you're limited in floor space but want to add some greenery to your balcony, then this balcony design idea can be an ideal solution. Vertical gardening is a great outdoor balcony idea that allows you to bring a touch of nature to your small outdoor area by using small pots or even building a vertical garden using wooden pallets. 

Rail or hanging planters are another great way to make the most of your small balcony. Hanging planters can be suspended from the balcony railing or ceiling, freeing up floor space and adding a touch of greenery to your outdoor area. Consider using a variety of plants, such as herbs, flowers or succulents, to add interest and colour to your balcony. You can also opt for wall-mounted planters, which can be mounted directly onto your balcony walls.

2. Invest In Quality Seating

A common feature of many small modern balcony designs is the incorporation of comfortable seating with multiple functions. This means getting seating that can double as storage, freeing up floor space and allowing you to make the most of your balcony. You can also choose a seating option that's foldable or stackable, making it easy to store when not in use.

That being said, it can be difficult to find the right seating solution for your balcony. United House Furniture offers a range of seating that’s made specifically for small balconies or patios, such as the Oceana Hanging Egg Chair or the Indo Vas Stackable patio set. Invest in small outdoor furniture for your balcony that’s just as comfortable and versatile for a power tool-free solution.

3. Multi-functional Furniture

Keeping with the topic of small outdoor furniture for balconies, multi-functional furniture is an excellent way to make the most of your limited space. For example, a coffee table with built-in storage, or a bench with an attached planter, can help you maximise your balcony's potential. 

A great example of this is United House Furniture’s Love Seat — Modular Compact Balcony Setting, which is a minimalist balcony furniture piece that can be transformed from a daybed to a lounge suite to accommodate up to 4 adults. 

4. Privacy Screens

If you're looking for a way to add some privacy to your small balcony, consider using a privacy screen. Privacy screens can be made from various materials, including wood, bamboo or metal, and can be purchased or custom-made to fit your balcony's specific needs. Privacy screens are also used to block the view of neighbouring balconies or unsightly areas, creating a peaceful and secluded outdoor space.

5. Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs are a great way to add style and comfort to your small balcony and accentuate your other balcony furniture ideas. Outdoor rugs are designed to be weather-resistant, making them ideal for use in small outdoor spaces. Consider choosing a rug in a bold, bright colour to add some visual interest.

6. Light Strings

Light strings are an excellent balcony design idea that adds ambience and warmth to your small balcony. You can hang light strings from the balcony railing or ceiling or even attach them to your privacy screen for a magical, fairy-lit feel. Consider using LED lights, which are energy-efficient and long-lasting, for a sustainable and cost-effective lighting solution.

7. Wall Art

Adding some wall art is an easy way to showcase personality and style in any small space. There are many wall art options, including canvas prints, metal wall art and even movie posters which you can easily acquire online or in flea markets. 

8. Use Mirrors

Mirrors can help create the illusion of more space and light on your small balcony. Hang a large mirror on one of the walls or place a few smaller ones around the space. This will reflect the surrounding environment and give the impression of a larger, more open space.

United House Furniture — your small balcony solution

Passionate about providing a range that’s high in quality, unique in design and leading in taste, United House Furniture is proud to offer only the best for purchase online and from our Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney warehouses. 

We’re committed to carefully selecting top-of-the-range materials and styles that provide a timeless appeal and last for many years. This commitment is reflected in our collection of small outdoor furniture for balconies and patios, making it easy for you to shop for the items you need that can elevate your small outdoor space as well as your quality of life. 

Shop our range of small outdoor furniture for balconies today!

At United House Furniture, we have a wide selection of small outdoor furniture for balconies and patios. Whether you're looking for multi-functional furniture that can accommodate guests or hanging chairs that ensure you always have a comfortable place to relax, you'll find something to suit your needs and budget. You may also reach out to our team of experts for help with creating a small modern balcony design that suits your needs and transforms your balcony into a personal oasis!

On top of that, we also offer many payment options, such as Shop Pay, G Pay, Apple Pay and Paypal, fast dispatch on your orders and a 7-day money-back guarantee — all to make your shopping experience easier. To learn more about the United House Furniture difference, browse our catalogue online or visit our showrooms in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.