Over the cold winter, your balcony may have been neglected and left to fend off the snow and ice alone. But now that spring is here and the sun is shining once again, it’s time to give your balcony a much-deserved upgrade.
As the weather warms up, you’ll most likely want to spend more time enjoying the fresh air, so it’s important to create a space you can relax in on your balcony. This means getting rid of the clutter and transforming your balcony into a slice of paradise. Here are 6 easy tips.
Clean and Repurpose
First things first, you’ll probably need to clean up your balcony after winter has had its way with it. Often, balconies become a space to store all kinds of stuff over winter, from bicycles to car tires, and this all takes space. Declutter it completely and give everything a good cleaning by scrubbing the floor and walls and removing any old trash.
With a blank canvas to work with, you can now beautify your balcony in any way you see fit. If you still need to store things on it, think about how you can make the most of the space. For example, a bicycle can be hung from the wall or railings, while perhaps winter car tires can be transformed into summer seating.
The balcony is a great place to flex your green fingers and can be used to grow anything from vegetables to flowers or even small trees and shrubs if space allows. Whatever you wish to grow, take the time to ensure you make the most of your space and also have room for everything once it’s in full bloom.
If you want to grow vegetables and other plants from seedlings, be sure to do it in time, and work out how much space they will need as they reach maturity. Make sure you have the space and surfaces free so that your entire balcony won’t become an unkempt jungle within a few months.
If space is an issue when it comes to growing plants, make use of your vertical space. A living wall or vertical garden isn’t just a great space saver, it looks amazing too. They’re easy to build and maintain, and can add a splash of color to your balcony, or keep you stocked up on fresh herbs.
One solution would be to go vertical, using shipping pallets to build colourful planters. Hanging baskets are another great space saver, and can create a cascade of color. You can even use baskets to grow tomatoes if you’re blessed with enough sunshine.
Make it Yours
Your balcony doesn’t have to become a garden, and if you don’t have a green thumb, there’s a lot more you can do with that space. Personalizing your balcony is a lot easier and quicker than it seems, and it can really make your balcony stand out, especially in a condo.
One quick and easy trick is to transform your boring old railings into something beautiful. Paint them, or decorate with reeds, plants or wooden planks to create something different. Treat your balcony walls like any other inside the house by hanging prints or other decorations on them, ensuring that your balcony is truly an extension of the rest of your home.
Create a Cozy Spot
Now that you’ve got it looking great, it’s time to enjoy! Create a truly cozy spot by adding outdoor furniture such as a bench and table or even a lounger. A small grill is another great addition and can be perfect for those comfy evenings with friends or family.
Use outdoor lighting to ensure a relaxed atmosphere even after the sun goes down. Bulb rope lights are easy to install and look fantastic.
Put it to Work
You can also make the most of your balcony by putting it to work. Why not turn it into a laundry area? Try moving your washing machine and dryer onto the balcony and stringing a clothesline or hanger. Appliances can be protected by building a waterproof cabinet that houses them. This frees up more space inside and allows you to make the most of the fresh air.
Alternatively, install smart storage solutions on the balcony to hide away all those things you don’t need over the summer, such as snow shovels and salt.
Whatever you decide to do with your balcony, don’t neglect it! It’s surprisingly quick and easy to turn it into a space that really works for you.