Outdoor Decor Ideas - Make your Balcony a Mini Haven

by Dermot Kelly on August 10, 2022


We’ve got some handy little options to get you started if you have a small balcony in need of a makeover. Even the smallest urban balcony has the potential to be a tiny outdoor haven with the right panting and the ideal outdoor furniture! 

We also understand that balconies come in different shapes and sizes so there’s something here for everyone. 

Quick tips for Balcony Furniture

Make sure you source weather-resistant garden furniture. 

When using cushions or other soft furnishings,  ensure these are Water-Repellent and that fabrics used outdoors are ideally UV Resistant, so they don’t fade.

To make your balcony more homely and irresistible in the evenings, don’t forget to add a throw or two.

Pick lightweight furniture that won’t be difficult to move indoors or out at a moment’s notice.

If you’re living in an apartment block, make sure your lift or stairwell is large enough to take in any benches or furniture you may want to install.

Reimagine your Balcony Surfaces 

The good news? It’s just a tiny floor space, so it won’t break the bank if you’re adding surface material like flooring or painting.

Balcony Flooring 

One of the easiest ways to add more comfort and personality to your mini outdoor space is to make it a pleasure to set foot in. Literally.

  • Check out our simple range of weather-resistant Garden Rugs. These sustainable options are made from recycled polypropylene material. An ideal addition to brighten up balconies. They are made with material that is easy to clean & maintain, in a range of 6 designs measuring 120cm X 180cm.
  • Interlocking deck tiles are also a great way to add comfort and texture underfoot whilst being weather resistant and hardy 


Decorating a Balcony? Think Vertical! 

When you have a tiny balcony floor space, think of your vertical spaces as another way to maximise your space.

Hang it Up

  • Suspending a rattan egg chair through a secure hook in the ceiling is a sure-fire way to win if floor space is an issue
  • You can also use a standing or floor-mounted egg- chair if suspending one is problematic. Look at our extensive catalogue for multiple Egg-chair styles that are perfect for adding that bit of comfort and glamour to your garden! There are even double-seater versions for those of you with more room  
  • Alternatively, invest in a hammock that can be taken up or down at a moment’s notice

A word of caution - do check with building management as to the recommended suspension hooks that should be used and the weight-bearing limits of your balcony ceilings. This will impact your neighbour's floor overhead.

Vertical Planting

Furniture aside, you can also dress up your balcony space with easy vertical planting, such as 

  • Hanging baskets
  • Planting creepers against a wall-mounted trellis
  • Vertical wall-mounted plant pots suspended on a wire frame
  • Balcony rail plant boxes

This way, your love for a soothing green environment will not eat up valuable floor space, leaving more room for you to enjoy the view.  

Build a Bench on your Balcony

Building a simple bench against a balcony side wall suntrap is the best way to add furniture without eating up floor space too. You’ll find all the right materials here at Homevalue - just ask a friendly member of the team to get you started with the right kit

Make your own bench 

You could make your own bench cushions or source them ready-made - for example, consider the

Our Garden Collection 2-Seater or 1-seater Bench Cushions: These polyester outdoor cushions are perfect for Benches and come in a range of colours.

Simple 2-seater benches for the Balcony

Alternatively, consider a simple 2 -seater bench. There are many options, but our suggestion is to go for something that’s not too wide for the lift or stairwell and is light enough to carry.

Here are some ideas

  • Like the bistro sets, our  Persia Bench is light and elegant. It boasts a pretty mosaic detail. It is able to be used as a set with the matching bistro set available.


Table & Chairs 

If you can, all you need to fit in is a simple 2 chairs and a table bistro set to make this mini haven an adorable breakfast or brunch area for those balmy summer days, or a cosy spot with a glass of wine in the evenings.

Start with any one of these furniture set ideas :

  • Our Brights Chair Anthracite is perfect on its own and in a pair with any table, high or low. The deep seat and long arms ensures a nice relaxing sit. The tough UV resistant plastic means this chair is perfect for indoor or outdoor use.  Add to any table to create an outdoor dining or lounge set. Perfect for patios, gardens or conservatories alike.
  • If you have a bit more leg room, then consider adding our Bistro Set Rattan 2 Chairs (Stackable) & Table. This three-piece rattan bistro set is  perfect for smaller spaces as the chairs are stackable for easy storage.
  • Consider a lightweight Bistro set like our Odessa, Persia or Avalon Bistro sets. These are lightweight and elegant with Mosaic detail on tabletop and chairs. They are also foldable chairs for easy storage. 


Check out our Furniture Catalogue 

There you have it! Some very simple ideas to get you started with your balcony do-over

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