How to decorate a small balcony

In this episode, see how to decorate a small balcony to add livable square footage to your apartment by installing a reed fence, and making a bench out of a few plastic storage containers and plywood. There's even room to include a balcony garden with a raised planter. These balcony decorating ideas can also be used for small patios and decks and will inspire you to create your very own outdoor oasis.

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29 Comments

  1. DL

    I love this idea so much! i have been looking for a cute way to store some outdoor items on my patio, in my apartment. Do you have any ideas for making this a tad easier to get in and out of the storage containers? Or I may have it wrong where these pretty easy to get into?

    Thanks and love your ideas!!!

    • Isabelle

      Thank you , glad you like this project! I only used the containers for things I didn’t need to get to often, because it was somewhat cumbersome to get to the containers. For my LA apartment, I built a simple lounging bench that has a top with a door to get to the containers. That might be a better solution for you. Here’s the link: http://www.engineeryourspace.com/how-to-decorate-a-balcony-la-edition-part-2/. Hope this helps and thanks for watching! Isabelle

  2. Mydria

    I’m going to do this project this weekend! What size plastic storage bins did you use? I can’t tell from the video. Thanks!

  3. Amy in Pittsburgh PA

    I enjoyed your video. You explain the steps so clearly! How sturdy have you found your bench to be? I’m concerned for my guests. What alternatives do you suggest for an easy base of the bench? Thank you!

  4. Sasha Smith-Ali

    I have been watching your videos and l must say that they are truly inspiring. I am trying to create a beautiful patio space that will be functional and stand out. I absolutely love the other video you made with the wood panels but being that l am NOT the handiest person l have decided to try recreating this one Instead.

    I would like to know if the container seating is able to hold a lot of weight?

    Also if at all possible can you do another video or do a photo tag of ideas covering the bins without ususing the reed fencing.

    I am personally thinking to use fabric and create a nail head trim.

    I have some great ideas but execution is my problem. Things never turn out as l envision them.

    • Isabelle

      Thank you Sasha! I found the bench made with the bins to be very sturdy but it’s hard to say exactly how much weight they can hold. You could use lattice (http://www.lowes.com/pd_602652-67197-148261_1z0wg4n__?productId=50280313&pl=1) to cover the bins instead of the reed fencing. Fabric and nail trim would look nice but they might not do so well in the rain over time. Good luck with your project and I hope you’ll share pics when you’re done! Isabelle

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