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, an outdoor rug 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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  1. What a beautiful transformation!

    I’d love to know the latin name of the vine you used there. An ivy?

  2. renee

    I love the reed fencing! I have cement block walls, can you suggest a way to attach it?

  3. keith

    Hi! The deck is gorgeous! Does the vine attract OR repel insects?

    • Isabelle

      Thanks! I didn’t see any more or less insects on my balcony with the vine, but that’s probably due to the fact that it’s located on the 12th floor of a highrise in Manhattan…not much insect activity up there 🙂

  4. Nick

    I love your balcony! I want to install a reed fence on my balcony in LA, but my balcony is stucco. What do you think the best way to affix it is?

    • Isabelle

      Now that I’ve moved to LA, I have a similar issue with my balcony – I’m working on a solution so stay tuned!

  5. Mils

    This is awesome! any tips for a place like Toronto where we get snow? I live on the top floor and there’s no roof on my balcony, what suggestion can you give for balcony storage? Thanks!

  6. Taylor

    This is amazing! I’m absolutely in love with your website/ videos. You are amazing and so creative, you’ve defiantly helped me so much!

  7. Kim

    I am curious if you have figured out what to do with your stucco balcony? I am in the same situation with my current apartment, but I have to say this has inspired me to build a custom bench. I’m east facing so in the hot Texas summer my balcony is enjoyable after midday. I’ll try just a sheet of plywood with 4×4 legs enclosed with that awesome reed fencing and of course a custom made pad for it.
    I’m super excited to stumble across your site! I made a daybed many years ago when I was poor out of my plastic tubs and an air mattress. I was lacking guest bedding and a sofa. It worked like a charm. I loved how you incorporated the tubs in your bench.

    • Isabelle

      I’m working on my plan for the balcony and it’s slowly coming together so stay tuned for that coming soon! I think your idea for the bench sounds great and I love your idea for a day bed with the plastic bins – it’s amazing what you can create out of necessity!

  8. Keryn

    Hey Isabelle,

    Fantastic video. I am moving into a studio apartment with a balcony and will definitely do this. One question! Are the plastic tubs strong enough as a base to hold 3-4 visitors?

    • Isabelle

      Hi Keryn, Thanks, glad you like it! I’ve had 2-3 average sized people sit on the bench and had no problems but it’s hard to say what the weight capacity is when you repurpose something like bins into a bench.

  9. Jennifer

    I love what you did to your balcony!
    Do you have any suggestions for the seat to hold someone that weighs more than those plastic containers can hold?

  10. Anji

    Wonderful job Isabelle… I am inspired to decorate my balcony and create a cozy place just like you said in video…. My balcony is same like the one in video but here I my place it rains almost every evening for 5 to 6 month.. you please suggest something for preventing this beautiful balcony decoration from rain nuisance…

    • Isabelle

      Thanks Anji! I always use outdoor fabrics and items that can take the rain when I decorate balconies. If you want to keep your cushions from getting wet, I would use extra-large ziplock bags or rubbermaid plastic bins.

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