How to create an outdoor balcony dining area

Looking for something different than the average café table with a couple of chairs for your rental apartment balcony? Make the most of it for outside living by creating a truly cozy and private outdoor eating area with DIY wood privacy panels and DIY outdoor wood benches that maximize seating on a small balcony. It’s outside living at its best: you’ll be expanding your usable square footage by adding an outdoor room perfect to entertain friends on a hot summer night. Not to mention you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors!



  1. Kesar

    Thank you so much for your videos. I tried to take your ideas in creating
    My deck , and it has become a favrout hangout place for my friends and family
    I would like you to see how your idea progressed from your New York balcony
    To my deck in Georgia.
    I can’t thank you enough

    • Isabelle

      Wow, thank you so much for sharing what you did, it made my day 🙂 Looks amazing and I’m so happy to hear that it’s now a favorite place to hang out with your family and friends! Do you mind if I share your picture on facebook? It’s so inspiring, I know others would love to see it! Thanks again for sharing 🙂

  2. Kesar

    Ofcourse please go ahead and share, after all it’s inspired by your original idea

  3. Kesar

    Here is a better click of my deck.

  4. Ashley

    Hi this is fantastic!! Do you have any recommendations on how to adjust the panel when the balcony corners are slightly curved?

    • Isabelle

      Thanks! I can’t think of anything at the moment but if I come up with something I’ll let you know!

  5. Anthony


    Great plans and very approachable. I plan on doing this for my deck, just curious if you’ve kept these privacy screens up during high winds weather?

    How do the ties hold up or is there a better way to fasten the screens to existing railing?

    Thanks again!

  6. Anthony

    Hello Isabelle,

    Great approachable plans to custom privacy screens.

    Any idea if the twist garden ties are enough to hold these against the railing during inclement/windy weather conditions?

    I will attempt this on my deck, but not sure if the ties are secure enough to prevent accidents/screens from snapping.


    • Isabelle

      It help up fine on my 12th floor balcony with normal winds. You could also use zip ties for a more secure hold or build the panels with more spacing in between the boards to let the air flow through more easily. Hope this helps and I hope you’ll share pics of your project!

  7. Kerrie

    Where are the bench cushions from? Thanks!

  8. Ashley

    Hi Isabelle, how has the Behr semi-transparent wood stain held up over time/winter? I’m currently looking to get some to try this project but have read a lot of negative reviews from deck owners. Recognizing that this would never be walked on top of, I’d prefer to go with what you used but just curious if you have seen any issues.

    • Isabelle

      Hi Ashley, I didn’t see any issues with it but I moved about 6 months after I did the project so I can’t really say for sure how it looks now.

  9. Anna

    I can’t wait to get started on this project but being a newbie and from UK I’m soooo confused with your measurements could you help me out.x

    • Isabelle

      That’s great! Don’t get intimidated by measurements – every project will have different measurements depending on the balcony and its dimensions so you’ll want to customize this project to fit your balcony. My measurements won’t necessarily work for your balcony. Here’s an example of someone that customized my project to fit their balcony: You can do it and I can’t wait to see how yours turns out! Isabelle

  10. T Harvey

    We relatively easily created the same Outdoor Balcony Dining area by following your video and instructions (a 3 weekend project all in all). This expanded our living space and we made the most of it by having all our summer evening dinners outside. Our friends and family enjoyed it just as much! We even went a step further after learning these new skills and built our own table.

    Thanks Isabelle!

    • Isabelle

      Thank you so much for sharing your project!! I love hearing how you were able to enjoy it all summer with your friends and family. You did an amazing job and love the table too! Thanks again for sharing!

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