The balcony, albeit the narrowest, is a few valuable meters of living space. When spontaneous warehouses of skis, strollers, and artificial firs were arranged on loggias are a thing of the past. Today, these few meters are used much more wisely, combining style and functionality in a small area.
1. Storage system
The most apparent option for arranging a balcony is to create an additional storage area. When developing a project, ease of placement is considered, and one can access things quickly. The glazed space is suitable for storing vegetables, sports equipment, off-season clothing, and shoes.
In a narrow space, it is not rational to place shelves along the window sill. It is better to build in a closet or assemble a rack from one end and, on the contrary, fix multi-level shelves. For non-glazed balconies, metal models of shelving are suitable for closed ones – plastic and chipboard.
2. Cabinet on the balcony
In a tiny flat, it is not always possible to construct a private workspace. The balcony helps out again. Even with a meter wide, arranging a table, several shelves, and a laptop will be possible. Blinds or roman shades on windows can help limit the flow of sunlight.
A “room” equipped in this way is also suitable for study. School supplies and textbooks fit above the work surface or on shelves. If the balcony, with its narrowness, is long enough, symmetrical workstations can be organized on both end sides. It will turn out to be an excellent option for managing space for a family with two students.
3. Sleeping place
- Fans of falling asleep outdoors in summer will appreciate the option of using the balcony as a mini-bedroom. Here you can accommodate unexpected guests at night or arrange a space for a daytime children’s sleep. Despite the controversy of the idea, there are several advantages to this design trick—substantial release of the usable area inside the apartment.
- The ability to isolate the sleeping area from the guest area for tenants of one-room apartments.
- An anesthetic pleasure to wake up with a view of a blooming courtyard.
If there is not enough width for a single bed on the balcony, a couch or a plasterboard and plywood podium will do. The last option is also convenient because it allows you to immediately lay in the plan a place for storing sleeping clothes. In some cases, it is appropriate to cover the entire floor with a mattress and use the sill to move from the room to the sleeping area.
4. Greenhouse or winter garden
Open balconies in the summer can easily replace mini-vegetable gardens. In glazed and insulated spaces, plants are fragrant all year round, thanks to a large amount of sunlight. For greenery and flowers, racks, hanging boxes, and compact trellises are suitable.
5. Place to rest
If you forget that we always lack square meters and stop shifting the functional load to the balcony, it will be an excellent place for relaxation. A room for tea gatherings, a hookah bar, a lounge area, a home theater – a small part of what can be built on a small balcony.
Folding chairs and tables fit perfectly into a narrow room, later being removed on the wall. For open spaces, furniture from street collections is suitable. It does not fade so quickly. It is advisable to place furniture not close to a long wall not to stretch the space even more.
6. Outdoor library
Reading in silence while enjoying the view of the city is every book lover’s dream. On the balcony, you can create the atmosphere of a reading room or organize book storage. You can choose any style of design. Both vintage and modern are appropriate.
Hinged shelves for books in several rows are mounted from the end or immediately from the door. A comfortable pouf, chair, or small armchair will complement the interior. The unique atmosphere of the old library will be created by dark wood furniture, a chandelier-chandelier, mosaics. Busts of thinkers or vases with original ornaments are used as decor.
7. Creative workshop
Every creative person dreams of having a secluded corner in the apartment just for him. A narrow balcony can be equipped with an artist’s studio, a sewing workshop, or a carpenter’s corner.
Paints, sketchbooks, working tools can be placed on shelves or cabinets at the end of the balcony. A folding tabletop from a window to a wall will save space. A narrow balcony in an apartment is not a sentence but a place for an experiment. Only a few square meters, with a creative approach and rational design, can take on the functional load of a full-fledged room.