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Design small balconies with clever designs

The balcony as the new garden of the urban society? That little piece of freedom in the fresh air may often seem negligible, but even small balconies can be furnished modernly with a few ideas and functional outdoor furniture. These few square metres, nonetheless so important for urban life, have long since captured the attention of furniture designers.

Create a small balcony with modern furniture

Create a small balcony with modern furniture, Photo: Vitra

Small balcony: here is how you design it creatively and compactly

The large patio above the roofs of the city are part of the cinematic list of wishes of almost every urbanite. However, instead of open skies over Berlin, the balcony reality is often more like the French egress with a negligible space offering. Thanks to creative and functional furniture, this necessity can quickly be transformed into a virtue. We will show several of the most effective designs and ideas for a small and yet comfortable balcony, from the minimalist folding table to the clever planter.

Wing light Swing armchair by Fischer Möbel for small balcony, Photo: Fischer Möbel

The Wing light Swing chair for stylish hanging around

Instead of the big hammock or a solid rocking chair, this hanging chair offers both summery and space-saving lightness. There is space for other things underneath the chair, and the hanging system of weatherproof ropes is no problem, even with low ceiling heights. The Wing light is thus also perfectly suited for furnishing small loggias.


The classic in a new look: Fizz bistro table

The French bistro table is often the trademark of the narrow, urban balcony. In addition to the classic of metal, a weatherproof natural stone top is also easily conceivable – the Belgian manufacturer Joli offers a diverse selection here, which can be individually configured. Important is that the table frame is both sophisticated and stable. The tripod of the Fizz model masters this task with flying colours. Bistro-Tisch-Fizz. Photo: Joli

The Fläpps Kittchen table of Ambivalence, Photo: Ambivalence

Let things unfold: Fläpps Kitchen Table

The Fläpps folding table from Ambivalenz unites pragmatism and design to form an ideal whole – useful when needed and disappears after the meal with only a few actions. The table of painted birch should be attached to the wall of the building to not be too exposed to the weather. The folding chairs of the series of the same name can be ideally combined with the table and are available in many designs.

Design a small balcony with the side table Twist Box by müller möbelfabrikation, Photo: müller möbelfabrikation

Multifunctional with style

Storage space, set-up area, plant pot: the TWIST box side table with removable lid is a real multi-talent, the powder-coated steel frame of which is extremely weather-resistant and is thus the ideal item of furniture for the small balcony. As a room divider, with climbing indoor plants, the piece from müller möbelfabrikation also provides an elegant possibility to also use nature as an interior design element in the interior. Photo: müller möbelfabrikation

Multifunctional solid wood shelf in double pack by Furniteam, Photo: Furniteam

Variable wall shelves

These multifunctional wall shelves from Furniteam come in double packs and offer many possibilities for designing the balcony. Being stackable, the storage space can be quickly multiplied. Assembled, this results in a slim table that is extremely stable thanks to the solid wood. Photo: Furniteam

Wireless bright spots

Wireless bright spots

Neatness is all the more important when every centimetre counts. Portable outdoor lights stop the problem of the power supply, including unattractive cables, from even arising at all. Shapely models like the Bolleke from Fatboy® also cut a fine figure inside and are elegant design examples for the linking of indoors and outdoors . Photo: Fatboy

Urbanature flower stand high garden, Photo: Urbanature

Up, up and away into the greenery

Where there is only a small floor area, only an escape into the heights remains: the HOCHGARTEN planter from Urbanature offers five places for plants and herbs, with the aim of transforming the balcony into an urban oasis. The reduced, elongated form saves space and is nonetheless elegantly designed. Photo: Urbanature

Yron grill-small balcony, photo: Yron

Hot design: the YRON grill

Cast iron brazier, minimalist tripod, easily stored: "YRON" has everything a grill for the balcony should offer. Thanks to the carrying grip, the elegant piece remains mobile without sacrificing functionality for long summer evenings. Photo: Yron“

Hospitality for feathered friends

Hospitality for feathered friends

A birdbath for the summer, a little feeding house in the winter: many types of birds are very pleased, just like we humans, to find little places of refuge in the big city. The model of the Danish design brand Eva Solo shows that there are also options beyond the DIY market here. Minimalist forms and a lot of glass make the feeding stations for our feathered friends chic design objects. Photo: Eva Solo

Small and yet really big

Small spaces call for creative solutions when furnishing, and the balcony is, apart from the storeroom, the smallest of them all. Many manufacturers have long since recognised this challenge and designed functional, durable and attractive furniture for outdoors. With some imagination and knowledge of one's own needs, even small balconies can be transformed into cosy places for relaxed hours. For the vacation at home, it even provides serious competition for distant travel destinations with the appropriate furnishings .

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