10 Tiny Apartment Balcony Ideas

Updated: May 28, 2024

Don't let your small space hold you down, just get creative!

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If you live in a smaller apartment, you’re likely looking for more storage space. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas to revamp your space. And if you have a balcony, that makes things even simpler.

Balconies can be helpful for storage, especially if you’re housing plants, bikes and seating. To help you get inspired, our team found ten tiny apartment balcony ideas, plus products you can shop now to make your space more efficient.

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Don’t have room for a table and chairs? You can still enjoy the city views or the green trees surrounding your small space by installing this folding table over the deck railing. Tuck two chairs on either side of the balcony railing table for even more relaxing vibes.

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Benally Iron Hanging Planter Set

We’ll kick off this list with some apartment balcony ideas for plant parents. For an attractive, space-saving vertical garden, you can install hooks on the ceiling of your balcony and let pots with herbs, small vegetables and pretty flowers hang without taking up valuable floor space.

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Sol Living Ceara Patio Hammock

Maybe there isn’t enough space for a chaise lounger on your balcony, but if you want to kick back, a hammock is perfect for small outdoor spaces. Hammocks make a nice choice because you can easily take it down if you want to use the balcony for something else, like entertaining company.

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Auxane Metal Outdoor Bench

Perimeter Bench

For optimum seating in a small space, utilize the walls of your balcony to create a wrap-around bench. You can make the L-shaped bench as small or big as you need using concrete blocks, crates, etc. This is one of our favorite apartment balcony furniture ideas.

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Jumbo Humble Large Torched Wood Storage Crates

To store your go-to balcony needs, like a watering can and sunscreen, as well as display your pretty potted plants, stack crates vertically along the wall.

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If you don’t want to keep your bike inside your apartment where it’s going to take up precious floor space, we recommend ordering the Bike Nook bicycle stand. It’s adjusts to fit just about any bike. Because the Bike Nook is freestanding, you don’t have to worry about drilling holes into the wall either. Plus, it’s portable, so you can bring your bike inside if the weather gets dodgy.

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Grand patio Premium Frame Patio Bistro Set

Sometimes you want to sit with a book and a cup of coffee on your balcony, other times you want to move around and water your plants, grill some food or do some yoga. A folding table and chairs makes for the perfect space-saver when you need more room.

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Char-Broil Patio Bistro

If all you want to do is get your BBQ game on, don’t let your small balcony get in the way. While grills typically take up a lot of space, this model from Char-Broil is takes up less space than a small deck chair, but it’s still large enough to cook up to 12 burgers at a time. And because it’s an infrared electric grill, you don’t have to worry about any restrictions your lease might have for propane or charcoal grills on the balcony.

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Brabantia Hanging Drying Rack

Drying and Storage Rack

Whether you have clothes you want to air dry, shoes you want to air out, or need an extra place to put a potted plant, this versatile and space-saving rack is perfect for your small balcony!

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Bushnell Solid Wood Bar Set

Cozy up to the bar even in a small space with slim balcony bar like this one made from acacia wood. The bar itself is just over 16 inches deep with a weight capacity of up to 500 pounds, so it can hold more than enough to entertain company without eating up all the space on your balcony. Another plus is that you don’t have to nail or screw it to anything, meaning you don’t have to worry about risking the deposit on your apartment.

What to Look for When Buying Tiny Apartment Balcony Solutions 

When buying tiny apartment balcony solutions, first decide how you want to use the space. Then, map out the space to decide if you can use vertical storage and bike racks. If you can measure accurately, it will help to determine how many products you’ll need. Also, consider if your balcony is weather-proof. If not, check the products you’re purchasing to ensure they can protect your items from the elements.

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How We Found the Best Tiny Apartment Balcony Solutions

To find the best tiny apartment balcony solutions, our team started with the basics and did our research. We got inspired by hundreds of tiny balcony solutions and compiled a list of the best ideas. We then spent hours compiling a list of the best items and storage options you should buy. From there, we combed through many customer reviews to learn more about each product. We regularly update this article with new products and the most accurate pricing information. 

FAQs

How to make more space in a tiny apartment?

Finding ways to store your belongings can be challenging if you need more space. The good news is that many ways to use the space creatively exist. Think vertically! Stacking crates and organizers will free up space and add more storage solutions to any room. You can also use drawers inside kitchen and bedroom cabinets to create even more space. And utilize your balcony (if you have one).

How can I make my small apartment look less cluttered?

Smaller apartments appear packed more easily, so the first step is decluttering. Toss any unimportant papers and broken items. Next, get a donation box ready. Part with anything not serving you—look at clothes you don’t wear, dishes you never use and other household items that take up space. Lastly, choose a balcony idea that will help to create more space,