This summer, you may be looking forward to hosting friends and family at your home again. Even if you’ve got a teeny, tiny patch of outdoors, with some creative space use you can pull off barbecues or a small get-together (or just make a really comfortable zone to chill out on your own).
A “less is more” mindset can be an asset when you’re arranging your outdoor space. If your apartment balcony or patio area lacks privacy, upright or voluminous plants (think: bamboo, shrubs, and decorative grasses) can create a more intimate area. Wall dividers, hanging planters, and umbrellas are also great ways to cover more of your space from nosy neighbors.
When it comes to decorating, it’s key to be savvy about the type of patio furniture you choose. Weather and other outdoor forces can wreak havoc on items that should really be kept indoors. Stick with materials like wicker, plastic, iron, and wood for furniture and synthetic materials for pillows and cushions to prevent disaster from striking.
Ahead, 15 apartment patio ideas that’ll help you craft a space that you and your loved ones will actually want to hang out in.
The Peranakan-patterned cement tile floors installed on this Singaporean apartment balcony really make it feel like an extension of the home. Paired with plants and a hanging chair, we totally want to recreate this look.
2. Making Use of Every Inch
Jen made such great use of her balcony’s space by adding a dining table and an outdoor sofa. She added inviting IKEA tile flooring and installed a bamboo screen for privacy. Adorable dog not included.
3. Stenciled Statement Wall
The stenciled statement wall on this balcony creates a tropical vibe for a fun space.
4. Vacation-Inspired Patio
6. Functional Fold-Down Table
Similar to floating desks or wall-mounted surfaces, this patio table featured in a vibrant Dutch home folds out when needed, but neatly presses up against the railing when not in use. This makes enjoying a meal with your partner extra special, but doesn’t cramp your style if you have a few friends over for summer apps and drinks.
11. Comfy Chairs and Plenty of Plants
12. Bright and Colorful
Adding a hammock to a patio shows you mean business: You take your relaxing seriously. For good measure, Trent added a couch, tiki torches, curtains, hanging candles, framed art, and a king’s ransom in cushions.
14. Muted Modern Menagerie
Here we have a patio that has all the living room goodness: generously proportioned chairs, a couch, a coffee table, cozy cushions and throws, an ottoman, trees, herb planters, a light installation, and even a rug. Why would you go inside ever again?
15. Minimalist and Industrial
If minimalist and industrial vibes are your thing, this balcony full of greens and stainless steel is a must-copy.
Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann