Beautiful April weather invites us outdoors, but apartment living makes relaxing in your own private space a challenge. Balconies tend to be either too narrow, too short, too shaded, or too sunny. They often have railings that are too high or too opaque. With the cramped conditions of an apartment situation, it’s vital that the balcony not get overlooked as a living space, or worse, willfully overlooked as unsightly storage.
We at Sturbridge Yankee recommend that you start with the furniture. If your balcony is small (The ADA minimum width is 5 feet, but older buildings might only have 24 inches), the over-sized furniture offered in most home and garden chain stores won’t fit, and certainly won’t fold away if you need the space for some other form of entertaining—large parties requiring standing room, or grilling. Aluminum folding furniture or beach chairs work, but aren’t the most attractive options for the space. Pre-formed plastic furniture suffers various combinations of the afore mentioned problems.
When selecting your furniture, we recommend that you look for the following:
- Size: Don’t compromise. Appropriately scaled furniture will not only be more comfortable, it will make the space feel bigger. The last thing you want is to create a tripping hazard next to a ten-story fall.
- Versatility: Your selections should fold down, both for winter storage and to give you the ability to re-arrange the space.
- Beauty: A balcony is clearly visible from the main portion of the apartment. Your furniture selections should enhance the beauty of your indoor living space. The furnishings themselves should be attractive while not obstructing the view.
Sturbridge Yankee Workshop offers our English Tea Garden table and chairs as an option. Inspired by 18th century colonial designs, all pieces fold flat for storage, and are made from eco-friendly sustainably harvested wood. (table: 36″dia. x 29″H. chairs: 16″W x 20.5″D x 34″H.)
Don’t forget to finish your space with a bold, outdoor area rug.