Now I don’t have a traditional outdoor space like a small garden or a patio, I have a balcony and to be honest, it’s an area which I really don’t take full advantage of. Considering that I have lived there 4 and a half years I’ve probably only sat out there about half a dozen times and it’s currently a mess of dirty trainers from obstacle runs and a small folding table and chairs. One of my missions of this year is to maximize the space I have across my whole flat so I can enjoy it more and my balcony is one of my summer priorities.
Considering that it’s only a balcony I have a decent amount of space out there. I used to dry my clothes out there on rails but after a spider in my underwear calamity I no longer do this, but space is more than ample to enjoy. My first priority, of course, is to clear out the stuff which sits in the corner of my space and clean up the windows and areas but then it got me thinking what I could do with the space.
I’d love to get some different garden furniture out there because while the folding table and chairs is all well and good I have enough space for something more comfortable like a Rattan Sofa which would fit perfectly along the main wall at the side of my balcony. I can imagine myself sitting out there with the sliding windows open on a warm summers’ night reading a book or watching something on Netflix via my laptop. My folding table and chairs can still fit on the other side of the balcony but I’ll also have the option to fold it up to make more space.
The wall which connects my balcony to next doors balcony is pretty bare and while white does make it appear bigger I’d love to add something to this wall, I’ve been loving the idea of adding some hooks and putting some hanging plants out there like this or this, but I need to consider whether I think I could keep the plants alive (I am so bad!) Failing that I’d love to add some sort of wall art of colourful backdrop just to make the area feel a bit more homely.
I have this slightly annoying thin gap which goes down the far right side of my balcony so I want something to go here to make it feel worthwhile but I’m still searching for inspiration. I was thinking a small storage box but I don’t know what I’d store out there so if you’ve got any ideas do let me know.
One day I’d love to have a full proper garden so I can have cats and let them roam around but also to have more space so I can have water fountains that mount on the wall and decking for big garden BBQ’s.
Do you have an outdoor area/ garden? What are your must-have items out there?
*This post was written in collaboration with Fishpools but all thoughts and opinions are my own