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If you’re lucky enough to have some balcony space — whether it’s patio-size and in the
countryside, or a pokey little hangout in East London, chances are you’re spending a lot of time there at the moment. Whatever the case, if you’re looking to give it a bit of a spruce-up, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Whether it’s a hanging basket or a balcony-size hammock, zhuzh up your space for reading, having friends over, or even just snoozing on a Sunday afternoon.
chair set is made from handwoven wicker and features a comfy seat cushion.
Or how about this weather-resistant set, which you can leave out even if the weather takes a turn.
Since space might be at a premium, pick a small
paddling pool for dipping your toes in (that doubles up as a drinks cooler).
String lights are a must for any outdoor space — these ones are solar-powered.
lanterns would also add a nice ambiance.
This rug, made from plastic fibres, is easy to
clean (but looks like it costs twice the price).
Likewise, these waterproof cushions (which come in a wide range of colours) can be left outside, either as floor cushions or to zhuzh up a love seat.
If you live on a lower floor, or face another balcony, you might want a privacy screen. This one also acts as a wind barrier (so your
plants will thank you).
spaces, this wooden shelving unit could house your budding herb garden — or even the stuff you need to keep on hand at all times (like a bottle opener, or some shears).
Stacked planters such as these would be perfect if you want to
grow strawberries but don’t have a lot of floor space.
We also like this handsome wooden option, which has
storage space underneath. [ Editor’s note: This item is only available for preorder.]
If you have one prized
plant (even if it’s just a cactus from Sainsburys), give it pride of place in this glazed celadon pot.
And while these hanging planters (from Amazon’s tasteful
basics range) could house plants in a bathroom, we think they’d also look nice hanging outside, too.
They also do a wider variety, which would be perfect for a trailing plant such as ivy.
And to keep those plants
hydrated, we like the long spout of Haws, who have been making watering cans for 130 years.
They also do other garden accessories, like this brass plant
If your balcony has no overhead coverage, this parasol (which can clip onto a
chair or railing) will provide some much-needed shade.
A standalone hammock would be perfect for an afternoon
We like that this bird feeder — made from bamboo fibres — could be placed on a side table if floor space is a bit limited. Plus, it won’t break.
Or, this hanging option, which can also be used as a feeding tray.
Recreate your garden from
The Sims with these derpy flamingos.
Or for something more
grownup, these bronze effect birds would be nice among your pots.
You can compost even in small spaces — this tumbling composter
aerates your garden waste, meaning it can be compostable in just four weeks.
This compact, minimalist wormery will also help the quality of your compost.
Introduce pollinator insects into your outdoor space with this
rest stop, which will attract bees, lacewings, and butterflies.
This pine table could seat two for an al fresco
dinner (and can be easily folded away, too).
If space is really at a premium, this fold-down table (which could hold two
glasses of wine and a bowl of olives) can attach to your balcony rail.
This deck-chair set looks like something from the Conran Shop (and would be great for a laid-back
This storage box could be the perfect place to stash a spare blanket (plus it doubles up as a side table).
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