In the warmer months, everyone loves to live outdoors, breathing fresh air, immersing themselves in sunlight or moonlight.

If you are lucky enough to have a balcony, then you have to make the most of it. This means doing more than putting a deckchair and using it only one day a month. No matter how small, your balcony has a lot of potentials!

The time has come to make your balcony more welcoming, especially if you have some size limits. After all, what do you need to enjoy the fresh air on your summer balcony? A couple of chairs or a bench with cushions, a coffee table for reading, reading or using your laptop outdoors, some lanterns or lights to create the evening atmosphere and of course a bit of refreshing green. Here are some tips:

1. Add a tabletop

All you need to enjoy your morning coffee on your balcony is a table and a chair. Choose one that folds easily so you can store it inside if necessary.

2. Benches instead of chairs

Optimize your little size with benches. You don’t even have to worry about the storm or the strong wind that takes away your light chairs.

3. A little green

Prepare your balcony with planters full of plants to create the feeling of that terrace you’ve always wanted. Add some aromatic herbs to make your balcony fragrant. And if you really don’t have the succulent green thumb and cacti of various heights they are your friends. Plants will make you feel in the countryside even if you are in the city.

4. Floor cushions

There is no need to invest in expensive garden furniture, especially if you are renting. Take large, comfortable and colorful cushions that, with a change of lining, can do double work even inside the apartment.

5. Add an outdoor rug

Not everyone takes it into consideration, but a rug helps you amplify your living area to the outside. Make sure you choose one that resists weathering.

6. Take advantage of the wall

Hang plants or weatherproof works of art to make your balcony an extension of your apartment.

7. Light up

Add some light for nighttime gatherings. If you cannot work on the electrical system, choose LED outdoor lamps, lanterns or garlands of lights.

8. Opt for folding furniture

If you are short on space, try placing furniture that can be folded when not in use.

9. A cocktail corner

What’s better than outdoor happy hour? A small table and two chairs are all you need to create a space to relax after work. You can also use an ottoman with a tray instead of the table: it can become an extra seat.

10. Give yourself some privacy

If your balcony is too visible, add tall plants like bamboo to create a natural green wall. You can also fit curtains that can be raised and lowered as needed. The curtains can also protect you from the sun and rain.

Look at the interesting ideas below and get inspired!