Making the Most of Your Apartment Balcony

Not sure what to do with your balcony or patio? Learn how you can make the most of your apartment balcony with HILLS properties today!
KK By Katie Kane on August 10, 2022

Living in an apartment shouldn’t stop you from customizing your ideal balcony space. There are plenty of ways you can jazz up your apartment balcony to fit your aesthetic and personality. Don’t stop at just adding a few chairs; here are some apartment balcony ideas you can do to make the most out of your balcony.

Brainstorm a Theme

It can be challenging to figure out where to begin building your balcony when starting from scratch. To make things a little easier try to decide on an overall theme. A great place to start your brainstorming is Pinterest. On Pinterest, you can find inspiration and come up with a theme to stick to. Your theme can range from florals to pink paradise and reader’s nook. Let your imagination flow.

Add Seating Space

An apartment balcony with a hammock chair.

Now that you’ve defined the theme for your space, you’re going to need a place to sit back and relax. There are many different types of seating arrangements you can choose from, but we recommend traditional outdoor patio furniture that does not fold. Of course, furniture is just part of the equation—be sure to make your space more cozy with cushions, pillows, and blankets. That way, you can stay comfortable and show your personality through the textures and colors that you choose.

When adding furniture, keep in mind a few key things. First, make sure you can easily navigate your balcony—too much furniture can clutter your balcony or patio. Second, only put furniture outside that will stand up against the temperatures and widely ranging humidity that the outdoor brings.

Make it Pet-Friendly

If you have pets, you don’t want to leave them out of this project! There are great outdoor pet bed options. When adding one to your patio/balcony space consider a raised cooling bed that is slightly elevated off the ground. You want to make sure that your pet enjoys your new space as much as you do, but for their safety never leave them outside by themselves. But don’t use your balcony or patio for trash or pet waste—your neighbors will not appreciate it if you do.

Make It Green

Adding plants to your balcony is sure to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Create the perfect balcony oasis by adding a mixture of different types of plants, flowers, and succulents. When you care for your plants and keep them healthy, you are rewarded with their beauty. Be mindful while watering that don’t spill or drip on your neighbors below.

Light It Up

Patio lights are a great way to brighten up your balcony during starry summer nights. Use removable outdoor hooks for a deliberate custom look without causing any damage.

Festive & Functional

It can be easy to go overboard with seasonal décor, but you want to make sure you are keeping your outdoor space functional too. Avoid large intrusive decorations like inflatables and opt for festive accents that correlate with the current season.

Disallowed Balcony or Patio Items

While your balcony or patio is part of your apartment home, it uniquely impacts others in your community. As a result, certain items aren’t allowed for safety or aesthetic reasons. Some of these things include:

  • Flags
  • Shelving
  • Bird feeders
  • Anything nailed or screwed to sidings or beams
  • Wind chimes
  • Foldable camping or stadium chairs
  • Bikes
  • Storage boxes
  • Trash and pet waste

For more information or for clarifying questions, contact your apartment and they’ll be glad to let you know if a specific item can or can’t go on a balcony.

Make the Most of Your Apartment Balcony with HILLS Today

Now that you have the apartment balcony ideas you were looking for, it’s time to make the most of your balcony space in a nearby HILLS community. At HILLS Properties, we know that access to the outdoors is an important part of living the good life, and many of our apartment homes have either balconies or cozy patios in which you can stretch your legs—literally!

But that’s not the only thing we offer at HILLS. When you live at one of our luxurious apartments, our balconies and patios are the cherry on top of a great experience. With spacious floorplans, upscale community amenities, and pet-inclusive environments, it’s easy to call a HILLS community home. It’s time to find your new home. Browse our apartments in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, and contact us today for a tour!

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