Mother Earth Living

The Good Life

All things Mother Earth Living

Add to My MSN

10 Tips for a Tiny Balcony

4/26/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: balcony, small space living, small space design, vertical gardening, kitchen garden

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailToday I’ve been very busy being inspired by Apartment Therapy’s “100 Ideas & Inspiration: Small Spaces,” which offers a wealth of great ideas on everything from smart ways to divide a room to working with small kitchens. Because I’m sprucing up my back garden right now, I was particularly taken with “10 Ideas for Tiny Balconies.” Making good use of my outdoor areas is a great way to expand my small townhome’s living space—and I want to have everything ready when the weather decides to get warm.

Apartment Therapy says that if you have a balcony, you have the potential to create a small garden or tiny hideaway. The article offers these great tips for making it happen.

 gardening nook 

1. Gardening Nook. This tiny Tokyo balcony is a gardening refuge for potting, tending to and enjoying plants. Photo by Ossan/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 

 shoe rack 

2. Shoe Rack. Repurpose a shoe rack into a plant stand to gain some elevation and make better use of your balcony's square footage. Check out the original post to see how they used T Trays as well. Photo by  tiny bites/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 

 create privacy 

3. Create Privacy. In this case, the balcony was lined with fabric but you could plant bamboo or hang a screen to give yourself some privacy. Photo by Oscar's Real estate/courtesy of Apartment Therapy


4. Really Go Vertical. Build a curved canopy for a vine to grow on and create privacy and some green space. Photo by Living In Penny/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 


5. Plant Something Fragrant. Check out these 5 plants that smell oh so good to create a wonderland for the senses. Photo by Laure Joliet/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 

 keep it simple 

6. Keep it Simple. With a small terraced shelf and matching containers, build your little kitchen garden without a big footprint or a lot of upkeep. Photo by Susan Larsson/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 


7. Start a Vine. With this simple trellis you can grow some flowering jasmine or honeysuckle out of containers. Photo by Jayme Jenkins/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 

 breakfast nook 

8. Breakfast Nook. Use your balcony as a breakfast nook and strive to eat as many meals as you can outdoors. Photo by Sandra's Flickr/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 

 kitchen garden 

9. Grow a Kitchen Garden. You really don't need much space to grow herbs, lettuces and maybe even some veggies. Check out this post on growing food in small spaces. Photo by Suzane Forsling/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 


10. Pegboard. Slap some sealer on pegboard so it doesn't rot in the weather and let it help you go vertical with your plants and containers. See Robin's entire garden here. Photo by Robin Charlick/courtesy of Apartment Therapy 

Content Tools

Post a comment below.


Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here