12 Stylish Furniture Items for a Small Balcony

by balconyboss

When the weather becomes warmer, a home balcony is the perfect place for gatherings of significant others, loved ones, or family to relax and enjoy each other’s company. However, this spaces can often become neglected or overlooked, especially if you’re dealing with a very small balcony.

Decorating a small balcony has its upsides and downsides. The upside is that you won’t need tons of items to decorate the space, just a budget, and some creativity. The downside is that most traditional outdoor furniture won’t fit into the space, which means you have to find alternative ways to decorate your balcony. So how do you decorate to maximize the design and functionality of the room? Read on to learn the best small balcony decor ideas you can use to transform your tiny balcony into a spot you never want to leave.

Foldable Table Sets

You can’t complete balcony decor without having a way to sit and relax. From eating dinner with your family to drinking your morning cup of coffee, an easy way to enjoy your balcony is with a table set with chairs. However, when you’re working with a small balcony space, it’s essential to find smaller foldable table sets so that they can be stored in an alternative area when not being used and preserve more outdoor area. You’ll want to search for small space patio furniture that fits in with the theme of your home or adds class to your balcony, like the Outsunny three-piece folding acacia wood patio set.

Balcony Wall Art 

One area that is typically overlooked while decorating a balcony space is the balcony walls. How you choose to decorate this area can really add personality to your balcony, especially when dealing with a small space. There are many ways to change your balcony walls, such as adding a fresh set of paint or new railings. However, adding balcony wall art will help create a specific atmosphere or add additional storage space for your accessories. We love this 2 Pack Wall planter that not only adds personality to your balcony but allows you to incorporate a little greenery as well.

Floor Pillows

If your balcony is too small for furniture of any sort, buying floor pillows may be the perfect solution. Not only does it allow you to enjoy your favorite beverage with a view, but makes it easy to lounge outside and enjoy the fresh air. You’ll want to choose your favorite patterned pillow set or bean bag to make space your own and ensure it provides the support you need, like this embroidered bohemian round floor pillow.


Creating a space that is inviting and incorporates a ton of natural greenery, like vines, planters, or lush plants, will make you feel like you have an entire backyard on your patio. This small balcony idea is easy to do. All you need to do to get started is purchase a few plants. Try to place them around the edges of your balcony, hang them over your handrails or put your plants on a steady surface, like a table or wall storage solution. If you’re unsure what plants to choose, consider the fan flower or the large firecracker plant.

Weatherproof Balcony Shades

While open balconies are perfect for soaking up sun rays or relaxing with a view, the heat can sometimes become a little overwhelming. You might find it unbearable to rest on your balcony during the hot summer months. Instead of staying inside, consider installing a weatherproof balcony shade not only to add a beautiful component to your small balcony but to keep you cool. There are various options to choose from, including lightweight linens, pinstripes, or even plaid patterns. We love the sand-colored weatherproof balcony shade from Shade&Beyond because of its neutral coloring and ability to mix with most color palettes.

Outdoor Rugs

Rugs have a way of generating more space and transforming an area while providing a cozy place to relax your feet. It’s essential to choose a carpet that’s specifically created for the outdoors, as indoor rugs will not outlast the year-round weather. You have tons of options when choosing your rug, such as opting for colorful or bold patterns, like the Outdoor Rug Banana leaf rug, which are great additions to your small space patio furniture if you want to use it as a focal piece. If you want something a little less bright, you can choose a neutral-colored rug to blend into your space seamlessly.

Hanging Chairs

A hammock chair is an easy way to add a seating option to your balcony that takes up a minimal amount of room. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoor weather or cozy up with your favorite book. When searching for the best hanging chair, you’ll want to find a hemp or wicker hanging chair that contrasts your furniture and rug, like this Berkshire Swing chair with a comfortable cushion.

Bamboo Wall

If you’re looking for a small balcony idea that gives you a sense of privacy from your neighbors, consider adding a bamboo wall to your small balcony furniture. Bamboo is the perfect material to use on a small patio because of its strong and thick nature. Plus, it’s durable and can handle any type of weather it might be exposed to throughout the year. An excellent option for outdoor spaces is the Vidaxl Bamboo Fence. This easy-to-use fence allows you to set it up in under a minute. Plus, when its not in use, you can roll it up to save space.

Portable Bar Cart

If you enjoy relaxing on your patio with a cocktail, a portable bar cart is a perfect investment for your small balcony. Unlike a traditional bar, which is quite bulky and hard to fit in a small space, a portable bar cart gives you the flexibility you need to store beverages, utensils, and glassware in one place. Once you’re done using it, you can simply roll it indoors to free up space on your balcony. You can choose a simple bar cart, like the gorgeous Halden outdoor bar cart, for a classy, elegant addition to your patio.

Accent Side Table

When working with a small space, you want to utilize every inch to have maximum functionality. This may include having a comfortable spot to put down a glass of water or add your favorite vase of flowers. For small balcony furniture, you’ll want to choose a lightweight piece that can be moved around easily to accommodate any activity. An excellent material to consider for an outdoor accent side table is iron, like this Mebane Iron Side Table, because of its durability and easy-to-move nature.

Compact Lanterns

The type of lighting you choose for your space can impact the aura of the area, so it’s essential to choose wisely. In a smaller balcony space, you’ll need to focus on choosing lighting options that can seamlessly integrate into your décor. Selecting a compact lantern that can fit on your wall storage space or an accent table is an excellent solution to your lighting problems. We love this Harvest Moon Outdoor Light that provides different color choices and lasts up to ten hours at a time. Plus, it can fit perfectly onto any shelf or table space when not in use.

Pallet Sofas

If you have a small space, consider creating a custom pallet sofa to fit the area. You can either purchase a pallet sofa online or create your own to fit your small balcony space. To make your own, you’ll need a few pallets, cushions, and some throw pillows to tie it all together. The benefit of creating your own is that you’ll find a custom solution to narrow spaces or awkwardly shaped small balconies, leaving you with a cozy space to relax without having to take up your entire balcony space.

Transforming Your Small Balcony into Your Dream Space

It doesn’t take a lot to transform your balcony into a space you love. When you’re designing your small space balcony, you’ll want to consider what colors and styles you love, along with the type of furniture that you would enjoy using. Before purchasing your furniture, consider these tips.

  • Size Matters: Measure your entire small balcony before purchasing online or heading to your local furniture store. Thinner or foldable furniture will work best in small patio spaces.
  • Keep It Simple: You don’t need to crowd your patio space with a ton of small balcony furniture. Instead, choose pieces that feel comfortable for your particular area. There are tons of options to create a cozy, functional balcony, from balcony lighting to foldable table sets.
  • Add Layers: An easy way to add a lot of personality to your small balcony is to incorporate many layers or textiles. For example, you can integrate a blanket, throw rug, and an outdoor carpet in different styles to create your perfect outdoor spot.

No matter how small your space is, there are tons of ways to create a stunning small balcony that works with your area. With these ideas, you’ll be sure to find the perfect solution to your small space balcony problems.