6 Unique Balcony Rain Cover Ideas

by balconyboss

One of the most important considerations when you have a balcony is how to protect your balcony space (and your furniture) from the rain. Balcony rain protection can vary considerably depending on your budget, the layout of the balcony, and whether or not you are allowed to add any permanent solutions to the balcony.

Balcony Rain Protection

The following ideas will cover a range of both temporary and permanent balcony rain protection solutions.

Tarpaulin Cover

First, let’s take a closer look at some types of temporary balcony rain cover options.

A tarpaulin (or tarp) is one of the easiest rain covers to install on apartment balconies., making it an ideal choice for renters who need temporary coverage. While tarp is an easy solution, it isn’t the most attractive of rain cover options, so it’s probably best to only use this option when you’re in a pinch and really need it.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings are a popular type of temporary rain cover for apartment balcony because they can be extended or retracted depending on the weather and your preferences. Retractable awnings can be installed in a variety of different balcony layouts, which makes them ideal since they are an option for many apartment renters or owners.

Outdoor Blinds

Another temporary method for providing rain cover for apartment balcony is outdoor blinds, which can be raised or lowered depending on the weather and your preference.

Outdoor blinds can be installed in a variety of ways, just like retractable awnings, which again makes them a viable option for many apartment dwellers. It should be noted that outdoor blinds can provide a lower or higher range of rain protection depending on the style and installation method. For example, tighter blinds made with thicker material–such as wooden blinds–will usually provide more rain protection than thin blinds made with light material.

Roof-style Cover

The first of our permanent solutions, a roof-style cover is designed to create a cohesive aesthetic with your balcony rain protection. Most apartment owners will choose to install roof tiles that match or at least aesthetically work with the roof or building material of the apartment. Roof covers are slanted roofs that cover the balcony, protecting it from the rain. Since they are permanently installed, you should remember that there will always be less light coming in from the top of the balcony area.

Light Lean-Tos

Another method for protecting a balcony from rain is a light lean-to structure. These are similar to roof-style covers but are less heavy and can be designed to be practically invisible–or highly decorative, depending on your preferences. One benefit of light lean-tos is that they can be installed with outdoor curtains surrounding the frame, which can provide additional balcony rainy protection.

Enclosed Balcony

If you don’t mind creating an indoor-outdoor space, then  you might want to consider fully enclosing your balcony. Enclosing your balcony with walls will allow it to be fully protected from the rain, as well as other outdoor elements. If you don’t want to sacrifice light, consider installing glass walls or walls with large glass windows that will not completely take away the open feeling of the balcony.

Final Thoughts

If you are in need of balcony rain protection, make sure that you consider one or more of the above ideas to keep your balcony protected from the rain. Luckily, there are plenty of temporary and permanent solutions to suit your individual needs!