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Balconies are super tricky: they can be bare and cold, and feel less than welcoming. But, if you’re short on outdoor space, they can quickly become the perfect place to soak in some rays, even in the big city. While throwing a random lawn chair out there will do the trick in a pinch, here are three ways to create a true sanctuary out of your super-small balcony space.

Create a Container Garden

Your bare metal balcony needs some life, even in the concrete jungle! Here’s a secret: there are tons of planter options for small spaces, including some that literally hook over a balcony railing. The possibilities are endless! You can plant container gardens of all shapes and sizes. Take advantage of plant stands with plenty of pots and a small footprint, like this one designed to fit perfectly in a corner. Herbs, annuals, even taller grasses can help provide screening for your sanctuary.

Build a Bench

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It can be hard to fit enough seating into a small balcony, but we’re loving the idea of using your entire space by creating a bench seating area. You could wrap it around a corner to incorporate a small table, or just create a luxurious lounge space with plenty of pillows and cushions. You could purchase some funky benches made of rattan or teak, or even just build your own using some wood and cinder blocks (we love a good DIY as much as the next person). Add a side table to set your drink on and plenty of lighting and you’ve suddenly created a totally fabulous retreat in a tiny space.

Punch up the Parisian Vibes

If you’re a traditionalist, there’s no better balcony inspiration than the city that’s synonymous with the bistro table. Bistro table sets come in all shapes and sizes, so pick one to your liking and use it as the centerpiece of your balcony design. We love a round table for it’s versatility, and the folding chairs let you make room for activities if you need it. Pair a classic metal bistro set with string lights, plenty of plants, and a glass of wine for the ultimate in simple luxury.

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