I’ll be the first to admit, I really had no idea or huge interest in making our patio a space we would enjoy. It was always an afterthought for us because we thought the space was small and there wasn’t much we could do. Wow, were we wrong! I got the opportunity to partner with At Home on Instagram to share how we were able to make an apartment patio into an oasis. We were also able to put together this entire space for less than $500! We have spent more time on the patio in the past 10 days than the entire time we’ve lived in this apartment.
ADD COMFY SEATING
Let’s face it: apartment balconies or patios are small and usually awkwardly sized. You can most likely kiss buying a standard size rug goodbye. You’ll need a tape measure and make sure to measure twice! Ours was 55″ deep, so I scoured At Home’s site to find a bench or settee that’ll fit that space. Most people put their seating the other way, but I quickly learned we could get more out of our space by putting our seating this direction. This gray wicker settee is the perfect size and even fit into my Honda Accord! To soften it up, we got this light and bright cushion with a herringbone pattern. It’s comfy, plush and great for keeping me and Johnny comfy!
To accessorize, I got a matching back cushion and blue throw pillow to add a pop of color. If you want, you can also add a chair or two to add more seating or an outdoor pouf! I brought in a striped throw for chilly nights but bring it inside when we’re done using it since it’s not meant for outdoors.
CREATE A SPOT FOR FOOD & DRINKS
Our apartment balcony isn’t the biggest space, so having a big coffee table or table isn’t an option. We loved the sleek look of this metal table and it’s big enough for holding our cups, small plates and napkins. Plus, it’ll be perfect as a side table in our new house when we move and add more patio furniture. There were other options but we really wanted to prioritize making our balcony feel bigger and have room to walk around.
Another recommendation is to use plastic dinnerware and cups. We happened to have our glass glasses for our iced coffees but if you want things to be foolproof, I’d recommend plastic!
ACCESSORIZE THE SPACE
The finishing touches can always make or break a space. We are accessorizing with planters and some plastic lanterns to really add texture and some life, literally. I love this white modern white planter for our real snake plants. We still kept them inside their plastic watering planters but love how we can fit them inside these white ones perfectly. It just makes it so much easier for watering, etc.
I love the look of lanterns when it comes to outdoor spaces, so these plastic ones were perfect for our apartment patio. They are battery-operated, have silicone on the bottom and you can’t break them! Johnn also put up some string lights on our balcony railing to make it whimsical at night.