How to Affordably Turn Your Tiny Balcony Into the Summer Vacation of Your Dreams

It's easier than you think.

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Even though I have a small apartment, I’m lucky that it includes an outdoor space. And with summer coming up, I’ve been laser-focused on sprucing it up. It’s just not enough to put out some patio chairs and call it a day.

There are tons of affordable ways to really kick things up a notch. And by the end of it all, stepping out there will feel completely brand new.

The items on this list starts with the modest price tag of $4.99, and they’re pretty much guaranteed to make it seem like you’re on vacation right at home. So get ready for tons of fun in the sun this summer with these affordable buys to transform your balcony.

Change the Floors

1 inbody Acacia Wood 6-Slat Interlocking Deck Tiles

Shop Acacia Wood 6-Slat Interlocking Deck Tiles (10-Count)

Sale Price: $52.49 | Regular Price: $74.99

I originally had concrete floors on my balcony and adding a comfy rug didn’t do the trick. Thankfully, I discovered easy-to-install interlocking deck tiles that made a load of difference. World Market currently has a set of 10 on sale for around $52. Figure out your balcony dimensions and place an order ASAP.

Deal Tip: Sadly, this particular item is only available online, but if you fancy other products, you can get an extra 10% discount by opting for curbside pickup.

Opt for Privacy

Buy Laser Cut Decorative Steel Privacy Panels

Regular Price: $99.95

There’s nothing worse than nosy neighbors. Avoid this situation by putting up a privacy screen, like this stylish but budget-friendly option from Walmart for just under $100.

More Lights, Please

2 inbody 10ct Incandescent Flower Outdoor String Lights White

Shop Threshold Incandescent Flower Outdoor String Lights

Regular Price: $13

Don’t settle for the standard lighting that came with your balcony. Treat yourself to stylish outdoor string lights for less. At Target, you’ll pay only $13 for a chic floral set.

Deal Tip: To avoid delivery fees (the free shipping minimum is $35 unless you have a Target RedCard), see if these lights are available for in-store or drive-up pickup.

Color and Texture Go a Long Way

Shop Cotton Cushion Covers

Regular Price: Starting at $4.99

Remember, H&M isn’t just for clothes. It also has a home section that fits any budget and aesthetic. Due to its massive selection, H&M is one of my favorite places to shop pillow covers that can bring color and texture into any space. You can even find some for just $4.99 — what could be better than that?

Deal Tip: Join H&M’s loyalty program and receive 10% off your first order, along with extra rewards for all other purchases.

Drinks Are a Must

3 inbody YETI Roadie 20 Cooler 16 can Seafoam Green

Buy the YETI Roadie 20 Cooler

Sale Price: $159.99 | Regular Price: $199.99

You can’t enjoy the outdoors without a drink in hand. While an ice bucket will suffice, why not take things a step further with a YETI cooler that’s now on sale for $159.99 at Ace Hardware?

Deal Tip: With the cooler, you’ll automatically meet the $50 free shipping minimum, so go ahead and shop stress-free.

Related: Budget Friendly Mixers for Re-Creating Your Favorite Cocktails During Quarantine

And So Are Seats

Buy the Bungalow Rose 3-Piece Seating Group

Sale Price: $289.99 | Regular Price: $523.97

You need to have a place to sit on your patio, and Wayfair has tons of setups available that fit a variety of styles and budgets. Consider this trendy three-piece set for 45% off that will have you relaxing in no time.

Go Green

4 inbody e-Joy Artificial Planes Milan Hedge Fence Panel

Shop the e-Joy Artificial Planes Milan Hedge Fence Panel (Set of 4)

Sale Price: $30.99 ($7.75 each) | Regular Price: $35.98

Bring extra life into your balcony with a green wall. On top of furniture, Wayfair sells a set of four of these hedge fence panels for just under $31, or $7.75 each. They may be artificial, but the detail will truly make your spot stand out.

Don’t Forget About Shade

Buy the Tilting 9-Foot Outdoor Umbrella Frame And Pole

Sale Price: $35.99 | Regular Price: $59.99

It’s also important to protect yourself from the sun, so grab an umbrella. This wooden style from World Market has been marked down to $35.99, and while it doesn’t include the umbrella canopy or stand, it’s still a solid deal.

Think Beyond Summer

5 inbody Madison Park Sachi Oversized Faux-Fur Throw

Shop the Madison Park Sachi Oversized Faux-Fur Throw

Sale Price: $20.99 | Regular Price: $60

Summer will be gone in the blink of an eye. Make sure all your effort doesn’t go to waste in the colder months, and invest in faux fur blankets or maybe even a tabletop fire pit, both designed to keep you warm.

Deal Tip: The good thing is, you can find this fall and winter essential at Macy’s end-of-season clearance sales event. To get for the price above, add promo code FRIEND for an extra 30% off discount.


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Isis Briones

Isis Briones is a freelance writer who covers everything from travel to video games, fashion and everything in between. From Manhattan to Muramvya, Burundi, she's also lived all over the world. There's actually no telling where she could end up next, but she's always ready with a carry-on packed for whatever adventure comes her way.

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