Many of us live in smaller dwellings these days, whether downsizing after the nest has emptied or choosing the vibrant urban condo life. If you’re in an apartment with a tiny balcony, a townhome with a rooftop patio, or a strata house with a shared yard, you want to use every bit of outdoor space you have.
Make the Most of Eating Outside
Fresh air and sunshine make everything taste better and turn a meal into a special event. Keep a table and chairs set up on your balcony or deck so you can carry your plates outside anytime fancy strikes. Or choose a folding dinette set that is quick and easy to bring out at the last minute.
If you don’t have room for a large table, think about using secondary tables or trays for serving food and holding extra dishes.
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Take Your Visiting to the Front Porch
Instead of having your coffee in the living room when someone comes over to visit, take your guest out on the porch or patio to catch up. Sitting in the front lets you feel connected to your neighborhood — you can see what’s going on and have casual interactions with people who pass by.
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Use Your Tiny Balcony
Often small condos don’t have a lot of space for outdoor furniture, but you can almost always fit a bistro set. A compact table and a chair or two let you enjoy time outside even when you have a limited amount of room. Add some herbs and potted plants and you’ve got a mini balcony oasis.
The Teak for Two Bistro Set from EcoChic gives you all the functionality of a small-profile table and chairs for eating, entertaining, and relaxing, while also giving you the visual enjoyment of their unique reclaimed boatwood. Marine-grade teak was made for outdoor use, so there’s no need to store the Teak for Two pieces inside — just leave them set up and ready so you can use your outdoor space to the fullest.
Work Al Fresco
When you need to spend some quality time with your laptop, up the enjoyment factor by moving outside. For as long as the battery lasts, you can appreciate the sound of birdsong or falling raindrops while you make headway on your task list. Just make sure your chair is comfortable and the table doesn’t wobble.
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You may not be able to add another room inside, but when you remember to use your multipurpose outdoor space whenever the weather permits, your home will seem that much bigger.