How to give spring a head start on your balcony
Spring is around the corner, and your balcony is the perfect place to greet it. See how you can make it work for a range of everyday activities – and easily go between chores and me time.
The workspace: laundry with a breath of fresh air
In a different setting, housework can become a new experience altogether. A glass-enclosed balcony combines an outdoor sense with an ideal space for washing clothes. Arrange a corner where you have all you need within reach – including a view.
A wall-mounted helping hand
When every inch counts, space-efficiency is crucial. If a foldaway drying rack isn’t enough, a hanging carousel with retractable arms comes in handy for drying small items. Also, it’s easy to bring inside when needed.
The built-in dryer above
The ceiling is often overlooked as a functional surface. Fitted with clothes rails, however, its value comes in plain view. Let your laundry hang dry in neat rows, or use textile or curtains to section space off. And when they’re not in use, they’re not in the way.
Most balconies have strict space limitations, but a bit of planning combined with flexible furniture make it possible to both have room for storage and easily shift between activities.”
Maila Halme, IKEA interior designer
The everyday nook: your pop-up place in the sun
Naturally, a balcony isn’t limited to being a wash house. With foldable or wheeled furniture, you can swiftly arrange for another activity. Like first-row seats when the first days of spring arrive, or a breakfast spot to enjoy the first light of a new day.
The makeshift side table
When space is scarce, a table can inhibit mobility. A pair of hooks can do the job just as well and still double as both laundry hangers and shelf.
Make room for more moods
Curtaining off parts of the balcony creates room for different moods. Also, it lets you slide laundry and other chores out of sight in an instant.
Pack a picnic, step outside
Make an event of basking in your personal outdoor spot. A small basket lets you take all you need in one go and helps heighten the moment.
The recreation spot: let a hobby light up your day
By early spring, a balcony can be the most precious place. Don’t stop at laundry and breakfast – make it a hobby corner as well! Set up a sunlit gardening station with a trolley, accessories and plants. Hang some tea towels nearby for easy wipes, and you’re good to go.
Your mobile plant spa
Set your seedlings off to a good start with some daily attention. A basket with a nurturing kit makes it easy to do the rounds.
Space to create space
With furniture that folds or rolls out of the way, clearing space takes little effort. Also, get the rug out of the way before the home gardener is let loose.
The trolley and the tray
For an on-and-off activity like gardening, loading everything on a wheeled trolley increases flexibility. An extra tray helps to easily manage run-off soil.
Interior designer: Maila Halme
Photographer: Thommy Bengtsson
Writer: Henrik Annemark