How to Maximize your Condo’s Patio Space
Ah, condo patios—that beautiful little slice of outdoors in the sky, the oasis built into your urban home. An oasis that can quickly become overrun with pots of neglected plants, mismatched garden furniture, and bikes waiting to be stored.
When you first move into a condo, the patio seems filled with limitless possibilities. But if you’re not careful, it’s easy to start using the space as a form of fresh air storage. Follow these steps to make sure you get the most of your condo’s balconies and outdoors spaces.
Pick Your Priorities
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Curation is key when it comes to condos. While it can be tempting to try to pack furnishings for all seasons into your outside living space, focusing on your preferred balcony activities can ensure your patio remains airy and functional. Take this penthouse suite with its long terrace: the focus has been placed on enjoying the property’s outdoor hot tub and ocean-view, with lounging as a complementary pastime.
Before you invest in patio furniture, review your priorities: are you a morning balcony tea-drinker? An afternoon book-lounger? A master chef at the grill? Ensure your design choices suit your tastes by homing in on your personal take on patio living.
Once you’ve decided on your balcony’s primary purpose, you can begin the process of tailoring your existing layout—or start over from scratch. Bespoke patio solutions are just an update away.
Good-quality, weather-resistant table and chairs are the foundation of patio style for the outdoor diner. If your dining party is likely to shrink and expand depending on the day, aim for pieces that can be easily moved—shifting wrought iron deck chairs can become onerous over time. If your strata permits barbecues, this is the time to bring your hearth fires outdoors.
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For a party-ready patio, forego a dining table and chairs in favour of outdoor sofas and armchairs where everyone can gather. Pair with a bar trolley and a trendy plant or two, and make sure there’s somewhere for people to safely put their drinks down—end tables can add some indoor flair to your exterior soirées.
Curling Up with a Good Book
Whether you like to start your day with a little quiet time or you tend to take a moment first thing after work, your patio can act as a perfect book nook. Source the most luxurious loungers you can find, add a few fragrant plants, and punctuate with an end table and you’re ready to relax with your book and a hot drink.
Whether your patio is covered with an overhang or open to the sky, soft furnishings are not beyond your reach. Weatherproof cushions can be left to fend for themselves; for more permeable items, invest in a chic outdoor storage bin to hide blankets and pillows from the elements. The opportunities for plush additions are endless: go elevated boho with a Persian rug and a leather pouf, or hone in on coziness with a selection of oversized pillows and wooly throws for cool evenings.
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Add some plants to your outdoor space to invoke the feeling of a garden full of flowers, even from the 4th floor. Being short on space doesn’t mean you can’t add a little flora - it just means you may need to get creative! Line your railings with potted plants for a little extra privacy, or check out your local garden store for some hanging baskets.
A well-designed condo patio is one that invites you out—whether that’s for a quiet moment with your coffee, a summer brunch, or a sparkling evening with friends. With comfortable furniture, a considered layout, and pitch-perfect lighting, you can ensure your patio soars.
Bonus: Our Top Tips for Small Outdoor Spaces
Sketch out your space to scale, and use it to map out your patio configuration before you make any new purchases.
A small patio doesn’t mean you need small things—nobody really sits on those tiny metal folding chairs. One or two full-size furnishings can make any space feel grand.
Invest in furniture that can do double duty. Many patio tables and benches come with built-in storage.
This article was initially published on August 13, 2018 and adapted to the Conyers and Associates Blog August 18, 2020