As your career progresses, your family expands or your children grow older, there will come a time when your home needs the extra space, whether it’s for a home office, study or even a relaxing area to entertain guests. Of course, moving into a bigger home can solve this problem, but with real estate prices skyrocketing in India's urban areas, not everyone has the funds to buy a new home every few years.
In most homes, when the search begins for extra space that can be used to create an additional room or workspace, the balcony presents the only solution. If you are a home owner looking to convert your balcony, we have put together 7 design ideas for you.
Whether you want to use your balcony for extra seating for guests by opening out the living room door or just want to create an al fresco dining area, you still want it to be private. Install a partition screen like in this image to block views from the neighbour’s balcony. A natural green barrier can be created using creepers or vines to protect the area from prying eyes from nearby towers or buildings.
Do you need a quiet work space away from the noises of your children playing or home appliances being operated? Consider converting your balcony into an office. If it’s too narrow for a regular desk, get custom-made furniture, like this one, which doesn’t occupy much space.
A neglected balcony can be transformed into an outdoor bar for entertaining guests by building a bar counter with a protective roof and adding a furniture set for seating. Add decorative accessories on the wall to enhance the style of the area.
To create an all-weather room that can be used throughout the year, it’s wise to enclose the balcony with sliding glass windows. During the monsoon, the windows can be shut to use the space for watching the rain. In winter, the windows can be opened to bring in the sunshine. Get weather-resistant furniture that can withstand exposure to the natural elements when the windows are opened.
The balcony can be converted into an efficient study or home office, like in this image. All you need to do is design the layout so that it has sufficient workspace and ample storage so that it isn’t too cluttered. Don’t forget to leave space for moving around. Notice how this efficient design has a narrower floating desk counter along the wall so that it doesn’t block the passageway?
By using stylish furniture, wall cladding and a few eclectic lighting and décor accessories, you can completely change the look of your balcony so that it resembles a posh lounge. Your guests will be impressed for sure!
Whether you want a quiet corner for reading or a place to enjoy a cup of tea and relax, you can design your balcony to serve the purpose. Build wall niches for placing decorative accessories, install deck flooring and get colourful furniture – it’s as easy as that!
For ideas to add greenery indoors, see this ideabook.