A BALCONY of one's own: DIY enthusiasts transform tiny spaces

Who needs a garden? Clever DIY enthusiasts transform their tiny city balconies into stunning outdoor havens from just £10 using artificial grass, bamboo and plants

  • DIY enthusiasts have transformed their tiny balconies into mini garden havens
  • Budget alternatives such as artificial grass and bamboo for privacy are popular
  • It appears even the smallest of spaces can be made into a relaxing sanctuary

DIY enthusiasts have transformed their tiny balconies into mini garden havens using artificial grass, pots plants and fairy lights to brighten up life in lockdown. 

As the UK enters its eighth week of lockdown, people across the country have turned their hands to gardening to make the most of their small outdoor space. 

And in a bid to make the most of the sun, some have added paddling pools and even a BBQ grill to create a mini staycation from the comfort of their balcony. 

By using clever DIY hacks and budget alternatives, it appears even the smallest of spaces can be made into a relaxing sanctuary. 

Here, FEMAIL has collated the best balcony transformations during lockdown. 

Selina, 40, and Scott O’Shea, 44, from Kingston

Budget: £100 


Parents Selina and Scott, from Surrey, decided to transform their drab balcony (left) with bright colours, grass and even a paddling pool while in lockdown for under £100

Selina said: ‘We’ve even managed to create a Mrs Hinch-style BBQ with a George foreman grill out there!’

Parents Selina and Scott, from Surrey, decided to transform their balcony with bright colours and even a paddling pool while in lockdown.

She told FEMAIL: ‘We literally did it on a budget of about less than £100. Everything was either eBay or Amazon.’

Speaking about their decision to transform the space, Selina said: ‘I’m in the vulnerable group that has to stay at home for 12 weeks and was getting really depressed. 

‘We also have a little girl, Freya-Rose, who is six and she wanted her own space to play in.’

She added: ‘We’ve even managed to create a Mrs Hinch-style BBQ with a George Foreman grill out there!’   

Selina said: ‘I can’t actually get out there without lots of help as we are waiting for a wheelchair friendly place to become available. 

‘There is a big step to get onto the balcony but it’s nice to sit out there occasionally.’ 

She continued: ‘My daughter makes the most use out of it as an extra playroom and enjoys to eat her lunch there. 

‘I can see it from the where I sit and it’s beautiful to see.’ 

Vikki Townsend, from Swindon

Budget:  £50


BEFORE: Vikki created her pot plants for her balcony (left). AFTER: Vikki transformed her space into a ‘magical’ haven

Posting on the Facebook page, Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Group, Vikki said: ‘I live in a flat with no outside space’

Vikki revealed how she transformed her ‘ugly’ Juliet balcony into a ‘mini garden’ with the addition of fairy lights, hanging plants to provide a ‘magical’ space in lockdown. 

Posting on the Facebook page, Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Group, she said: ‘I live in a flat with no outside space which has been very hard in lockdown. We have turned our tiny ugly metal Juliet balcony into a mini garden. 

‘It has brought lots of joy and fun using it to recreate picnics, balcony dinners and a cocktail bar. I hope this inspires people that even a very small space can become magical.’

Vikki placed plant pots along the balcony railings before adding a table and candles to create a relaxing space to play cards and share a glass of wine while in lockdown.  

Laura Winning, from Kirkintilloch, Scotland

Budget: £45 


Laura Winning, from Kirkintilloch, Scotland, brightened up her outdoor space (seen left, before, and right, afterwards) with some tiles and new monochrome cushions to match

The beach-hut inspired look was posted on the UK Facebook page, Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It Facebook page 

Laura brightened up her balcony with a mosaic floor to create a tile effect. 

The beach-hut inspired look was posted on the UK Facebook page, Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It, with Laura writing: ‘I laid a new floor on my balcony this morning – what do you think?’

The DIY enthusiast, shared a before and after picture of her outdoor space with Laura creating a few simple changes to transform her balcony. 

Laura added some nautical cushions, lanterns and flowers to provide a relaxing sanctuary from the comfort of her own home. 

Amy Natasha, 28, from Essex

Budget: £10 


Amy Natasha, from Essex, created a cosy seating area on her mini balcony for just £10 by re-using cushions and finding supermarket bargains. Seen left ,before, and right, afterwards

Amy created a cosy seating area on her mini balcony for just £10 by re-using cushions and finding supermarket bargains. 

She revealed how she used bargains from Poundstretcher to create shade using the bamboo and to provide to shield from the wind. 

She told FEMAIL: ‘It’s nice to sit out with a blanket without the wind hitting you – it gets so windy!’  

Amy added: ‘My partner got the the pallets and grass for free. He then made me the chair out of pallets while the bamboo was from Poundstretcher for under £10. 

‘The two floral cushions were from TK Maxx which I have had for a year now and the nude cushions were from The Range.’

Hailey Rafferty, from Hatfield, Hertfordshire 


Hailey Rafferty, from Hatfield,  painted two tables in pale pink and blue before adding grass, a pot plant and a lantern to create a cosy outdoor space (right) to spice up the space (before left)

Posting on the DIY On a Budget UK Facebook group , Hailey said: ‘In the process of upgrading my balcony, added bamboo and artificial grass and up-cycled a couple of old tables into outdoor tables.’

Hailey Rafferty, from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, shared her balcony transformation which she revealed is still an ongoing process. 

Posting on the DIY On a Budget UK Facebook group, Hailey said: ‘In the process of upgrading my balcony, added bamboo and artificial grass and up-cycled a couple of old tables into outdoor tables.’

The customer service assistant added: ‘In love with my little garden so far!’ 

Hailey painted two tables in pale pink and blue before adding a pot plant and a lantern to create a cosy outdoor space.  

Julie Goodall, 47, from Chatham, Kent

Budget: £150 


Julie, from from Chatham, Kent, shared her Moroccan balcony (left). She used colourful cushions and wall prints to create a mini haven to enjoy a drink in the evening (right) 

Julie revealed her Moroccan-inspired balcony using hanging lanterns and colourful cushions

Julie revealed her Moroccan-inspired balcony using hanging lanterns and colourful cushions. 

She told FEMAIL: ‘We started work on the balcony last September but decided to finish it during lockdown as we knew we needed somewhere to enjoy a drink with the pubs being shut! 

‘It’s lovely lit up at night and was cheap to do after we bought the tiles last year in the sale from B&Q with the decorating costing £150.’ 

The pictures show an assortment of coloured lanterns placed a different heights along with miniature paintings to create an idyllic setting. 

Michaela Jane Spencer, 34, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Budget: £18.99 


BEFORE: Michaela posted her peeling metal balcony (left). AFTER: The mother-of-two added colourful string lights and pot plants

Speaking to FEMAIL, Michaela said: ‘This balcony is our only bit of outside space and my little girl said she really wanted a garden to grow flowers’

Michaela was inspired by her children to transform her shared outdoor balcony into a colourful area teach her children about gardening by growing an array of plants.

Speaking to FEMAIL, she said: ‘This balcony is our only bit of outside space and my little girl said she really wanted a garden to grow flowers. 

‘So I thought I’m going to do what I can with what we’ve got and we have really been enjoying it.’ 

The mother-of-two posted on the UK Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It Facebook page: ‘My little girl said the other day how she’s wishes she had a garden… 

‘Knowing we will be spending the summer on our communal balcony, I decided to make us a little space to watch things grow.’ 

She added: ‘So I got an amazing response to my little balcony makeover so my twins could have some sort of garden.

‘I just wanted to post the final result as I’m over the moon and can not wait to spend time with my kids enjoying our flowers and plants this summer. So here it is start to finish.’ 

In a series of pictures, Michaela revealed how she transformed the balcony by re-painting the metal railings and adding a rainbow of colourful pots plants with a flower garland. 

Michaela also added bamboo for privacy along with string lights and artificial flowers. 

She revealed how the set of ten pots were bought from eBay for £18.99 which she aims to fill with sunflowers, daisies and cress.

Beckie Watts, 35, from Southend-on-Sea


BEFORE: Beckie used the space for storage (left). AFTER: Her children enjoying a picnic in their new ‘indoor garden’ (right)

The ‘indoor garden’ is complete with artificial grass, decking and even some plants to teach her children gardening

The mother-of-two transformed a storage space in her flat into a picnic area for her children. 

She told FEMAIL: ‘I am isolating with my two-year-old and six-year-old and transforming the space has made a big difference to us. 

‘While it is still not quite the same as being in a real garden, an indoor garden is better than no garden at all. 

Pictures reveal the narrow storage space converted in an ‘indoor garden’ using artificial grass, decking and plants.

The innovative mother has also used the space as a picnic area for her children to enjoy while in lockdown.  

Beckie added how she is saving to complete the mini space which she hopes will be completed in a few weeks.   

Maggie Green, from Scotland


 Maggie Green, from Scotland, revealed her balcony after a lick of paint and accessories. She pictured the balcony at night with twinkling fairy lights and candles

The mother revealed how she was looking forward to chilling in the outdoor space ahead of her daughter’s 18th birthday

Maggie shared her sweet balcony pictures after giving the space a lick of paint before adding shelves and fairy lights. 

The mother revealed how she was looking forward to chilling in the outdoor space ahead of her daughter’s 18th birthday. 

Maggie shared pictures of her pretty balcony which included a wooden table of chairs with yellow cushions. 

The DIY enthusiast also added shelving to showcase pot plants with a miniature French Bulldog statue.  

Kirsty Grace Milan, from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex


Kirsty Grace Milan, from Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, shared her stunning balcony transformation. She added a lantern and glass table to complete the look

Kirsty shared her balcony space after she revealed how it was covered in ‘pigeon poo’ before the transformation

Kirsty, 22, shared her balcony space after she revealed how it was covered in ‘pigeon poo’ before the transformation. 

The DIY enthusiast described how the little garden haven only took three days to clean and decorate with Kirsty adding a lantern, artificial grass and a pot plant to complete the look. 

Posting on the UK Facebook page, DIY On a Budget Official, the mother-of-one wrote: ‘Our little balcony is finally finished! Bamboo round the glass to give a little privacy! 

‘Three days ago this balcony was covered in pigeon poo and wasn’t clean! So so happy!’  

IKEA’s top tips for balconies 

Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK and Ireland, told Femail: ‘With the UK facing increased amounts of time indoors during lockdown, it’s great to see people getting creative and redecorating their homes. 

‘Those with outside space, no matter how small, can take this opportunity and use the space to its full potential – whether that’s working outside or spending time together with those at home. By adding plants and being creative with storage, you can create a cosy space you won’t want to leave. Tips on beautifying a small balcony…

1. Add plants

Grouping plants together increases the feeling of nature coming to life in the space. For example, you can place potted plants of all shapes and sizes on the SALLADSKÅL stand.

2. Be creative with your furniture

From stackable stools, to extendable tables, there are many stylish pieces of furniture that won’t jeopardise your space. The SALTHOLMEN set of table and chairs are lightweight and easy to move around. If you need extra seating, the ÄPPLARÖ bench is also great because it’s compact and has plenty of storage under the lid.

3. Double-use storage

When it comes to storage in a small space save floor space by thinking up, not out! Open shelves, such as the KOLBJÖRN storage units, allow for storage to double as a display unit and create a more personal and inviting balcony.

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