How often the balcony turns into something like a barn or a closet. It is there that the somehow unnecessary things are stored, which have become superfluous in the rest of the apartment or house — perhaps, it will come in handy someday. But the balcony can be a full-fledged room where it is pleasant to spend time.
There are examples of placement on the balcony:
- зимнего сейчас,
- children's playroom
- dining room
Of course, you should not abandon the equipment on the balcony of storage sites, if they are needed, just do it carefully and carefully. With success, the balcony can be turned into:
It is important to think about the design of the balcony outside and inside, because its appearance should be presentable not only for your eyes, but also for the eyes of passersby, your neighbors and guests.
Before taking any action to transform the balcony, does not interfere with asking about the condition of the balcony plate. That is what determines your initial capabilities. It may need to be repaired, i.e. fill screed, or more drastic solutions. We have already mentioned that you can organize on the balcony, now let's take a closer look at each of the 12 ideas for decorating the balcony.
When arranging the winter garden on the balcony, you must immediately kill two birds with one stone: create suitable conditions for the plants and not forget about your own comfort and aesthetic pleasure. Remember that plants may need additional warming, moisturizing and lighting. For a greenhouse, any heated balcony with warm glazing is suitable.
Recommendations for plants are as follows:
- The choice of plants depends on how high the temperature can be maintained in winter.
- Plants should not block each other, everyone should have enough light.
- With the help of the backlight you can highlight important compositional elements.
- The type of plants must comply with the features of natural light. As you know, there are light-loving plants and shade-loving. If during the day the balcony is illuminated by too bright sunshine, it is necessary to hang blinds or curtains on the windows in order to regulate the luminous flux.
- If flowering plants are chosen, it is better to pick those that bloom at different times.
- Plants can be grouped around a single large one or supplemented with a composition of plants in hanging baskets, which makes it possible to competently use the space on a small balcony.
- If the place is very small, put a cache-pot or make a vertical garden.
If we talk about the interior design, in which the plants fit, then it can correspond to different styles. Relatively often, a winter garden on the balcony is designed in accordance with the country, classical and Japanese style, hi-tech, modern or make it look like a wild garden. You can understand the features of the design on the photo:
Quite often in the winter garden on the balcony there is wicker furniture, for example, a rocking chair. Wicker texture looks good in combination with green plants. Natural materials such as wood and stone are used for decoration. If there is enough space on the balcony, you can decorate it with additional elements, for example, small garden sculptures or set a table for tea drinking.
Video: winter garden on the balcony
On the balcony or loggia, you can equip a full-fledged cabinet - this solution is quite popular.
Cabinet делают только на утепленном и остекленном балконе, причем остекленном не как-нибудь, а с помощью стеклопакетов. От того, будет ли кабинет изолированным или присоединенным к комнате, зависят некоторые детали: во-первых, уровень звукоизоляции, во-вторых, функциональность, в-третьих, необходимость отопления на балконе.
Bringing the battery, working from the central heating, to the balcony is not allowed by law. Often the problem of heating is solved by installing a heated electric floor.
Video: remaking the balcony into a cozy room
Recommendations for the design of the cabinet on the balcony:
- Choose discreet pastel colors or not too dark warm shades. Do not perform finishing with bright and saturated colors: they will distract from the work, cause stress.
- Lighting of the working area should be sufficient, often use spot lighting, complementing it with mobile lights with fasteners-clothespins. It is desirable to make it so that it was not sent to the room, especially if the balcony and the room are combined. If the cabinet is insulated, then it is better to hang blinds or thick curtains on the windows so that the light from the cabinet does not prevent the household from sleeping if it is necessary to work late in the evening or at night.
- Paint, plaster, plastic panels, clapboard or decorative stone are used as finishing materials for walls (the finishing weight will be significant, so when finishing the whole balcony with a stone, reinforcement of the slab will be required, as a compromise you can finish one of the narrow walls, for example, where stand desk. On the floor you can put linoleum, laminate or tile - it all depends on the chosen style. By the way, for the design of the cabinet on the balcony often choose the classic style, hi-tech, loft, eco-style. If the balcony is attached to the room, it must be made in the same style and color.
- Furniture for the study on the balcony should choose a simple, but functional, with comfortable, but not bulky drawers. There should be a place for office equipment, books and manuals, documents, stationery.
Sometimes on the balcony they organize both an office and a recreation area at the same time.
Organizing a gym on the balcony will have to face some difficulties, and the main snag is the limited space. Here you can practice on simulators, yoga and meditation. If you train on simulators, not every simulator will fit on a narrow balcony or loggia, in addition, you must take into account the load on the balcony slab. For example, a treadmill for a regular balcony would be a bit heavy. Can be installed on the balcony wall of the Swedish - the best place at the end wall. However, do not clutter the space with sports equipment, leave a free zone for warm-ups and exercises on the floor.
For the design of the gym on the balcony choose natural colors, for example, beige, green, blue. Natural materials are also relevant as finishing: wallpaper, cork, plaster. You can put a laminate floor on the floor, a cork, in the area of the Swedish wall a hard mat. The situation should be minimalistic, so that nothing complicates the classes and does not fall due to careless movements.
Especially good in the gym should be considered ventilation. Opening sash should not interfere with sports equipment.
Video: how to make a gym on the balcony cheap
Perhaps a better place than a balcony or loggia for a library is difficult to come up with, even a small space does not interfere, but, on the contrary, is beneficial. Here you can retire and relax comfortably. It is very simple to equip the library on a loggia and, if it is already insulated and glazed, it will take very little time and effort to do this. The most necessary details: a bookcase, and better a rack - one or more, which can be placed near the end walls or in the corners, depending on what the layout of the balcony and where the blank walls are located comfortable chair or sofa, depending on what is available, based on the dimensions of the room. Not be superfluous and a place for snacking. To this end, you can install a small table, build a windowsill or make a folding tabletop.
Video: how to make a folding table on the balcony
The choice of finishing materials is extremely wide and depends on your taste, it is preferable to choose neutral colors for finishing.
Children's play room
In principle, the requirements for the design of the game room on the balcony are the same as for the design of the nursery in any room. It is necessary to choose natural eco-friendly materials and think about the safety of the child, which is especially important in view of the limited space and proximity of the window. It is recommended to put the lattice on the windows and make it so that the child could not open the window by himself.
Despite the small space, a balcony or loggia should somehow be divided into zones, providing space for playing on the floor, storing toys and quiet games, such as drawing or modeling. To prevent the child from hitting once more during active games, use soft materials such as cork to finish the walls and floor.
The design of the game room must be bright and cheerful.
Video: children's room project on a small loggia
One of the most radical examples of balcony re-equipment is the kitchen. Such a decision may arise if you want to make a dining room from the room where the kitchen used to be, or if you plan to qualitatively change the destination, turning it into a bedroom or children's room, for example. If you plan a radical transfer of the kitchen to the balcony, be prepared for the fact that you have to bring not only electricity to the balcony, but also sewers with running water. It is with this that there may be difficulties, both technically and legally, as if you try to legitimize redevelopment, you can get a categorical refusal, or you will have to go for long periods of time.
The gas stove in any case can not be installed on the balcony.
The pipes can be hidden in the floor, however, most likely, the floor will have to be raised significantly, as the pipes should be placed under a slope. Electrical cable can be laid in the grooves or an external cable channel, and the cable itself should be of sufficient cross section to avoid overheating and unpleasant consequences, because there are many electrical appliances in the kitchen. One electric kettle is worth something.
Furniture for the kitchen, choose small and built-in. In such a kitchen you can place a small sink, a two-stove electric stove, even a refrigerator with a dining area. Especially successful decision when the removal of the balcony on the window sill is done and the wide window sill becomes the dining table. The set can be located both at the end wall and the letter "G". You can place the lower cabinets around the perimeter, then there will be plenty of space for storing a variety of kitchen utensils.
Washable materials should be selected for wall decoration. As for the ceiling, the best option would be a tension design.
Video: combining a loggia with a kitchen
If the kitchen with a balcony, it is advisable to make a dining room from the balcony, and expand the working area in the kitchen due to the resulting free space.
- The kitchen can be either combined with a balcony or left in rooms isolated. Combining the kitchen and balcony, like any redevelopment, will have to be legalized. Specify in advance whether it is possible to demolish the balcony partition and dismantle the window, in many houses this part of the wall serves as a carrier.
- So that the furniture does not interfere with the opening of the door, it is most convenient to replace it with a sliding one.
- The balcony should be sufficiently insulated, all the gaps are sealed to avoid drafts.
In general, on the balcony you can organize a cozy dining room, where it will be nice to eat at any time of the year. It is appropriate to make the design of the dining room and kitchen in the same style.
It would seem, what a sauna on the balcony. But if you wish, this idea can be implemented. Ready-made small saunas for balconies in unassembled form are sold, however, the size of the balcony will have to be customized for such constructions, you may have to expand it. You can make a sauna yourself, using individual sizes. The size of the sauna should be at least 80 * 80 cm in width and length and 2.1 m in height, otherwise it will be extremely uncomfortable.
Finishing the balcony, if there is a sauna, can be carried out using both wood and plastic, glass. The tree, of course, will look more authentic. You can use the lining or even blockhouse.
Still, the main requirements for the balcony are not design, but technical - this is good insulation, ventilation and properly supplied electricity for connecting an electric stove.
Video: sauna on the balconies
As soon as people do not go out of cramped living conditions, even a bedroom on the balcony is organized. Why are there "even", this is one of the most popular solutions. The main problem is the narrow space, so a double bed on many balconies and loggias will not work.
Thinking through the design of the bedroom on the balcony, you need to carefully select the bed. You can order a finished version. It is best to make the bed on the entire width of the balcony - it is convenient. Conservatives can choose traditional beds, many will like the bed with a folding mechanism, and amateur masters can make the bed themselves. It's simple. It will only be necessary to knock down the frame of the timber, sheathe it on top with plywood and put a mattress. You can make a small side of the same plywood to the mattress did not move. That's all. And under an improvised bed you can store something, for example, in drawers. There is no place to put bedside tables, except for one in the legs, if the length permits, but a window sill or shelves on the wall at the head can play its role.
As for the finish, in view of the close space of the materials, you should choose light colors, they will visually make the room a little wider. Lighting can be point. Do not give up and dimmed lighting, which will create a romantic atmosphere. Enough will be two wall lights.
Remember that a balcony and a loggia are places where there is a lot of light. If you don't want to wake up with roosters, then install window blinds on the windows or hang thick curtains.
Obligatory stage of the organization of the bedroom on the balcony is high-quality insulation, sound insulation, and of course the installation of heating, of course.
This is what, and the toilet on the balcony is an unexpected laugh. But those who are in cramped housing conditions, for example, live in a communal apartment, are definitely not funny. Of course, no one will allow you to use the toilet on the balcony according to the law. But if you have already decided, then think about a good hydro, sound insulation, as well as how the sewage pipe will pass.
There is nothing more traditional than the conversion of a balcony into a closet. Just do not need to store the trash, even such a utilitarian function of the balcony can be beaten beautifully. We must hide everything behind the cabinet doors so that nothing spoils the look, and the remaining free space can be finished to your liking. Cabinets can be with sliding doors with high-tech photo printing or Provence with hinged doors. Consider how the shelves will be located. Here you can store seasonal items, sports equipment. As for the design, there is no limit to the imagination. It is quite possible to combine the storage room with a seating area: put a table, a couple of comfortable chairs (chairs) or a small sofa, which, by the way, can be like this:
You can expand the window sill and make a bar counter out of it and put bar stools - this option is relevant for balconies adjacent to the kitchen, and in this case cupboards can be stored in the cupboards.
Video: how to make a wardrobe on the balcony
On the balcony can be made dressing room, you can combine dressing room and the same pantry. The dressing room is equipped with either closed cabinets or an open storage system. If the second is chosen, then it is necessary to protect things from light with the help of blinds or curtains, otherwise they will burn out.
Video: built-in wardrobes for a dressing room on the balcony
It is clear that the balcony with glazing is more functional than without it. In the summer, you can shut off dust, precipitation and insects, in winter you can maintain a comfortable temperature, however, it depends on what type of glazing you choose. There are two main types of glazing: cold and warm.
Выполняет такие же функции, что и теплое, за исключением аккумуляции тепла. Из-за конструктивных особенностей холодное остекление не может обеспечить достаточную герметизацию, поэтому тепло просто выдувается сквозняком. Glazing холодного типа может быть алюминиевым или пластиковым. Второе окажется более теплым, хотя комфортной температуры на балконе зимой в мороз все равно не будет. Металлы отличаются высокой проводимостью холода и тепла, а алюминий, как известно, к ним и относится. Этим объясняется отчасти главный и единственный недостаток алюминиевых конструкций.
For subspecies of cold aluminum glazing include frameless glazing, which looks very modern. Thanks to the frameless glazing, you can organize a panoramic view, because no frames and lintels will be in sight. Yes, and to give up fresh air in the summer will not have to, because the sash move, hiding one after the other.
Video: frameless glass mounting technology
The aluminum glazing has a number of advantages:
- Fully eco-friendly.
- The design is lightweight, which allows you to install glazing without fear on the balconies with the removal. Usually no serious work is needed to strengthen the parapet.
- It is easy to care for the glazing - it is necessary to lubricate the rollers and keep the glass clean, which goes without saying.
You will have to sacrifice only the possibility of joining a balcony or loggia to the room, as well as noise insulation: no tightness - no sound insulation.
Plastic cold glazing (sliding type) will provide a higher level of tightness and sound insulation, but this will still not be enough for a comfortable stay on the balcony all year round.
This glazing is carried out using metal structures. If you install a warm glazing and insulate the balcony, then it will be possible to maintain the same temperature as in the apartment at any time of the year. This type of glazing is necessary if it is decided to attach a balcony or a loggia to a room or organize a functional room there, and a double-glazed window will provide the best thermal and noise insulation.
The advantages of warm metal-plastic glazing:
- Excellent thermal insulation.
- Modern look.
- Sufficient insulation.
- Easy care.
- Massiveness, which makes it impossible to install metal-plastic structures without additional reinforcement, especially if the balcony is old or old. Capital works, up to replacement of a balcony plate can be required.
- Condensate in the cold season. Here it is - the other side of the same coin. Noise isolation is good, but due to excessive tightness of steam, which is formed in the room, is not removed, because there is simply no natural ventilation. As a result, there is a high risk of mold and mildew.
- High price.
Separately, it should be said about the panoramic glazing - fashion trends of recent years. It looks like this:
It can be plastic, and aluminum, and frameless.
Obviously, with a panoramic glazing, the degree of illumination of both the balcony and the adjoining room significantly increases, for example, if you remove the balcony unit and make a sliding door with the same panoramic glazing.
Among the advantages, we note that:
- finishing and insulation of the fence are no longer required, which means that some of the problems have already been solved;
- visually increases the space.
But there are also disadvantages:
- High price.
- The lack of barriers to sunlight.
- Depending on the design, it may be difficult to wash the windows.
- Viewable from the street. If you see more, then passers-by also see more. By the way, the lower part of the panoramic glazing is sometimes mirrored or obscured. Technological solutions are also possible, such as electrochromic glass, which makes it possible to change the light transmittance using the control panel, as well as energy-saving glass, which retains infrared rays.
Above we talked only about aluminum and metal-plastic constructions, but no one ignores the wooden glazing, in some cases wood is even more appropriate than metal and plastic. Yes, and with the environmental friendliness of the tree does not compare either one to the other. It is important that the wooden glazing is suitable for both cold and warm glazing. Just in one case, insert simple glass, and in the other - double-glazed windows.
If you take care of the wooden glazing correctly, it can serve for more than 20 years.
Interesting finishing ideas
Not to mention the interesting ideas of finishing the balcony. Traditionally for finishing of a balcony use lining and plastic panels. Such options are the most common, but in them, of course, there is no zest.
We suggest using photo ideas from the selection below. These are interesting variants of the embodiment of some style trends in the decoration and decor of the balcony.
Finishing the balcony inside
In terms of balcony design, several styles are interesting.
Mediterranean style. This is a simple and functional style that uses natural light colors and natural materials: wood, stone, glass, ceramics. The highlight of the finish can be a drawing on wet plaster. In other words, the fresco.
Country Rustic style has many varieties. But the essence boils down to one thing: a cozy atmosphere of a rural house is created. Used a lot of textiles with small floral pattern or cage, lace. The colors are light bleached or natural wood. Unusual finish inside - unedged board or slab. In Provence style pergola will be appropriate along the wall for climbing plants.
Japanese style. A distinctive feature of Japanese culture is a reverent attitude to bamboo, so bamboo wallpaper when creating an interior in the Japanese style on the balcony will be to the point.
Moroccan style. The highlight of the Moroccan style is a special Zeleezh tile, which is folded into small and fancy ornaments. That she can finish the walls of the balcony, if you ask to create an interior in the Moroccan style.
Loft. As you know, the interior in the style of a loft must somehow resemble a former factory or warehouse. The walls should look as if they were not processed. Therefore, they trim the clinker brick. Demonstration of any metal mechanisms and art objects is appropriate. Even if it is an old sewing machine.
If the balcony parapet is concrete, then siding, plastic panels, and a profile sheet are used to finish it outside.
Interesting new material - flexible ceramic tiles, it is well suited for finishing the balcony outside, because it weighs little and is easily glued. It is eco-friendly and easy to use.
If the balcony fence metal and already looks unattractive, you can dismantle it and install the forged railings on the balcony.
Balcony furniture and decor
If you want the balcony to be really comfortable, then you can not do without furniture and decor. What can be on the balcony?
Table and a pair of chairs. You will definitely need to have a cup of coffee or a snack in the morning, breathing fresh air. With a limited balcony space, choose folding furniture, you can put it in the closet and make the balcony spacious. The interior of the balcony organically looks rattan furniture and wicker furniture.
Bench. If your balcony has a small garden, place a bench there: wrought-iron or wooden. Landscape style is now in fashion.
Sofa. Want more comfort? Then choose a sofa, it is not necessary to buy an expensive sofa for a balcony, but also to pull out the old one to anything. Much more interesting on the balcony will look a sofa of pallets with bright cushions instead of a seat and backrest.
Hammock. Exit, if there is no place to put a sofa, but I want to lie on the balcony.
Shelzon. If all of the above is not to your liking, then choose a deck chair. And you can take a nap, and sunbathe, taking a comfortable position of the body.
Pillows and Puffs. If desired, you can completely abandon the furniture, lay pillows on the floor and make a balcony a place for holding tea ceremonies.
Whatnot. It is very convenient to arrange pots with flowers on the shelf. Designs can be the simplest or performed in a particular style. The main thing is that it is sustainable.
The decor on the balcony can be no different from that in the apartment. Of the particularly interesting ideas, vertical garden, mini-pond, fireplace, and round bird cages should be noted.
We hope that you will be able to choose one or more ideas for realization on your own balcony or loggia, and we offer to see a few more photos and interior balcony design projects.
Photos of balconies and loggias