The Lazy Susan guide to balcony furniture

Balconies have become a popular architectural feature on UK homes, so we’re taking an in-depth look at how to measure, choose, style and maintain balcony furniture…

Balconies have become a common architectural and functional feature here in the UK. They are found on a wide range of residential and commercial buildings and we would summarise them as:

“A balcony is an elevated platform that is typically attached to the exterior of a building. It usually protrudes from the side of a structure, providing an outdoor space that allows people to step outside and enjoy the open air without being on the ground.”

According to well-known property reporter, David Spittles in an article written for Galliard Homes, he stated:

“In a densely-populated city like London, private outdoor space is a luxury that will always add financial value. The price premium can be anything between 15 and 35 per cent, depending on size, aspect, view and design quality. Even small balconies can easily add £50,000 to the price of an apartment.”

David goes on to say:

“Already in London, more than 60 per cent of new apartments have some type of outside space, three times the level of a decade ago, and there are moves to put nature at the heart of housing developments. A YouGov survey revealed that 53 per cent of homebuyers ranked outside space as the single most important attribute of a new home when asked to choose from a list of 20 features (private parking and energy efficiency were in second and third place).”

However, whilst the balcony is most often associated with urban living, it is not the only place this trend has taken hold. Some of the common types of residential buildings that now feature them include:

  1. Apartment Buildings
    Many modern urban and suburban apartment buildings have balconies attached to individual units. The size and design of the balconies can vary, with some buildings only having them for specific floor levels or premium units.

  2. Townhouses
    Townhouses are multi-story, attached dwellings that have become popular in new-build developments. Many designs feature balconies and again the size and type of balconies in townhouses will vary based on the architectural style and local building regs.

  3. Single-Family Homes
    Some single-family homes, particularly high-end modern new builds, will also now feature balconies. These are often found in homes with multiple stories, and the balconies will be attached to bedrooms or other living spaces.

  4. Penthouses
    Penthouses are luxury apartments or condominiums located on the top floors of high-rise buildings. They often feature spacious balconies or outdoor terraces with panoramic views.

  5. High-Rise Buildings
    In densely populated urban areas, high-rise residential buildings often have balconies on some or all of their units. The presence of balconies can enhance the living experience by providing outdoor space and views.

  6. Retirement Homes
    Many modern retirement or senior living communities will include balconies or small patios as part of their residential units. These outdoor spaces help contribute to the well-being of residents.

The common features of a balcony are:

  1. Outdoor Access
    Balconies provide a way for occupants of a building to access an outdoor space without having to go down to ground level. They offer an opportunity to enjoy fresh air and outdoor views.

  2. Enclosed Railings or Balustrade
    Balconies are typically enclosed by a railing or balustrade for safety. The railing can be made of various materials such as metal, wood, or glass.

  3. Size Variability
    Balconies come in different sizes and shapes. Some are small and designed for standing or seating, while others may be larger and accommodate more extensive furniture or activities.

  4. Architectural Variety
    Balconies can have various architectural styles, ranging from simple and utilitarian to elaborate and decorative. They contribute to the overall design and aesthetics of a building.

  5. Commercial Use
    Balconies are commonly found in residential buildings, allowing apartment or condo dwellers to have a private outdoor space. However, they can also be present in hotels, offices, or public buildings.

  6. Construction Materials
    The materials used in constructing balconies vary, with common choices including concrete, steel, wood, or a combination of these. The choice of materials often depends on factors such as aesthetics, durability, and budget.

Balconies are versatile spaces that can be used for relaxation, socialising, gardening, or even as a seamless extension of the indoor living space. They enhance the quality of life for residents by providing a connection to the outdoors while remaining part of your home.

Balcony design on social media

Balcony design on social media

Balcony design has also become an incredibly popular trend on social media sites such as Instagram, and people have used these visual platforms to showcase their creativity and unique ideas.

Working in a limited space that is seen as difficult to make good, the transformations into stylish, comfortable, and functional outdoor living areas deliver the wow factor.

Hashtags such as #BalconyDesign, #BalconyDecor and #BalconyGarden on Instagram can lead you down a rabbit hole of fab balcony design inspiration.

There was a real boom during the pandemic, when the importance of outdoor living space reached a whole new level, and social media played a significant role in popularising and generating greater appreciation for small space design trends.

With the rise in urban living over the past few decades, outdoor spaces have gotten smaller, and balconies have gained significance as valuable outdoor areas.

People living in city centre apartments will often seek inspiration on how to make the most of their limited balcony space, and social media is a great place to start.

Platforms, especially visual-oriented ones like Instagram and Pinterest, are rich sources of inspiration for home and garden design.

Users can share images of well-designed balconies, offering others ideas for decor, balcony furniture, and clever ways to make the most of a small and tricky layout.

DIY and up-cycling have also played a big part in the emergence of the balcony design trend, with many a savvy individual showcasing their do-it-yourself projects and up-cycling efforts.

Balcony design often involves creative DIY solutions, such as repurposing pallets, creating custom planters, or decorating with handmade items.

Of course, we are talking about outdoor spaces too, so incorporating plants and greenery is critical, so social media is also filled with images of lush balcony gardens, vertical plant displays, and creative ways to incorporate nature into these small plots.

Here at Lazy Susan, our focus is on functional Balcony Furniture that will enhance your outdoor living space. However, we have a great appreciation for the whole design and, how that can all be pulled together.

Finding the right furniture set or pieces for a balcony can be tricky but by carefully selecting a few space-saving items, you can transform your balcony. And again, social media is a great place to seek inspiration from others and see what they’ve done that works.

What is balcony furniture?

What is balcony furniture?

This is a little misleading as there isn’t any such thing as balcony-specific furniture. It is more small space furniture, as it would work just as well on a small deck, patio, or terrace, as it would on a proper balcony.

Finding the right furniture though is more a case of looking at attributes such as size, style, material, etc, to find the right set or pieces for your specific balcony space, rather than it being a piece of outdoor furniture designed specifically for balcony use.

If we look at our collection, we have several solutions that would fall under the umbrella of balcony furniture, in that we have individual pieces such as our Garden Benches and sets such as our 2-Seater Bistros that are designed to fit these compact areas while providing that all-important combination of comfort and function.

Just like no garden is complete without furniture, balconies too, maybe even more so, need a place to sit if you truly want them to be an outdoor living space. Especially in cities and urban areas, where apartment living is prevalent, they’re often your only available private outdoor space.

In the UK we have a thriving gardening culture, and even individuals with small balcony spaces will often look to transform these spaces into functional outdoor living rooms, incorporating furniture, decor, plants, etc. The right furniture will complement how you like to spend time in this space, by providing seating for relaxing or a table set for dining, for example.

Balconies offer us the opportunity to have a space that is private and intimate, so it is the perfect setting for socialising, relaxing, or enjoying a meal. The need for a cosy and comfortable outdoor retreat has driven the demand for small balcony furniture in recent years.

A good balcony should be an extension of our homes, so naturally, we want furniture that is functional and stylish to fit with how we like to use that space. There is a wide range of Balcony Furniture options, and we will look at the different types and how to make sure you purchase the right pieces for your balcony:

What are the common types of balcony furniture?

What should you look for when shopping for balcony furniture?

It is worth noting that not all balconies are small spaces, some can be quite large, especially those found in modern homes and townhouses. If that is the case, then you’re free to look at larger outdoor dining or sofa sets.

More common in the UK is for a smaller size balcony with regulations in the London Housing Design Guide specifying that they must be a minimum of 1.5 m x 1.5 m. That’s not much room to play with!

There isn't a standard or average size for balconies in the UK though, and they vary widely depending on the type of property and its location, ranging from small Juliet-style that are decorative only to larger terrace-style balconies that can accommodate furniture and provide outdoor living space.

When it comes to smaller balconies, you need to get creative if you want to make it a functional outdoor living space. If you’re working with only 2.25 Square Metres, then the ten most popular options for Small Space Balcony Furniture in the UK include:

  1. Bistro Sets
    A small cafe-style 2-Seater Table & Chair Set that is designed for intimate dining or casual relaxation when space is limited.

  2. Folding Bistro Sets
    A folding bistro set such as our Alessia range commonly includes a small round folding table and two folding chairs. Ideal if you want to store it when not in use and keep options on your balcony flexible.

  3. Folding Chairs
    Lightweight and easy-to-store chairs that are designed for relaxing (think posh deck chair) and can be folded away when not in use.

  4. Compact Tables
    Small tables such as our Coffee Table Range can be paired with a Garden Chair or Bench and placed on balconies to hold drinks, books, or other items without taking up too much space.

  5. Hanging Chairs or Hammocks
    These are suspended from the ceiling or a frame and provide a unique, stylish and comfortable seating option.

  6. Bar Stools
    Tall bar-style stools that are suitable for high balcony railings or balcony bars.

  7. Garden Benches
    Garden Benches come in a variety of styles, materials, and designs, allowing them to complement different balcony settings.

  8. Compact Sofas
    Scaled-down versions of the traditional outdoor sofas are designed to fit in smaller spaces.

  9. Outdoor Lounge Chairs
    Designs can vary widely, ranging from simple and classic to more elaborate and contemporary styles. Common materials for outdoor lounge chairs include aluminium, steel, teak, plastic, and weather-resistant fabrics.

  10. Storage Benches
    Outdoor benches with built-in storage provide a place to sit as well as a space to store cushions, gardening tools, or other items.

What should you look for when shopping for balcony furniture?

What should you look for when shopping for balcony furniture?

Choosing Balcony Furniture is just the same as choosing any type of outdoor furniture to be honest, with a few considerations that are worth keeping in mind.

Just like in a garden, balcony furniture must also be made of weather-resistant materials like metal, plastic, or treated timber to ensure it can withstand outdoor conditions.

If the ultimate goal is to create a cosy and inviting outdoor space within the limitations of a balcony's size, then pieces must also fit with the style of your space (inside and/or out) and how you like to spend time in it.

When shopping for balcony furniture, there are several factors to consider to ensure that you choose the right pieces or set for your space and preferences.

Here are our 10 key considerations to take on board before you buy

  1. Size & Scale
    Measure your balcony to determine the available space for furniture. Choose furniture that fits well without overcrowding the space.

  2. Material
    Opt for weather-resistant materials such as metal, plastic, or treated wood to withstand outdoor elements. Ensure that the materials are durable and easy to clean.

  3. Storage
    Consider furniture that can be folded or stacked when not in use. This is especially important for smaller balconies with limited space.

  4. Comfort
    The furniture has to be functional as well as stylish. Look for ergonomic designs with the option to add cushions for comfort but that are also designed to withstand outdoor use.

  5. Maintenance
    Check the maintenance requirements of the furniture. Some materials may require regular cleaning or treatment to maintain their appearance and weather resistance.

  6. Style
    Choose furniture that complements the overall style of your home or balcony. Work with a cohesive colour scheme or design theme to create the right look.

  7. Weight
    Select furniture that is easy to pick up and move around, especially if you need to rearrange it or bring it inside during the off-season.

  8. Budget
    Set a budget and stick to it. Balcony furniture is available at various price points, so there are options for different budgets.

  9. Weather Resistance
    Ensure that the materials used in the furniture are UV and water-resistant to prevent fading and damage from sun and rain exposure.

  10. Assembly
    Check if the furniture requires assembly and whether the assembly process is manageable for you and in the space you have.

By considering these factors, you can find balcony furniture that not only fits your space but also meets your comfort and style preferences while being practical and durable for outdoor use.

Why do we think cast aluminium is a great choice for your balcony?

Why do we think cast aluminium is a great choice for your balcony?

Factoring in all of the above criteria is why we think cast aluminium is a great choice for balcony use. Here are some reasons why we think cast aluminium outdoor furniture is a popular and suitable material for all types of balconies in the UK:

  1. Durability
    Cast aluminium is known for its durability and resistance to rust and corrosion. It can withstand exposure to outdoor elements, making it a long-lasting option.

  2. Weight
    Despite its durability, cast aluminium is relatively lightweight compared to some other outdoor furniture materials like cast iron. This makes it easier to move and rearrange on your balcony.

  3. Maintenance
    Cast aluminium requires minimal maintenance. It doesn't rust, and it is easy to clean with mild soap and water. Unlike some other materials, it does not need regular painting or re-sealing.

  4. Weather Resistance
    Cast aluminium is well-suited for outdoor use as it is resistant to weather conditions, including rain, sunlight, and humidity. It does not warp or become brittle over time.

  5. Style
    Cast aluminium furniture often comes in a variety of styles and designs, allowing you to find pieces that complement the aesthetic of your balcony and home.

  6. Temperature Stability
    Cast aluminium does not become overly hot in direct sunlight, making it comfortable to use even on warm days.

  7. Environmentally Friendly
    Aluminium is a recyclable material, making it an environmentally friendly choice for furniture.

We looked at the advantages of our cast aluminium collection in detail in last month’s Why buy cast aluminium garden furniture for summer 2024 article. It is a great option for balconies, as it is perfectly suited to the UK climate.

How to measure your balcony for new outdoor furniture

Measuring your balcony accurately is crucial when shopping for new furniture to ensure that the pieces you choose fit well and make the most of the available space you have.

How to measure your balcony for new outdoor furniture

Here is our simple step-by-step guide on how to measure your balcony for new outdoor furniture:

  1. Measure
    Start by measuring the length and width of your balcony using a tape measure. Note these dimensions in cm if you're shopping with us, as that is what we list on all our technical illustrations (as shown above for our Tulip Bistro Set).

  2. Doors & Windows
    Take note of any window and door openings and measure the width and height. Measure the distance from the edge of the balcony to the nearest door or window. This helps you plan the layout and avoid obstructing access points.

  3. Clearance 
    Measure any clearance areas or pathways you want to maintain on the balcony. Ensure there's enough space to walk and move around around comfortably without obstacles.

  4. Obstructions
    Identify any permanent fixtures, such as railings, pillars, or other architectural features. Measure the distances between these obstructions and the edges of the balcony.

  5. Vertical Space
    Measure the height from the floor to the ceiling or any overhead structures, like a roof or balcony above yours. This is important if you plan to include hanging or suspended furniture.

  6. Furniture Type
    If you have a specific type of furniture in mind, such as a bistro set with a small table and 2 x chairs or a sofa seat with a coffee table, consider the space each piece will need. Account for the dimensions of individual furniture items when planning the layout and leave enough space for them to function (i.e. room to access, comfortably sit down and use)

  7. Access
    If your balcony has any storage, heaters, or other fixtures, measure the space they occupy. Ensure that any furniture you choose allows for easy access and safe use of these areas.

  8. Balcony Shape
    Take note of the balcony shape. If it's irregular or has corners, consider how furniture can be arranged to make the most of the space. Round and oval tables for example have a smaller footprint but square and rectangular can have one side pushed up against a wall.

  9. Balcony Use
    Consider how you want to use the balcony. If you prefer a more open layout with a lot of space, you might choose smaller or foldable furniture, for example.

Once you have all the required measurements and considerations in terms of shape and how you want to/like to use the space, you'll be better equipped to choose the right Balcony Furniture that will best fit, enhance the functionality and work in terms of style, etc.

How to style a balcony with garden furniture

How to style a balcony with garden furniture

Balcony styling can be a tricky thing to pull off, especially if it is a small space. The best way to approach it is the same as you would any room inside of the home.

If you want to transform the space into a visually appealing, comfortable, and functional outdoor area then think about the following elements and how you can bring them all together:

  1. Purpose
    Determine how you want to use the balcony. Whether it's for dining, lounging, gardening, or a combination of activities, have a clear purpose to guide your design choices.

  2. Furniture
    Select furniture that fits the size and shape of your balcony. Opt for UV and weather-resistant materials such as cast aluminium, plastic resin, or treated timber.

  3. Comfort
    Up the comfort of seating areas with cushions and pillows. Choose outdoor cushions made from weather-resistant materials to withstand the elements but store them when not in use.

  4. Planting
    Introduce plants and flowers to create a natural and inviting atmosphere. Consider easy-to-care potted plants, hanging planters, or a vertical garden. Choose low-maintenance hardy plants if you have limited time for gardening.

  5. Fabric
    Soften the space with outdoor fabrics such as cushions, throws, curtains and rugs. You can define different areas on a larger balcony with outdoor rugs or add warmth, colour, and texture, making a smaller space feel more inviting.

  6. Shade
    If your balcony is exposed to direct sunlight, consider adding shade. Use screens, awnings or outdoor curtains to create a comfortable and shaded retreat.

  7. Light
    Install outdoor lighting to extend the use of your balcony into the evening. Use string lights, lanterns, or wall-mounted fixtures to create a cosy ambience.

  8. Heat
    If you want to use it when the temperature drops, then look for a suitable heat source. Always check regulations before installing and/or using anything with a real flame. If a fire pit or patio heater is not permitted, then drape outdoor throws over chairs.

  9. Colour
    Select a cohesive colour scheme to tie all the design elements together. Consider the colours of your furniture, cushions, rugs, plants and the interior of your home to create a balanced and harmonious look.

  10. Decor
    Personalise your balcony with decorative accessories like lanterns, candles, or small sculptures. Be mindful not to overcrowd the space; choose a few key pieces that complement the overall design scheme.

  11. Vertical
    Maximise space by using vertical elements such as wall-mounted shelving, hanging planters, or vertical gardens. This is particularly beneficial for smaller balconies.

  12. Privacy
    If privacy is a concern, explore options like outdoor screens, bamboo, or tall plants to create a sense of seclusion.

  13. Seasonal
    Switch up decor elements according to the seasons. Consider swapping out summer cushions for seasonal flowers. Let the decor fit the time of year and keep the balcony looking fresh and interesting.

Remember that the key to styling a balcony is to make the most of the available space while expressing your style and taste. Experiment with different elements, and don't be afraid to bring out your creative side to truly transform your balcony into a charming and functional outdoor oasis.

The common mistakes people make when decorating a balcony

Even carefully adhering to the elements above, it is easy to make mistakes when decorating a balcony. Being aware of the pitfalls is a great way to help you avoid them and create a more successful and enjoyable outdoor space:

Here are some of the most common mistakes we have come across when decorating a balcony:

  1. Overcrowding
    One of the most common mistakes we see in balcony design is overcrowding the space with too much furniture or decor. It's essential to strike a balance and leave enough room for movement and comfortable flow. Less is definitely more!

  2. Poor Scale
    Choosing furniture that is too large or too small for the balcony is another big mistake that is easily made. You want to strike a good visual balance. Follow our steps in the previous section and measure your space carefully. Select furniture that will fit the proportions of your balcony but still allow the space to flow and function.

  3. Uncomfortable
    Focusing solely on looks without considering comfort can lead to a balcony that looks great but isn't much fun to spend time on. Ensure that your furniture and seating are comfortable, and inviting and never place form over function.

  4. Ignoring Function
    As with furniture, decor should not only be visually appealing but also functional. Consider how you like to spend time on your balcony and choose pieces that fit the space and enhance the function.

  5. Non-Weather-Resistant Materials
    Many balcony designs are covered but neglecting the weather is a big mistake. It can still rain in, so style it with furniture and decor that are durable, weather-resistant and fit for purpose.

  6. No Shade
    Overlooking the need for shade can result in a balcony that becomes uncomfortable on sunny days. Include parasols, awnings, or other shade solutions that will make the space more versatile.

  7. Privacy Concerns
    Neglecting privacy considerations can make the balcony less enjoyable. Be mindful of neighbouring properties and consider adding screens, curtains, or plants for extra privacy.

  8. Mismatched Styles
    Inconsistent styles and a lack of cohesion can make the balcony feel chaotic. Choose a design theme or colour scheme that creates a harmonious look and works with the rest of your home.

  9. Poor Lighting
    Insufficient or poorly placed lighting can limit the use of the balcony when the sun moves or sets. Incorporate adequate outdoor lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  10. High Maintenance
    Overlooking the maintenance requirements of the planting, furniture and decor on your balcony can result in deterioration over time. Choose items that are easy to clean and maintain. If you haven’t the time to care for plants, for example, then go low-maintenance.

  11. Ignoring Safety Concerns
    Overlooking safety aspects, such as the stability of furniture or the weight-bearing capacity of your balcony, is one you simply can’t ignore. Ensure that all elements are safe, and secure and comply with local building regulations. If in doubt, seek professional advice.

  12. Personalisation
    Whilst avoiding overcrowding is essential, an overly minimalist approach the other way can also result in a balcony that lacks personality. Find a balance by incorporating personal touches and decor that reflect your style and the style found in and around your home.

  13. Disregarding Regulations
    Neglecting to check local regulations and building codes may lead to issues with certain balcony additions. Be aware of any restrictions or guidelines that apply to your balcony. Again, if there’s any doubt, seek professional advice.

By being mindful of these common mistakes, you can make informed decisions when decorating your balcony, creating a space that is not only a joy to look at but also a joy to spend time on.

Small balcony design ideas for your outdoor space

Small balcony design ideas for your outdoor space

Even with a small 1.5 m x 1.5m balcony, there are plenty of creative and functional ways you can make the most of the space.

Here are some of our favourite design solutions:

  1. Cosy Seating Area
    Use space-saving furniture like a garden bench with a compact side table or compact bistro set. Add comfortable cushions and throws for a laid-back atmosphere.

  2. Vertical Garden
    Utilise the wall space and grow up with vertical planters or down with hanging pots. Grow herbs, flowers, or small plants to add greenery and fill the space with wonderful scents.

  3. Compact Dining Space
    Opt for a small 2-seater table and pair it with soft lighting to create a spot for intimate dining.

  4. Reading Corner
    Create a comfortable reading corner with a small bench, outdoor lounge seating or hanging chair. Add a small side or coffee table for your books, drinks, and snacks.

  5. Coffee Spot
    Create a quiet coffee corner with a compact coffee table and comfy garden bench or a 2-seater outdoor sofa.

  6. Outdoor Workspace
    Use a folding table and chairs for a small outdoor workspace that you can set up in the summer.

  7. Yoga Space
    Lay down a yoga mat or use space for stretching and exercises. Install a small shelf for yoga accessories or workout gear and pair it with lots of greenery for a zen outdoor space.

  8. Breakfast & Brunch
    Arrange a small breakfast nook with a bistro table and chairs, where you can relax and enjoy a morning meal with a view.

  9. Craft Area
    Dedicate your balcony space to hobbies such as painting, knitting, etc. Use compact storage solutions for supplies.

  10. Entertainment Space
    Set up laidback seating with a Bluetooth speaker so you can enjoy your favourite music or podcasts while relaxing and taking in some fresh air.

No matter how you like to use your balcony, the key is to personalise the space based on your preferences and needs. With some thoughtful planning and creativity, even a small balcony can become a delightful and functional extension of your home.

Transforming a small balcony into a stylish and functional outdoor space will greatly enhance your living experience. Use outdoor rugs or deck tiles to add comfort and visual appeal. Pair with weather-resistant materials and opt for furniture that fits and best makes use of the space.

Vertical gardening with wall-mounted planters or hanging pots is a great way to save floor space and enhance your balcony. Choose space-efficient plants like vertical climbers, hanging succulents, or railing planters. Incorporate a small herb or vegetable garden with compact pots.

Hang string lights, fairy lights, or lanterns to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere, and consider solar-powered or battery-operated LED lights for an eco-friendly and convenient (i.e. easy and safe to install) lighting solution.

How to maintain and protect balcony furniture

Maintaining and protecting Balcony Furniture is essential to ensure its longevity and keep it looking good. When purchasing balcony furniture, opt for materials that are designed to withstand outdoor conditions such as our cast aluminium range.

If you do plan to put our cast aluminium furniture on your patio then there are a few simple things you can do to keep it clean, ready to use and in tip-top condition:

  1. Regular Cleaning
    Even on a balcony, when the wind picks up, things can get pretty grubby. Regularly clean your balcony furniture to prevent dirt, dust, and debris from accumulating. With our collection, all you need is a little washing-up liquid in warm water and a soft sponge or cloth to clean. Rinse carefully and allow the furniture to dry completely.

  2. Protective Covers
    If you want to reduce the need to clean, then our advice is to invest in some breathable but water-resistant covers for your furniture when it's not in use. They will protect against the elements and things like bird droppingstree sap, etc.

  3. Add Shade
    If possible, use parasols or shade structures to protect furniture from direct sunlight, especially if your furniture is made from resin or wood, which can easily fade and damage it over time. Our cast aluminium is painted to protect it from the rain and sun but shade will help to keep you and it cool in the summer months.

  4. Avoid Harsh Chemicals
    Avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on your balcony furniture. They can damage the finish, so just tick to mild, non-abrasive cleaning solutions and soft cloths/sponges. One of our go-to’s if the furniture is looking a little dirty is to wash it with a good quality car shampoo.

  5. Touch-Up Chips & Scratches
    Some types of balcony furniture will have a protective coating or sealants. Check the finish and reapply these coatings as needed, following the manufacturer's recommendations. Our range is powder-coated, which is tough, durable, and does not require reapplication. If you do find a chip or scratch, touch it up with our Paint Repair Kits.

  6. Keep Cushions Dry
    If your furniture includes cushions, store them in a dry place when not in use. Our article How to clean outdoor furniture chair cushions has all the info you need on how to care and protect for our range

  7. Regularly Inspect
    Periodically inspect your furniture for any signs of wear or damage. Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.

  8. Avoid Dragging
    Lift furniture rather than dragging it to prevent scratches and damage to the legs or the surface of your balcony.

  9. Apply Car Wax
    We would also recommend you apply a light coat of car wax to our cast aluminium to give it a little extra protection and add a nice shine. Our How to apply car wax to metal garden furniture article looks at this in detail.

  10. Store During Winter
    During extreme weather conditions, especially high winds, you should consider storing your furniture indoors or moving and stacking in a sheltered area if you can.

  11. Tighten Loose Screws & Bolts
    Periodically check for loose screws or bolts and tighten them to maintain the structural integrity of the furniture. Always check the screw-in feet pads on our furniture to make sure they are secure and the tables and chairs are level. They will prevent chipping the feet and also protect the surface of your balcony.

  12. Follow Our Guidelines
    Always follow the care and maintenance guidelines provided by the manufacturer for your specific type of furniture. For our cast aluminium balcony furniture, our How to maintain our outdoor tables and chairs article has all the info you need.

The Lazy Susan Balcony Furniture Range

2-Seater Bistros

The Lazy Susan Balcony Furniture Range: 2-Seater Bistros

In our opinion, a bistro set is the perfect furniture solution for a balcony, especially if the space is small. They are specifically designed for compact outdoor areas, making them a practical,  stylish and intimate dining solution for balconies.

A bistro set will generally consist of a small round table and two chairs, and the compact design allows you to create a comfortable seating area without overcrowding the space.

Our range of 2-seater bistro sets are constructed from our trademark high-grade cast aluminium, so they are lightweight and portable, making them easy to pick up and move around your balcony.

We offer a range of styles and colours, allowing you to choose a set that best complements the overall design of your balcony, and the reason we say they’re the perfect solution is their versatility.

Bistros can be used for various activities, such as enjoying a meal with a loved one, sipping coffee with a friend, or simply relaxing on your balcony with a book and a glass of wine in the evening.

They are the perfect small table for holding drinks and snacks, and because our cast aluminium is fully weather-resistant, they are durable and easy to maintain.

The intimate size of a bistro set is perfect for creating a cosy and inviting space to unwind, and our collection is available in a range of table sizes and several seating options, so you can choose the one that fits best with the dimensions of your balcony.

Before purchasing a bistro set, consider the climate in your area and choose a set made from materials that can withstand outdoor conditions. Additionally, check the dimensions of your balcony to ensure that the set will fit comfortably without overwhelming the space.

Shop our 2-Seater Bistro Range for Balconies

4-Seater Garden Dining Sets

The Lazy Susan Balcony Furniture Range: 4-Seater Dining Sets

If you have a little more space to play with then our range of 4-seater garden dining sets might just be the perfect choice for your balcony, depending on the size.

Measure your balcony carefully to ensure that you can fit the larger table and 4 x garden chairs comfortably without overcrowding the area. You also need to leave enough space for movement around the table and chairs, and we recommend between 50 and 75 cm.

However, if all is good and you plan to use your balcony for dining and entertaining small groups, then a 4-seater set is a great solution, and our collection features a range of table sizes and shapes.

Constructed from the same lightweight but weather-resistant powder-coated cast aluminium as our bistro range, our 4-seater dining set offers the perfect blend of functionality and style.

Be sure to carefully measure your patio, consider your lifestyle and needs, and choose the set that best aligns with your balcony design preferences and budget.

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Garden Benches

The Lazy Susan Balcony Furniture Range: Garden Benches

A garden bench is another great choice for a balcony, and the slim and elegant design of our range means they can be placed against a wall or railing to maximise the usable area.

Just like our bistro sets, they offer bags of versatility and can serve multiple purposes. They can be a stand-alone piece that gives you a comfortable seating option for enjoying a cup of coffee with a good book or you can pair with one of our compact side tables to share nibbles and a glass of wine.

If your balcony is a social space, then a bench provides communal seating that allows for conversations and gatherings. It's a cosy option for spending time with friends or family.

Positioned to face a scenic view, they can be a perfect spot to enjoy your balcony space, and they are perfect for creating a relaxed atmosphere and providing a peaceful retreat.

Again, constructed from our trademark cast aluminium, our range of benches is weather-resistant and comes in various styles, finishes, and designs, allowing you to choose one that complements the overall aesthetic of your balcony.

We don’t sell them as our collection is designed to work with our garden tables, etc but some garden benches come with built-in storage compartments, providing a convenient place to store cushions, gardening tools, or other small items.

You can further personalise your balcony by pairing it with our bench cushions and adding throws or pillows to the bench, allowing you to create a comfortable and inviting space that reflects your style.

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Side & Coffee Tables

The Lazy Susan Balcony Furniture Range: Side & Coffee Tables

An outdoor side or coffee table is another great option for a small balcony in our collection. You can pair them with a garden bench for something a little laid back or a couple of garden chairs for the perfect set-up to catch up with a friend.

They are designed to be compact and space-efficient, so they don’t take up too much space, making them ideal for smaller balconies where maximising space is critical.

A coffee table such as our Claire (above) provides a flat and stable surface that can serve multiple purposes. You can use it for placing drinks, snacks, books, or decorative items, adding functionality to your balcony.

Constructed from the same cast aluminium as the rest of our collection, our side and coffee-style tables are weather-resistant and versatile.

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Why buy cast aluminium balcony furniture from Lazy Susan

Why buy cast aluminium balcony furniture from Lazy Susan

Just to summarise, cast aluminium comes with several advantages that make it a popular choice for balcony spaces in the UK. Here are the main reasons people opt for balcony furniture from our collection:

  1. Durability
    Cast aluminium is known for its durability and longevity. It is resistant to rust, corrosion, and weather damage. Unlike other materials like wood and iron, it does not require extensive maintenance, making it a reliable choice for balconies in the UK. Our recently published Is cast aluminium better than cast iron? article looks at how the two materials compare.

  2. Lightweight
    While cast aluminium is sturdy and robust, it is also relatively lightweight compared to other metals. This makes it easier to move and rearrange your balcony furniture as needed and is also especially handy if your balcony is several floors up.

  3. Low Maintenance
    Cast aluminium furniture requires minimal maintenance. It doesn't need to be painted or sealed to keep it weatherproof, and a simple wash down with soapy water is usually sufficient to keep it looking good. The low maintenance requirements make it a practical choice for those who want hassle-free outdoor furniture and have a balcony space where cleaning can be tricky.

  4. Design
    Our cast aluminium furniture comes in a variety of designs and colours all in our trademark classical style. The casting process we use allows for intricate detailing and decorative elements, making it easy to find a range that complements the architecture of your balcony and your personal preferences.

  5. Temperature Resistance
    Cast aluminium is not as affected by extreme temperatures, whether it's hot summer days or cold winter nights compared to other metals. It also doesn't expand or contract significantly like wood or fade in the sun like plastics, which ensures that it maintains its structural integrity in different weather conditions. We looked at this in more detail in our recent Does an aluminium garden table and chairs get hot in the sun? article.

  6. Versatility
    Our cast aluminium furniture range is versatile and can be used in a variety of outdoor settings, including balconies, patios, gardens, and terraces. Its timeless appeal and adaptability to different environments make it a versatile choice for outdoor spaces. Our range is flexible and easy to upgrade, so you can easily tailor the perfect set to your balcony requirements.

  7. Eco-Friendly
    Cast aluminium is a recyclable material, making it an environmentally friendly choice too. When it comes to the end of its life cycle, the material can be recycled rather than contributing to landfill waste. We looked at this subject in more detail last October in our Can garden furniture be recycled? post.

  8. Cost-Effective
    While cast aluminium balcony furniture may initially have a higher upfront cost compared to some other materials, the long lifespan and low maintenance requirements make it a much more cost-effective investment in the long run.

When considering Balcony Furniture, you must weigh these factors against your specific needs, budget, and design preferences to determine if cast aluminium is the right choice of material for your balcony.

Here are some potential reasons why you might want to consider purchasing garden furniture from Lazy Susan in the UK:

  1. Quality
    At Lazy Susan we are known for offering high-grade sand cast aluminium furniture that is durable and resistant to rust and weather damage. The use of a powder-coat finish ensures that our cast range is designed to last and is low maintenance.

  2. Design
    We provide a wide range of designs all in our trademark classical style that is built to complement a host of different applications and balcony styles. This allows customers to find the perfect furniture solution to complement their outdoor space and how they like to use it.

  3. Reviews
    Positive customer reviews and testimonials are a good indicator of the quality of our products and customer service. Checking reviews from other customers who have purchased from Lazy Susan can give you greater insight into their experience and we have partnered with them to ensure these are impartial.

  4. Photos
    Our customer photo gallery is an even greater testament to our furniture and a great resource if you’re seeking a little inspiration. Take a look at how the Lazy Susan community styles their balcony furniture or upload your photos of your new furniture - for every set of photos we receive we donate to one of our charity partners.

  5. Samples
    If you want to see the quality of our cast aluminium and the outdoor fabric we use for all cushion covers and parasols, please order one of our free sample kits. They allow you to see and feel the finish on our metal furniture and choose the right colours to go with your balcony design scheme.

  6. Service
    Our customer service team are on hand to help you with any balcony-related queries you may have, including assistance with size. We are human, we make mistakes, but our team will always respond promptly to and to issues, and communicate with you. You can speak to the team on 01243 68 48 92 or email us here.

  7. Assembly
    Some customers appreciate furniture that is easy to assemble and our products are easy to put together with clear instructions supplied in the box or available to download from our website. Our furniture is supplied Ready-To-Assemble and we looked at this and how to build in detail in our The advantages of Ready-To-Assemble (RTA) outdoor furniture article.

  8. Delivery
    For all orders in the UK our warehouse and shipping partners are based in the Midlands and all UK orders are dispatched from there. All of our couriers offer a tracking service. Once your order has been dispatched you will receive your tracking/consignment number via text or email depending on the contact information that you have provided. You’ll find full details here.

  9. Warranty
    Our commitment to quality ensures that all Lazy Susan products are designed and manufactured using the highest quality materials and production techniques. To underline our confidence in the quality of our furniture, we offer a 3-year guarantee and you will find full details of the policy here.

If you have any photos of your Balcony Furniture from Lazy Susan on your balcony, we’d love to see a few snaps for our Do Some Good charity campaign. You can tag us @LazySusanFurniture on Instagram or Facebook or Upload Here.

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