Get your balcony ready for summer – how to create a cozy summer space

Get your balcony ready for summer

Do you wish summer were here already? Thankfully, you can make that happen on your glazed balcony. There's nothing quite like drinking your morning coffee or reading a good book in the sun on the balcony, while listening to birdsong.

Here's how to get your balcony ready for summer:

Cleaning your balcony

Let's start with the basics – cleaning. A clean balcony makes for a more enjoyable time. First, remove any debris from the gutters to prevent water buildup. Then, vacuum or sweep the floors and wipe down the walls with a damp cloth if needed. If you're unsure whether the wall paint is water-resistant, try wiping in an inconspicuous spot first.

Outdoor furniture can get dirty without you even noticing. If your balcony furniture has been outside all winter, give it a wipe down with a damp cloth.

Clear glass lets the sun shine into your balcony, so it's time to wash those balcony windows. Check out our easy window cleaning tips here. Remember to stay safe when cleaning balcony windows! If the windows are hard to reach, use an extension pole.

Balcony decor tips: these flowers withstand a bit of frost

If you don't want to wait until summer to put flowers on your balcony, go for varieties that can handle a little cold. Daffodils, pansies, snowdrops, and hyacinths are some examples. Hyacinths also give off a lovely scent!

Besides plants, soft textiles add a cosy atmosphere to the balcony. For outdoor use, choose rugs and curtains that withstand humidity and don't mold despite rainy days. If white is your favourite curtain colour, pick a muted shade to avoid glare.

Can I barbecue on the balcony?

Yes, you can use electric barbecues on rental apartment balconies, as long as you ensure the smoke doesn't spread to your neighbour's balcony. For fire safety reasons, open flames or charcoal and gas barbecues are not allowed on balconies.

Can I shake my rugs on the balcony?

We kindly ask you not to shake rugs on your balcony, as the resulting debris can easily land onto other apartment balconies. However, you'll often find a designated area for shaking rugs in the yard of the apartment complex.