Whether your balcony is small or large, it’s always a good idea to find solutions to maximize available space and your enjoyment with it. A balcony bar fits the bill on many levels.
On small balconies, it helps save space and keep the area open.
On large balconies, it adds a touch of interest and convenience, while creating a space for socialization or relaxation depending on your mood.
Let’s explore different ideas and benefits of mounting a bar on your balcony.
The DIY balcony bar option
A bar is really two pieces of wood and to add it to your balcony the best way is to mount it over the railing. If you dabble in woodworking, a bar is a quite simple DIY to make and will delight your family with its endless options. Check out this instructional article here to see how to make your own balcony bar.
Apart from staining the wood to give it a nice appearance, it’s a good idea to apply a topcoat to waterproof it. Since it’s wood and it will be outside, it will be vulnerable to the elements and you want it to last a long time. So take care and make it weather-proof.
There are many options for installing a balcony bar that can accommodate all needs and balcony sizes.
For a small balcony
Installing a bar all along your balcony railing means you don’t really need a table and chairs if you don’t have space for it. It also means you will be able to entertain more people outside and enjoy socializing with your friends on your balcony.
A bar over your railing and a couple of high bar stools means you can even enjoy a nice meal outside. A sturdy wooden bar top will comfortably fit plates and glasses. If you have good shade on your balcony it’s a real pleasure to have meals outside when the weather is good.
You can even install small shelves on your balcony’s corner and use these as a really small bar to rest a glass or two when you need it. Taking advantage of the railing is a great way to make the most out of your small balcony’s available space.
For a large balcony
If your balcony is large, you have so many options! Apart from installing a bar top on the railing, you could create a bar nook on one side of your balcony, or even install a bigger bar against the wall. A large balcony means you can have separate areas for separate activities like socializing, dining or relaxing. The bar fits several of these activities and is a really good option to have in your outdoor space.
Combine it with high chairs or bar stools for seating, as well as tall plants, modern lighting options and maybe a few drapes or curtains to create a beautiful area that you will enjoy alone, with family or with your friends.
We don’t tend to think of the railing as a functional part of the balcony apart of the safety it provides, but with a simple piece of wood on top, it can provide many hours of outdoor enjoyment.