Beyond the bistro set: furniture for balconies

by Rose Crompton

Nardi Zic Zac set

Bistro sets may be the classic choice for balconies but now there’s all manner of specially-designed furniture and accessories with a mission to make the most of every inch.


Bring your balcony into bloom with the help of some space-saving containers.

  1. Single Vertigro vertical allotment, £179 from Vertigro,
  2. Tripot hanging planters, €29.95 from My Balconia,
  3. VertVert planting system for walls and railings by Rephorm, €45 from Connox,
  4. The Elho Corsica Flower Bridge 30cm pot sits on top of balcony railings, £6.99 each from Podington Garden Centre,
  5. Pottichelli lightweight hanging planter, £7.50 from Garden House Design,
  6. Set of two tall cream zinc planters, £65 from Next,
  7. Square pot and saucer, £12.95 from The Balcony Gardener,
  8. Höstö hanging pots, £5.99 each from Ikea (currently not available online),
  9. Accrochée two-pocket hanging window box by Bacsac, £44.30 from Made in Design,
  10. The Indian Summer planter tray with three buckets is screwed to the wall to save space, £25 from Dutch By Design,

Tables and chairs

This furniture should fit in nicely.

  1. The Äpplarö bench with wall panel provides seating and hanging space, £75 from Ikea (currently not available online),
  2. PicNik aluminium table and seating in blue and earth, £3,927 each from Twentytwentyone,
  3. The Balconcept table / desk and planter / wine cooler by Rephorm slots on to balcony railings, €129 from Connox,
  4. Nardi Zic Zac set. The table can be folded against the balcony wall when it’s not in use and the chairs slot in behind, £230, contact Europa Leisure, for stockist details
  5. The Love Bench can be used for lounging and dining, €229 from My Balconia,
  6. Duo wooden bench, £110 from Next,


These lamps and lanterns are the perfect high lights.

  1. Fatboy Edison Petit battery-powered outdoor table lamp, £44 from Heal’s,
  2. Bucky flame oil lamp, €17.98 from My Balconia,
  3. Glass and stainless steel oil lamp – push the pole into planters, £39.75 from Bouf,
  4. Bridget outdoor lights, £40 from Habitat,
  5. Solvinden solar- and wind-powered light, £39.99 from Ikea (currently not available online and only in stock until 1st August),
  6. String paper lantern solar lights, £8 from Matalan,
  7. These Solvinden solar-powered lights look pretty pushed into planters, £12.99 for five from Ikea (currently not available online and only in stock until 1st August),
  8. Orb tealight holder, £6 from John Lewis,
  9. Pack of six outdoor flare candles, £12 from John Lewis,
  10. Bonsai battery- or mains-powered light, £107.99 from Garden Beet,
  11. Hummingbird fairy lights, £17.28 from Laura Ashley,
  12. Folie outdoor garland, £35 from Habitat,
  13. Salerno wall light, £120 from Heal’s,


There’s even room for a spot of cooking with these compact charcoal grills.

  1. Note book fold away BBQ, £28 from Heal’s,
  2. Stainless steel compact grill barbecue, £35 from Marks & Spencer,
  3. Weber Smokey Joe BBQ, £52 from Heal’s,
  4. Hot-pot BBQ which doubles up as a herb planter, £99 from black + blum,
  5. BBQ bucket, £28 from The Balcony Gardener,
  6. Bruce railing-mounted BBQ, €59, My Balconia,

Birds & Wildlife

Use feeders and boxes to attract high-flyers.

  1. Fiesta diner bird feeder, £7.95 from CJ WildBird Foods,
  2. Flower peanut feeder, £4.49 from Podington Garden Centre,
  3. Chalet multi feeder. Use the suckers provided to stick it to a window or screw it to a wall, £12.25 from the RSPB shop,
  4. The pollinating bee log for solitary bees is fixed on a pole so it can be pushed into planters, by Wildlife World, £22.99 from Amazon,
  5. The Pipeep bird feeder and nesting box by Rephorm comes with magnetic fixings to attach it to metal pipes and railings, €59 from Connox,
  6. Nectar feeding station for butterflies and bees by Wildlife World, £4.75 from Ark Wildlife,
  7. Set of two cup bird feeders, £7.99 from the RSPB shop,
  8. Water drinker for wild birds by Gardman, £4.99 from Podington Garden Centre,

Bistro Sets

And when only a classic will do, these are our favourite tables for two.

  1. Roxö table and two chairs, £70 from Ikea (currently not available online),
  2. Conran Bourne table and two chairs set, £74.50 from Marks & Spencer,
  3. Bright rectangular garden table, £39 and bright metal garden chairs, £39 each from Oliver Bonas,
  4. Red iron and wood garden chairs, £108 each and small round table, £104 from Graham and Green,
  5. Zinc table and chairs, £165 from The Balcony Gardener,



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