Looking for balcony makeover advice

My balcony is 4*8ft. Also please let me know how to cover the AC unit. i have 50 bamboo shoots (2ft in height). Can i use them in the makeover.
q balcony makeover
  12 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 22, 2018
    Open balcony? What zone are you in? What kind of plants (besides the bamboo shoots)? Will all plants sit on the floor? Etc...

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 22, 2018
    You asked for balcony 'makeover' ideas.
    What is your goal from this project? Do you want to use this balcony space more for a living space, or just for plants only?
    Do you want to keep this many plants, or would you be willing to give them away so that you could have room for seating, and other objects?

  • Deb Deb on Mar 22, 2018
    I would make a shelf or table to put some of the plants on and them stage the bigger plants in front. maybe get rid of some of the plants and keep smaller ones...

  • Rose P Rose P on Mar 22, 2018
    Good questions.

  • Marrianne Rudy Marrianne Rudy on Mar 22, 2018
    For me, I love all the greenery! If you are allowed to hang some of the pots, I'd do that on both sides, then stage the others under them. You'd then have space for a small bistro set for outdoor sitting. You can also take some inside, and place them so they get light from the balcony doors. Place a small rug (outdoor kind) under the bistro set, or just a couple of chairs that are weather proof and enjoy!

  • Mad28495042 Mad28495042 on Mar 22, 2018
    living space with few plants If possible want to add small water feature Thank you

  • I have had this problem trying to hide AC unit wS a challenge I came up with this and I love it! I stacked bricks on both side of unit and put plywood on top that made table to put plants on top and my cats favorite place to hang out. I covered the front of unit with bamboo . Have fun with it!

  • To create some privacy and you can add Curtain rod to the top add a canvas paint drop tarp it is cheap and waterproof As your curtain. I added bamboo to hide ugly wall but your opening would look great as a new window view for you! Add some lights around it and all plants and you have a great new space! Good luck!

  • Connie Connie on Mar 22, 2018
    I love your jungle of plants. Could you make a wall of greenery and then have room for a tiny table and chairs? Maybe an old pallet could help in a wall display. Anybody know how to do this?

  • Mad28495042 Mad28495042 on Mar 22, 2018
    That’s very nice. Thank you

  • Leota Vermilyea Leota Vermilyea on Jun 02, 2020

    I have the same problem, a small upstairs balcony. As you can see I am still working on setting it up but I created a fairy garden to play in. I suggest some fragrant plants ( the small containers next to the chair are Jasmine, Lemon Balm and Peppermint). It is still a work in progress but milk crates are a great way to organize and arrange your potted plants. I am thinking about spray painting the crates in the future.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 16, 2021


    Can you use Hanging Troughs on the balcony to give you more floor space.