A few years ago, my wife and I were able to finally purchase our first home. Since then, I’ve been able to outfit my back patio area however I’d like — I’m fortunate enough to have plenty of space.
However, not so long ago we lived in a third-floor apartment with a balcony. All of that to say, I know how difficult it can be to furnish a balcony with a decent patio furniture set. Space is at a premium, so you want to make sure you choose something elegant, functional, and compact.
If you’re in the market for new patio furniture set for your patio or balcony, I’ve compiled the absolute best models for you to choose from.
- What We’re Looking For
- Best Material For Small Furniture
- Best Patio Furniture Sets For Balconies
- Devoko 3-Piece Patio Furniture Set
- Keter Rio 3 Piece Patio Furniture Set
- Giantex 3 Piece Round Patio Furniture Set
- Giantex 3 Piece Cushioned Wicker Patio Furniture set
- Tangkula Outdoor Furniture Set, Sofa Style
- Furniture Placement For Small Spaces
What We’re Looking For
I’ll get some bad news out of the way first: buying patio furniture that will fit on your apartment balcony is a game of concessions. You constantly need to balance a set of attributes. Increasing the quality of one tends to mean decreasing the quality of another. What are the attributes we’re looking for? The three C’s: comfort, cost, and construction quality.
When you reduce the size of furniture, comfort is typically the first thing to be sacrificed. Truth be told, it’s easy to fit patio furniture on any size of balcony. It’s much harder for that same patio furniture to be comfortable!
The two biggest factors in determining how comfortable a piece of patio furniture is going to be are chair dimensions and cushion quality. You may be wondering why.
Cushion quality should be self explanatory, but you should take note of the chair dimensions for one very important reason: your rear end. If your patio chair is too small, you’ll regularly shift in your seat from the discomfort.
Long sitting sessions will be a chore. Have no fear — all of the models I examine today will not have this problem.
Although larger chair dimensions are desired for comfort, we have to make sure that the overall dimensions of the set will fit in your confined area. Since I don’t want to make assumptions about the size of your balcony, I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to make sure these sets will fit. However, I’m making a point to provide a large number of options. There should be something on this list for everyone.
Luckily, smaller furniture tends to be cheaper on average. However, we don’t want the absolute cheapest we can find. Many of the cheaper options cannot stand up to even the slightest bit of inclement weather. Even though we won’t spend an arm and a leg, we still want to make sure our patio furniture will last as long as it can.
Another consideration is the overall construction quality and material of the set. Hastily made cheap plastic furniture, no matter the level of comfort, will not last more than a couple of seasons. You may actually be okay with cutting corners here depending on your situation. If you’re only going to have the small outdoor space for a limited amount of time, it may make sense to buy a super cheap plastic option. However, if you want to buy furniture that lasts, you’ll do well to mind how sturdy the options are.
Best Material For Small Furniture
As I said, the patio furniture you pick for your small space will be a game of trade-offs. While you can’t tell construction quality or comfort from the outer construction material. However, you can tell the rough cost, durability, and level of care required to keep it maintained.
As you can see, pretty much anything we consider today will be adequate in terms of durability. The only two major variables are how much the material influences the cost and how much effort you’ll need to put into it to keep it maintained. With all of that being said, let’s dive into the patio furniture.
Best Patio Furniture Sets For Balconies
21.5″ x 19.5″ x 33.5″
Tea Table Dimensions
15.75″ x 15.75″ x 17.75″
This 3-piece from Devoko is the best selling small patio furniture set available on the market. Not only is it compact and well-made, but the removable cushions allow a great deal of flexibility in terms of comfort and style. The added end-table is small enough to keep a balcony-suited profile but still large enough to fit your average potted plant. This is on the top of the list for a reason: you really can’t go wrong with it, assuming it will fit in your body. Because of the narrow chair dimensions, folks with a larger backside may end up feeling cramped. It does manage to save some space though.
30.5″ x 21.25″ x 24″
15″ x 14.4″ x 15″
If you’re looking for bare-bones, space-saving patio furniture, the Rio set by Keter checks all of the boxes. There aren’t any frills: no cushions, no assembly, and no real decorations to speak of. The chairs are wider than most of the other products here and also lack arms. This definitely adds to the comfort factor. Additionally, this is among the lowest priced 3 piece patio furniture sets that I’ve reviewed, making it attractive for shoppers on a budget. If you’re tight on space and want a cost-effective outdoor seating option, you should definitely consider the Keter Rio.
15″ x 16″ x 28″
24″ x 24″ x 28″
This Giantex 3 piece patio furniture set is the cheapest patio furniture for a balcony that I could find (while still being well reviewed). This comes in at under $80, making it the most attractive option for frugal shoppers. Additionally, it’s one of the most compact sets available. Not only are the table and chairs low profile, but the chairs themselves fold up for easy storage. This is a great perk when you have friends over and the balcony furniture would otherwise get in the way.
26″L x 20″W x 29″H
While slightly more expensive than the other options, this Giantex set has a unique design for saving space. The chairs (and your legs, if you prefer) simply slide underneath the base table. This is great for folks with shorter legs and a slimmer profile. However, take note that larger folks won’t be able to comfortably fit both legs underneath the table. You should take this into consideration when determining if it will fit your outdoor space. Overall, this can be a great addition to your small apartment patio or balcony and has the added benefit of stowing away nicely.
One thing to note: the chairs are actually different sizes. This is to make the profile even more compact during storage by allowing the two chairs to slide into each other.
50″ x 22.5″ x 32″
This balcony-centric outdoor furniture set by Tangkula sports a stellar space-saving design. Keeping a sofa-style aesthetic, this product wedges a small end table between two seats. While it may not be appropriate if you’re looking for a conversational set, this synthetic wicker option is absolutely perfect if space is super tight (it commonly is on a balcony!).
Furniture Placement For Small Spaces
Often, folks underestimate the amount of usable space they have on their balconies. While you may lack the space to put your patio furniture in a traditional configuration, a little imagination could make your balcony the envy of your neighbors.
So, how do you arrange furniture on a small patio or balcony? There are many things you can try.
Instead of facing two chairs toward each other with a table in the middle, try configuring your furniture like the Devoko set above. This might provide a better atmosphere for guests to have conversations, as well as reducing the total footprint of the patio furniture set.
If you’re super tight on space, you might even opt to forego a table altogether and simply have chairs. While you will miss the surface-space, it might be the only tweak you need to make your outdoor area work. When buying patio furniture for balconies, this is something important to keep in mind.