Apartment Living

Preparing Your Balcony or Patio for Warmer Weather

Warmer weather means spending more time outdoors and that means it’s time to get your balcony or patio in shape for spring and summer. Outdoor living has been trending lately and just because you have a smaller space doesn’t mean that you can’t transform it into your personal oasis. Patio furniture and décor have become more affordable and are crafted from materials that are lightweight, durable, and can withstand the elements. Plants and lighting can also do wonders to add some green space and color to basic brick and mortar and concrete surroundings. Here are some ideas to get your balcony and patio ready for the warmer months ahead.

Proper Cleaning

Clean the inside and outside of the sliding glass doors. Use a commercial window cleaner or opt for an all-natural product like vinegar. Next, sweep away any dead leaves, dirt, and debris that have accumulated over the winter. You can also use a mild cleaner to mop the balcony floor or cement patio (since the concrete is sealed it’s safe) with lukewarm water. Wipe down the railings and any other remaining surfaces that may be dusty and dirty.

Choose the Right Furniture

Now the fun begins! If you already have outdoor furniture, thoroughly clean all of the frames and cushions. If you need to replace any chairs or tables, now is the time to grab them as many retailers have sales early in the spring. Change things up with some plush new cushions and throw pillows in fun colors and patterns.

Add Some Plants

Every patio or balcony needs some plants and you can find an abundance of low-maintenance greenery, flowers, and even veggies, during this time of year. Ohio is in Zone 6, so some plants that do well in low light include hostas, coleus, impatiens, and petunias. If your balcony gets a lot of sunlight, then try geraniums, marigolds, snapdragons, and salvia. There are now many varieties of vegetables that were hybridized for containers if you are into some urban gardening. You can find plant pots and boxes in every size, color, and composition imaginable, but don’t limit your plants to ground level. Hanging baskets are beautiful and add a touch of drama to your surroundings.

Outdoor Lighting

Now that everything is coming together, you need some lighting. If you don’t have an electrical outlet on your balcony or patio, no worries. You can find LED lights to keep the party going long after dark. Choose LED lights in strings and garlands, candles, lanterns, and even chandeliers.


Some other ideas for your balcony include indoor/outdoor area rugs, galvanized buckets for beverages and ice, flags, and citronella candles to ward off mosquitos. You can also find outdoor decor to bring it all together. 

While your apartment complex probably has a pool and plenty of options for hanging around and socializing outdoors, sometimes, you need just a little personal space to hold more intimate gatherings.  A breezy, comfortable patio or balcony is a great way to entertain or to just get outside and enjoy some self-care and “you” time.

Vision Community has Balconies

At Vision Communities, we have balconies standard in many of our floor plans. Our spacious 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom apartment layouts are designed to provide spacious inside space and a balcony for you to enjoy with friends and family. Check out our luxurious apartment floorplans in one of our communities to enjoy life at the VC. 

If you are looking for an apartment with a view, many of our floor plans come standard with a private balcony. We have communities in Columbus and Ashland, with available units for you to tour.