Even in the most spacious apartment, the living space is maximally used for its intended purpose. With a serious approach, a place is chosen for arranging furniture, its design is selected in accordance with the interior, the characteristics of the apartment, the arrangement of windows and doors in it. The balcony is no exception. In Soviet times, it was assigned the role of a "household room", where household items that became unnecessary were often stored. Today, a balcony is a territory that can be used as an additional area to increase the footage of a dwelling.
According to the ideas of the owners and with the help of designers and specialists who can assemble custom-made furniture, the balcony can turn into a kitchen. To do this, electricity, water supply, a hob and a sink are installed on its territory. The same area can become a study, in which it is enough to insulate the walls, floors and install a table, computer and cabinet.
By the way, about the wardrobes. This is the perfect place for them. A built-in wardrobe on the balcony is a dream of many housewives. The built-in object will not clutter up rooms in which there is already enough furniture. On a separate territory, it will take its rightful place, and, by the way, you can even make it with your own hands.
What is it useful for?
This piece of furniture can have several different uses. If there are children in the house, and there is nowhere to put the clothes from which they grew up, a built-in wardrobe on the balcony can solve this problem. It can occupy a corner, be located from the ceiling to the shelf. All shelves in this design can be given for children's things, shoes, toys that are no longer needed to use.
Often a small kitchen area makes you think about a pantry or furniture in which you can store various supplies - jams, twists, canned food, cereals, kitchen utensils. The design on the loggia will solve this difficulty. Convenient shelves will allow you to put jars and packages, boxes and boxes, which will store everything the hostess needs.
Moreover, such a structure can become an excellent element of the decor of the entire apartment. Built-in furniture with elegant doors made of transparent or colored glass, with natural materials used as decorations - it can serve as a home library, a showcase for handmade crafts.
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If you make a wardrobe for a balcony or loggia, you should take into account the peculiarities of the territory. If it is not glazed and you need a cabinet, you can use the metal base as wall and ceiling mounts. Such a cabinet will serve as a storage place for sports equipment items. Ideal if the territory is insulated and glazed. The furniture structure can be modular, sliding, have “compartment” doors, many shelves, drawers.
Secondly, one should pay great attention to the choice of materials from which such a cabinet will be built. Wood, plastic, metal profile, chipboard will do. If the furniture is supposed to have the functionality of an assistant, it is advisable to use a metal base, strong wooden, metal shelves.
If the design is of a simpler nature, it is permissible to make boxes and shelves from chipboard, drywall, glass doors. Do you need lighting for such furniture? Undoubtedly. Electricity can be carried out to the balcony or loggia both with your own hands and with the help of a specialist invited for this purpose. The backlighting can be different - someone uses ordinary electric lamps, energy-saving lampshades, someone likes multi-colored LEDs.
In pursuit of fashion and safety, today a lot of attention is paid to the environmental friendliness of the materials used. And not only in the main area of the apartment, the owners make increased requirements for the quality and environmental friendliness of furniture, but for those interior items that occupy the balcony and loggia. To create a cabinet, in this case, it is advisable to use natural materials - wood.
What should be stored in it?
Often such questions are asked by those who have not fully decided on the purpose of this piece of furniture. Experts believe that literally anything can be stored. Install a wardrobe with hangers and drawers for the perfect dressing room for storing seasonal items and shoes. Divide the module into several functional items - the upper part can serve as a basis for storing dishes and household appliances, the lower one - for twists, cereals and vegetables, fruits. And the gap can be the working area of the table, equipped specifically for cooking.
Imagination allows - equip your child's corner for creativity. The cabinet module can have everything you need - drawers for storing paints, a built-in easel that opens together with the cabinet door. It can store small musical instruments, sheet music, music stand. And in general, the balcony in this case can be a great place to practice music.
How to do it yourself?
If there is a desire and opportunity, then it is not only possible, but also necessary. You will need a sketch of future furniture, a list of the necessary consumables and tools that will be needed, decorative elements for finishing. Before you start creating a cabinet, you should tidy up the balcony wall, near which it will be installed. Fill up all the cracks, align, remove the existing nails, glaze the room, insulate it as much as possible.
The most uncomplicated version of a simple cabinet requires the use of wooden beams. They should be attached to the floor and ceiling and will serve as the base. They must be fixed with dowels with a metal sleeve. The frame of the cabinet is built from the same beams, thus the structure will be more durable. Thick plywood or wood planks will become shelves. First, they need to be "sanded", treated with special compounds that exclude injury.
But if your closet claims to be exclusive as a decorative element in an apartment, then there are no boundaries of imagination. Even dry tree branches will come in handy to effectively decorate the structure; it can become a home library where rare, beloved desk books are kept.
And if you want to pamper yourself with the opportunity to have a few moments of relaxation, spent alone with yourself, then the wardrobe can serve as an excellent bar option. The upper part will serve as a storage place for glasses and wine glasses, and the lower part will serve as a "cellar", where various drinks will be prepared for a variety of occasions. Place a cozy armchair next to it and your cozy seating area is ready.
A balcony cabinet is an irreplaceable thing in the household. It can serve as a basis for further improvement. Use at your own discretion other consumables, build in doors, which may have glass windows. And then the cozy balcony furniture will delight not only the apartment owners, but also each of their guests.