A wide variety of finishing materials and all kinds of stylistic directions allows you to experiment in the design of small balconies. One of the most environmentally friendly materials is wood. The wood-paneled balcony is a great stylistic solution for any home.
Advantages and disadvantages
Like all other finishes, this one has its advantages and disadvantages. The main advantages are the safety and non-toxicity of the coating. Another bonus is the ease of installation. You can even sheathe a balcony with wood yourself, without spending too much time on it.
Wooden flooring does not look as boring as it might seem at first glance. There are many types of wood and their processing options that can greatly change the appearance of the material. Therefore, you can not be afraid that the tree will look too banal and simple.
The disadvantages of this finishing method include fragility. Untreated wood is very sensitive to temperature extremes and can rot or dry out over time. If you want to remodel or decorate the balcony with wood, then make sure in advance that all materials are treated with special protective equipment before installation.
If you decide to decorate the balcony from the inside with wood, then you should familiarize yourself with the whole variety of materials that will allow you to translate this idea into reality. In addition to the classic wood panels, which differ only in color and texture, there are other options. To decorate the balcony space from the inside, MFD or drywall sheets, cork or bamboo panels can be used.
But the most popular option is still lining. It looks aesthetically pleasing, and at the same time, it is of very good quality. Having finished the balcony with clapboard from the inside, you will feel as comfortable and cozy as possible there, because this material has excellent thermal insulation properties. Using this material for decoration, you will create a cozy atmosphere in the room.
There are two options for this finish: full array or separate panels. Finishing with solid wood is significantly more expensive. And not everyone can do such complex procedures with their own hands. It is much easier and cheaper to install separate panels. As a result, the design looks no worse, and you significantly save money.
Most often, pine, spruce, ash, oak or cedar wood is used for interior decoration. But it may well be some rarer wood species. When choosing a material, you need to pay attention to how smooth and high-quality its surface is. Cheap low-grade materials can only be taken if you plan to paint the walls additionally.
With your own hands
If you decide to finish the surface of the balcony walls with wood yourself, then this simple instruction will come in handy.
Several holes must be drilled in the wood panels to install them. On the balcony wall itself and the frame, which was built for the reliability of the finish, you also need to drill holes forty cm deep. Dowels are inserted into them, which allow you to screw the panels to the wall with screws.
If you want to additionally insulate your balcony, then under the panels you can lay special heat reflectors or plastic wrap. They will protect the room from the winter cold.
Another important point that must not be forgotten is that there should be at least one centimeter gap between the individual boards. This will extend the life of the tree. With high humidity, the surface will not burst.
After the panels have been fixed, it is advisable to treat them with antiseptic agents or paint over with high-quality ship varnish. This will also help protect the wood from deterioration. Such varnish is not cheap, but by extending the life of the tree, it will allow you to significantly save on new repairs.
If you want to cover wood panels with wood stain, then it is worth considering the fact that it changes the color of the wood. The more layers of stain you apply, the darker the shade you get. It is worth applying each separate layer only after the previous one has completely dried. The same applies to varnish.
A balcony trimmed with wood from the inside is an interesting design solution that fits perfectly into modern realities. It doesn't matter if you want to make such a cozy balcony in a wooden house or a small apartment. The main thing is that you like the chosen design, and the quality of the finish remains at the highest level.