I recently heard that studies show renters (though it’s a must have on their checklist) don’t actually use their unit balconies, which surprised me because Ken and I have always used the heck out of the balcony in all the places we’ve lived.
This Spring we’ve been working on making our balcony into an extension of our living room as it’s connected by GIANT sliding doors. So the moment it warmed up we’ve been opening the door and letting the rooms flow as one. And in a 620 sf apartment, it makes a huge spacial impact!
I’d been ogling this side table on Pinterest and had a feeling we could make one for our balcony out of a pressure treated (outdoor grade) heavy timber so I recruited Ken to help me make it happen and I LOVE the way it turned out. The key power tool here is the belt sander as it smooths out a multitude of sins: unlevel legs, uneven top, and of course, any rough edges.
- One 6″ x 96″ cedar or pine timber. If you plan to use the table outdoor, make sure you buy a green-treated pine timber.
- Circular saw
- Belt sander
- Measuring tape
- Electric drill
- 8 Wood Dowels
- Wood glue
- 2 Clamps