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Summer is in full swing and it’s time to get grilling! Just because you happen to live in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to miss all the fun. Here are some pointers to make the most of your limited space and how to enjoy a full backyard experience from your balcony/patio.

Seating

First, evaluate the space you are working with and determine what can fit on your patio. Here are a couple of options:

5 Piece Dining Set

  • Seats 4
  • Moderate to large sized patios
  • Table size: 75’’ x 45’’ (can vary by style)

Bistro Set

  • Seats 2
  • Small to moderately sized patio
  • Table size: 40’’ x 40’’ (can vary by style)

Tip: Also consider bench-style seating, they can be versatile and have room under them for storage. 

Storage

Use vertical space! Make shelves your friend by attaching them to your wall or balcony railing. With the extra space, you now can store the tools for the grill and non-perishable condiments. 

Tip: If you are using a foldable table and chairs, install hooks on the wall to hang these items. It helps clear value patio space.

Grills

Depending on the size of the patio, you have different options for the grill. First, a standing grill is great because it doesn’t take up much space. You can place it nearly anywhere and it’s easy to clean. Second, a low portable grill is excellent in the case you want to take the grill on the go! They are small and compact but require you to sit or squat to use it. Lastly, a hanging grill is an excellent option that provides plenty of grilling space, however, they are not portable and may be difficult to clean.

Disclaimer: Not all apartments allow outdoor grills on their patios. Always ask your property manager first for their official policy.

Propane, Charcoal, or Electric

The source of fuel to power a grill comes down to preference. Here is a list of the pros and cons of each fuel source.

Propane

Pros:

  • Heat up quickly. 
  • Easy cleanup
  • Easy to control the temperature

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Requires more space
  • Need to refill the tank

Charcoal

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy cleanup
  • Smoky flavor
  • Grill marks
  • Available in smaller sizes and easy to transport

Cons:

  • Takes longer to heat up
  • Cannot be turned off
  • Burns at a higher temperature
  • More difficult to control heat

Electric

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick heat up
  • Ideal for small patio
  • Does not require fuel

Cons

  • No grill flavor
  • Does not reach a high temperature

Decor

Add some flair to your patio by adding personal touches with decorative items.

Lighting

By using a unique source of lighting such as string lights or Chinese paper lanterns, you can create an exotic aesthetic. The diffused light can open up your space and the soft glow gives a laid-back vibe. 

Plants

Using plants makes your patio feel more like a backyard. They add a peaceful aesthetic and give a beautiful view. Just remember to use plants that are appropriate for your type of climate.