Apologies for being lame on the blogging front these last few weeks. Milan Design Week took over my life for a while there and I found myself drowning in an unstoppable tsunami of trends that just had to be tamed! [dramatic?]
Anyway, now I am back, refreshed and enjoying this life-changing warmer weather we have been blessed with, after apparently what was the coldest March on record since 1962!
This sunny weekend was one of the most enjoyable and productive. We have been in our home for a year now and one of the main attractions for buying was the balcony that lead out from our living room. A rigid 1930’s design, the concrete balcony wraps around the front of our home and is functional but a little grim and we had been building ourselves up to transform it in some-way. There were discussions about planks of wood, decking, sawing and raised platforms for drainage, which all just sent a shudder through DIY shirking city dwellers like ourselves. “Seems a lot of effort dont you think?” was the unspoken sentiment.
So, we did what any DIY phobes do and turned to Ikea. I had seen ‘PLATTA’, a type of ready-made decking on the Ikea site in January when I couldn’t ever imagine stepping outside ever again and edged it to the bottom of my wish-list.
With the prospect of a long weekend of terse and exhausting trips to B&Q I proposed we give PLATTA a go. PLATTA is/are ready made squares of wooden decking in a Parque pattern that simply slots together! Whenever you hear the phrase ‘simply slots together’ its ‘simply never the case’, however I cannot recommend the simplicity of this product enough. It does what it says on the tin!
We measured up our balcony – went to Ikea – picked up the amount we needed and literally slotted them together in a matter of minutes!!! Filling in any gaps takes a little longer and does involve very minor sawing, but really if you planned to put plants around the edge of the space and were feeling lazy you could bypass this.
The wood feels luxurious and warm under bare feet and the whole effect is neat and smart. Each ’tile’ is raised slightly on a plastic grid for draining and they can also be taken up easily for cleaning.
We then spent the remainder of the sunny afternoon enjoying the sun with drinks on our new balcony! Miracle product! Well played Ikea!
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org