When interior designer Kyra Williams lived in Paris, she was always happy to see her fellow city dwellers perched on their balconies, enjoying coffee with friends. “If you’re in the heart of an amazing city, your apartment is probably really tiny, so real estate is important,” says Williams, lead designer for San Francisco-based Bungalow, a home rental startup. Even the smallest, narrowest balcony can be a great place to relax and entertain. “Consider your balcony part of the square footage of your space and really utilize it.” Here’s how to transform your postage-stamp-size balcony into an outdoor oasis, according to experts. “Whenever I go into designing a space, I really try to think about how the people living in that space are going to use it,” Williams says. The needs of someone who aims to create a cozy reading nook, for one, will differ from those of someone looking to host outdoor gatherings. If you want a space to fill more than one role, consider multifunctional or adjustable pieces that can be moved around as needed. To get the most seating out of narrow, rectangular balconies, Williams suggests lining a long bench with cushions. “That way you could seat five or six ...