Compact furniture means that this small balcony from Marie Claire Maison still has plenty of seating.

At this time of year, nothing is nicer than having your own, private outdoor space. And you don’t have to have a giant backyard to create a beautiful outdoor retreat — it’s possible to make an inviting space out of even the smallest balcony. Take a look at these 10 very inspiring (and very small) outdoor spaces. Above: This Swedish balcony from Mainstreet Stockholm looks like a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning.