Yes! I finally found a solution for a perfect balcony cat bed!
All you need are adjustable holders for jardinieres (is this really a word??) and a basket / box which stands rain. You can see black balcony trough holders under the board next to Kajsa. In Finland, all bigger stores for garden supplies and plants sell those; they cost about 4€ ($5). So instead of using them for flowers, the holders keep a basket. This construction also works for other kinds of banisters, for example handrails in staircases.
My cats didn’t like sitting in the flower pots you can see on this picture, so I gave up and used them for flowers instead. I guess they were too narrow. Tessa likes the board as well, but Kajsa needs something to hide in.
On a side note: the board consists of left-overs piles of weatherproof wood I bought for our catio. I wanted to have a sideboard for my coffee, but great that Tessa likes it as well.
Being on a budget means prioritizing. I decided that a balcony is more important than space. Finnish balconies are often glazed, and built “inside” the outer wall – meaning not sticking out of the house. My bedroom is shorter than the other rooms, because the balcony substitutes this part of the bedroom. These kind of balconies are warmer than traditional “outside-the-wall” balconies.
I built removable window screens instead of installing a permanent balcony net. As the balcony has windows, I have to remove the net to open and close them.
With screens in summer
And as a “winter garden” with windows in autumn. Because I don’t heat the bedroom, I don’t mind opening the balcony door at day time. I close the door when I go to bed, so the cats have about 15 hours access to the balcony in late autumn!
I bought a cheap cat tree on Ebay, and both girls were really excited because of the smell. From a hygienic point of view, it’s probably stupid to buy second-hand trees, but I decided to take the risk.
I bolt the cat tree on a small table to enlarge the tree – large cat trees are more expensive than a small table and screws.
Yes!!! For the very first time they used something I built right away!! I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The ironing board doesn’t look very stable, but has now been there for 3 months – a cheap and easy solution for a window sill.
I really hope this posting makes sense, it took me ages to write it.