Although within safety guidelines for spacing between rails, common apartment railings have a small space at the bottom… just enough for a small dog (or small cat) and their small toys to fit through and fall to their demise.
So here is a visually subtle yet sturdy (yet temporary) balcony safety idea creating a safe outdoor living space both you and your fur babies can enjoy.
Estimated Time to Complete
Once you have the items needed (which we’ll get to in a moment), easily under 20 minutes for a typical 10 - 12 foot balcony.
Level of Difficulty
Depends on length of the railing requiring a safety barrier. The project in this post required 10 feet. I purchased 3 standard 4 ft pieces. That along with a packet the U-shaped nails (with I can use for future household projects) brought my total cost to just under $90.
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If you need to cut the utility shelving… here are a few options:
If you choose to color-match, (spray) paint shelving before beginning installation (which will take less than 10 minutes). However, I recommend allowing 24 hours for the paint to fully dry before beginning installation process.
And when you move, you can easily remove the nails and safety guard. So give it a try and protect your smaller fur babies and their toys from dangerous falls.
In the meantime, get started and get going putting the fun back into functional stylish living… in under an hour!
Having Trouble Getting Started?
I used to feel the same way too. After all, who wants to put time into a project that may not work in their specific home? That's why I created this Quick DIY Check Prep (List) for getting you started on those projects that actually enhance your home. I use this when starting any home DIY endeavor... big or small.
Knowing the "whys" of your home projects not only helps you with the "hows" but keeps you focused on the DIY endeavors that will matter for you... saving you time and money.
The Under-an-Hour, Home DIY Warrior