We had a tiny terrace for garbage and cleaning tools, some spare paint, the willingness to spend about 70 euro and a free weekend. So we thought it through, bought some wood and plants and spent a day and a half doing some painting and handywork.
We managed to get it all very sturdy using heavy hinges and heavy duty shelf supports from the hardware store. Everything folds flat to the wall, so we can easily reach our recycling I've managed to get into the square meter behind the black little fence - using shelving. (Luckily we also have a garage downstairs, so we can always store some garbage there if needed).
It's tiny, it's ridiculous, it's a hassle to get stuff from inside once you're comfy, but it's lovely. It seats up to 3 people, catches direct sunlight from 3pm, and stays sunny the whole evening. Ideal for breakfast, coffee after work, light meals, late drinks or even some writing or reading. We're so happy to be able to just step outside so easily now. And so is Cartouche, our indoor cat.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 6.23.10 - NM)