hehe, glad i could inspire! yeah, we're very happy about the way things worked out on our balcony - the bench was just 645 SEK at bauhaus and is really sturdy and nice. added bonus? you can actually stretch out and nap on it. i've always hated most table + chair solutions because i like to flop around and change position when relaxing, so a bench works wonderfully.
the balcony-table thing works really well because it's real easy to fold-down when not needed. we're also going to add two boxes or something to use at foot rests. when not in use, one can put the foot rests underneath the bench. ta-da!
we had breakfast with marp's mom on the balcony the other day and it worked great and didn't feel cramped at all.