Dear Sue, thank you for your review. Just two things: I have a little table (the same shown in the pics!) and chairs close to the fireplace, and guests could bring them outside the balcony in case they like spending some time sitting outside. Sorry if me or my dad not told you about this option! Actually I prefer not leaving furnitures and objects on the balcony all the time because the weather could suddenly become strongly windy, and things and furnitures can fall or get broken. I specified in my description that the balcony is not large enough for more than 2 people at once sitting outside. My king size bed is actually a futon low on the floor, as shown in the pictures as well. Really sorry if you felt it a little bit firm :( Glad that you spent a great holiday in my apartment! Hope to meet you in person one day! Thank you again!