Sukkot for two: Building a sukkah for a small patio or balcony
Although Sukkot is a couple of weeks away, once Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are over, it will be time to get the sukkah up. If you live in an apartment with a balcony, or even a home with only a small outdoor patio or yard, your space can be quite limited. And just the idea of building a sukkah can seem intimidating.
The good news is, building a sukkah sized for just one or two people is a breeze. (For proof, watch the time-lapse video at jewishjournal.com of me building a sukkah.) It can go up in minutes, doesn’t require major tools and after the holiday will store compactly, so you can use it again next year.
Note: PVC pipe comes in 10-foot lengths at Home Depot and other stores that sell hardware. If you ask nicely, an employee might help you cut the pipe to your desired length. Or you can purchase a PVC cutter at Home Depot for around $20 and make the cuts yourself in seconds. That’s what I did, cutting the PVC pipe in the parking lot to fit it in my car.
1. Assemble the base
2. Add the vertical supports
3. Add elbow pieces to the top
4. Add the last PVC sections
5. Hang the walls
6. Secure the bottom of the walls
7. Put up the roof supports
8. Finish the roof
9. Furnish the sukkah