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Can you sit on a Juliet Balcony?

If you’re thinking of adding a Juliet balcony to your home, you might want to know whether it can be used as a functional outdoor space, perhaps somewhere you can sit and enjoy a morning coffee. The short answer is no, you can’t sit on a Juliet balcony for a couple of reasons. But there are still other ways you can enjoy your balcony.

The reasons why you can’t you sit on a Juliet Balcony

A Juliet balcony is designed more for aesthetic and safety purposes rather than for use as a functional outdoor space. Here’s why…

Lack of Space

By design, Juliet balconies are shallow and typically only a few inches to a foot wide from the wall. This limited depth makes it impossible to have any seating or furniture.

Safety Concerns

While the railing provides safety, it’s not intended to support the weight of someone leaning against it for a long time, let alone sitting. Balconies that are designed for seating are able to withstand different weight and stress requirements, whereas the Juliet balcony is not.

Building Regulations

Many building codes have strict guidelines on balcony sizes and uses. Juliet balconies generally do not meet the sizing requirements for a usable outdoor space, such as minimum depth and load-bearing capacity.

How can I enjoy my Juliet Balcony?

While you can’t sit on a Juliet balcony, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy your balcony…

Enhancing Interior Space

Opening the doors or windows onto your Juliet balcony creates a sense of an open, airy feel opening up your indoor space. This can make a room feel bigger and more connected to the outside.

Natural Ventilation and Light

In addition to opening the doors or windows to your balcony, this allows for increased natural light and fresh air. This can improve the comfort and ambience of your space. 

Aesthetic Appeal

Juliet balconies add elegance and charm to the exterior of your building. They can be decorated to fit your desired aesthetic. Whether this be through flowers and plants or choosing your favourite type of railing and glass, enhance the visual appeal of your home.


While you won’t be able to sit outside on a Juliet balcony, its benefits to your home are undeniable. From boosting natural light and ventilation to adding a touch of architectural elegance, a Juliet balcony can enhance both the interior and exterior appeal of your home.

For more information on Juliet Balconies visit Origin Architectural, and experiment with our online Juliet balcony designer tool.

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