Juliet Balcony – examples and tips
A Juliet balcony is a very narrow balcony or railing which sits just outside a window or pair of French doors on the upper storey of a building. Glass is an extremely popular way to do this, as it gives an open and airy touch to a space that other materials simply can’t equal.
The style of Juliet balcony is important, and its certainly a personal choice, but the style and design are often led by installation practicalities. For example, there has to be sufficient fixing points, and some spans are too large to be covered with single panels of glass. Juliets that cover a large span, have to have sufficient fixing points to make it safe. The size of the span, and the fixing points available can make a huge difference as to what design is possible.
Stand-off fittings are often used for Juliet Balconies, as they are so versatile and easy to install. The fittings are suitable to be used with any thickness of glass, and can be adapted to be fixed into any substrate. The stud can be cut to whatever length is required for your installation, meaning it is easily customisable.
We supply Quickcode 769 back spacers in 5 standard sizes, ranging from 10mm to 75mm. However we can manufacture bespoke sized spacers to suit your design, enabling the balustrade to clear any overhanging copings or sills. This can also be used to incorporate drainage space in your balustrade, ensuring your balustrade stays in perfect condition for longer.
Alternatively, our Easy Fit Juliet Balcony system fixes directly to the window profile. Sometimes referred to as the system of invisibility, it is fast and easy to install, and covers all glass thicknesses, heights and widths with just one profile. Available with in both a reveal fix and a side fix, ensuring it is easy to install in even the most awkward of installations.
One thing to consider when designing a Juliet balcony is the use of a handrail. If using monolithic toughened glass, there has to be a handrail in order to meet safety requirements. This is so that there is still a barrier there if the glass happens to break. Alternatively toughened & laminated glass can be used, in which case a handrail is not essential; as the laminated glass maintains the barrier even if one panel breaks.