The history of Juliet Balconies and how are they seen in the present day

Balconies are platforms projected from the building walls and most of the time they are supported by console brackets and columns. They are an incredible vista for the person that steps outside but at the same time, balconies can offer a breath of fresh air and a place of reminiscence.

The history of balconies

Balconies have been around for quite some time but the most popular one is definitely the Juliet Balcony. This particular type of balcony is obviously inspired by the play Romeo and Juliet written by Shakespeare in which Juliet is sitting in a balcony while being courted by Romeo. Even if the play on its own doesn’t state that Juliet is at a balcony, many artists have portrayed her at a balcony in a variety of artworks based on the popular play.

romeo and juliet balcony

As you can see from the image, there are quite a lot of things that characterize a Juliet balcony, one of them being the fact that it’s not an imposing structure. In fact, it doesn’t protrude much out of the building and most of the time it’s integrated into the upper floor, the only thing that makes it look like a balcony being a small balustrade that can be found in the front.

In the 1600’s, the timeline to which the play is referring, these balconies were made almost entirely out of stone and they were placed very high. That’s why Romeo actually has to use a high ladder in order to get to it.

Throughout the years the Juliet balconies didn’t really evolve that much, at least when it comes to the overall function and design. The main difference in the modern Juliet Balcony include the placement of stainless steel handrails and a glass barrier in front of a high window; however, there are places where you can still find stone based balconies, with many of them being made out of concrete as well.

Types of traditional balconies

You can find multiple types of traditional balconies with design and structure specifics. Usually, there are 3 main types of balconies that can be encountered nowadays and these include:

  • True balconies, which have railings and a deck floor. These usually integrate a wide floor and you can walk on the balcony not to mention that you can also add furniture, plants or decorations if you want.
  • False balconies integrate a narrow deck and rail and are used mainly to block off an opening door. Modern Juliet balconies fall under this category. Most of the time the false balconies are also used to support plants on the railings, but people cannot walk on the balcony.
  • Faux balconies basically consist traditionally out of railings and they don’t have a deck floor. This particular type of balcony will cover the area outside a window and it can be mounted only at 4” away from the wall.

If you truly want to give your home a great appeal and also take its look to the next level, opting for Juliet balconies can be an amazing idea. This allow you to boost the look of your house and it’s also inexpensive, so you should definitely get your own today!

JBNFix Juliet Balconies

glass juliet balcony by JBNFIX

Our Glass Juliet balcony systems are of a clean, modern contemporary design where visible bolts and wall fixings are hidden. The stylish brackets and glass fittings add style to the Juliet Balcony.

Unlike other systems that use several brackets along the bottom rail to hold weaker profiles, JBNFix’s Glass Juliets offer a cleaner design and are easier to install too! They can easily be accommodated to most walls types, including; YES, tiled walls!

Our Juliet Balconies do not use glass clamps, so the complete view is clear and unspoiled. Additionally, our standard units do not use brackets along the bottom rail and any bolts or nuts are not visible!

Fully compliant with BS6180:2011 and BS6399-1:1996

JBNFix Glass Juliet balcony systems:

Framed Juliet Balcony

Our Standard “framed” Juliet Balconies use a handrail and bottom rail. Both are fixed to the walls with specialised brackets where fixings remain invisible. The slimline handrail provides a grab rail to lean on, enjoying a total use of the balcony. It is extremely easy to install and is supplied with a FREE Self Cleaning DIY kit for glass.

[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Extremely easy to install!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Fast delivery times!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Standard sizes off the shelf!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] No visible fixings or glass clamps!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] FREE Self Cleaning DIY kit for Glass!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Fully tested!

Standard Sizes Available to buy online (Estimated delivery within 7 days)

Maximum door opening 1.00m = Handrail 1.25m, Fixing Centres 1.21m 
Maximum door opening 1.20m = Handrail 1.45m, Fixing Centres 1.41m 
Maximum door opening 1.40m = Handrail 1.65m, Fixing Centres 1.61m 
Maximum door opening 1.60m = Handrail 1.85m, Fixing Centres 1.81m 
Maximum door opening 1.80m = Handrail 2.05m, Fixing Centres 2.01m 

Frameless Juliet Balcony

Our Standard “frameless” Juliet Balconies do not need a handrail or bottom rail as the glass is a fully tested laminated toughened. A slimline cap rail could be fitted on top of the glass if desired. It is supplied with a FREE Self Cleaning DIY kit for glass. Maximum tested length = 2m.

[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Easy to install!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Custom sizes!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Fast delivery times!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Stylish glass fittings!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] No visible fixings or glass clamps!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] FREE Self Cleaning DIY kit for Glass!
[icon name=”icon-thumbs-up-alt”] Fully tested!

Money back guarantee:  If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, return it to us within 14 days and we will refund you 100% of the purchase price! Full terms available at

Make an enquiry:


This entry was posted in frameless glass, glass balconies, Juliet balconies, Juliet balcony, Manufacture, Stairs, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *