Juliet balcony railings are one of the most interesting solutions for balconies. In fact, they can hardly be called balconies, as they are sets of railings that are fixed on the sides of floor-to-ceiling windows. This design was firstly mentioned in catalogues in 1920s. The railings wereinstalled to give the possibility of opening the windows or patio doors fully without the danger of falling out. Furthermore, they create an illusion of a more spacious room from theinside and a fully functional balcony from the outside.Juliet balcony railings look especially beneficial if some additional elements such as plant baskets, shutters, etc. are added.
Initially, there wasn’t a big variety of options to choose from.Railings were usually made of wrought iron, so they were heavy and difficult to install.
Nowadays we can make Juliet balcony railings for you from aluminum, steel, glass, etc. Lightweight materials are easily installed and their designs can be customized in any way necessary.
Opened floor-to-ceiling windows or patio doors are dangerous for both children and adults, as it’s possible to accidentally fall out and hurt oneself dramatically. Usually, a railing is installed at the height of an adult person’s waist to ensuretheir safety. The balustrades are placed tight enough soa child would not be able to squeeze his or her head between them and get stuck.
Our professionals at Art Metal Workshop Inc. can also install temporary Juliet balcony railings in your house while you are building or reconstructing your upper story deck.
Even though you’re actually standing inside the room when approaching your Juliet balcony, safety requirements still demand the railingto be of a certain height. It must not be less than 42”, or roughly 110 cm. The space between balustrades cannot be over 4”, or roughly 11 cm.
If you find it too high and think the railings block the view from your floor-to-ceiling window, we at Art Metal Workshop Inc. can install glass railings for your convenience. In case you need height extensions to ensure your children’s safety, glass or plexiglass can be also used for this purpose.
If you have a small apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliet balconies will be highly beneficial. They will make the room look more spacious and create the illusion of a balcony from the outside. These constructions will also enhance the safety of windows that are potential fall hazards.