People are just learning that tiny balconies with no floor have 'fantastic' use

People are only just realising what tiny balconies outside windows are for
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People are just now catching on to the real purpose of those tiny balconies that don't have any floor space.

You've likely spotted them adorning building exteriors - balcony railings with fronts that aren't suitable for lounging or storage.

These architectural features are known as balconettes or Juliet balconies and recently sparked lively discussions on Reddit. A photo of a pair of such balconettes was posted in the r/CasualUK subreddit, prompting the question: "What's the point in building these 'balconies'?"

The thread wasn't short of humorous takes. One commenter quipped they're ideal for "standing in the window in your dressing gown" while enjoying a smoke. Another chimed in saying they're handy for "hauling up awkward pieces of furniture that won't fit around the tight bend on the stairs".

But there were also those who provided genuine insights. "It's a Juliet balcony. They're to maximise your view and air flow," one user clarified, adding in jest: "You can stand there in the morning with the door open, coffee in hand, maybe even your tackle out, who knows!"

And there's also a safety aspect to their use, as another explained: "It's not really a balcony, it's the guard railing. Having a door there, instead of a window, means you can get greater views, more light and more ventilation. Obviously you don't want anyone falling out, hence the railing."

Balconette, a firm specialising in their production, states on its website: "To enhance your view, maximise natural light, and improve the airflow in your home, a Juliet balcony serves as the perfect solution.

"Opting for a glass Juliet balcony, with its sleek and clean lines, is a fantastic and affordable method to elevate both the external and internal aesthetics of your home. There's no denying that they truly enhance the overall appearance."