Vastu Guidelines For Balcony | An Architect Explains

A Balcony is a platform that projects from the wall of the building and is surrounded by a railing. It is usually attached and accessed from the Bedroom. It is meant for relaxing. It may or may not have a roof.


Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for a Balcony. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on sound logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.


Balconies should be in the East or North part of the house: They should not be to the South or the West sides of the main building. The Scientific Reason A Balcony is a good place to sit out and sun-bathe. So, the ideal position for this will be in the North, where there is constant sunlight and the East where there is morning Sunlight.The West and South sides are too hot to sit and hence should be avoided.

A Balcony is a semi shaded place suitable for sunbathing


Heavy furniture and seating should be placed only in the South-West part of the Balcony: The Scientific Reason – The North and East parts of the Balcony should not be obstructed by heavy furniture, so that the sunlight can stream in and light up the whole place and the room that is attached to the balcony.

A swing should be placed in the East-West axis: The Scientific Reason – This way, the person sitting on the swing, faces either North or South and thus the sun will not hit him in the face directly.

Small plants can be placed in the North-East of the Balcony: The Scientific Reason Plants need sunlight to thrive and so should be placed in the North-East, where there is constant, morning sunlight. However if they grow too tall or grow up a pillar, they will obstruct the light into the Balcony and so should be kept short.

Keep only small flower pots in the Balcony: Flower pots with Creepers should not be kept in the Balcony. The Logic Big flower pots and pots with overflowing creepers tend to obstruct light into the Balcony.

Height of the Balcony roof should be less than the roof of the main building: The Logic A Balcony is a small space and will look proportional only if the roof is a bit lower than the rest of the building.

Avoid using asbestos or tin roof for a Balcony: The Logic A tin or asbestos roof absorbs and traps heat within a space, making it uncomfortably hot for the users.

Avoid overcrowding the Balcony with heavy furniture and large shrubs
This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of Balcony. The Balcony is usually accessed from the Bedrooms. Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:

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  • February 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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  • August 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Hello..recently i purchased a 1 bhk flat. The plot is rectengal shape and its all about vastu sastra. but i read that balcany in south is not prefrable. in my flat i have 3 balcany and all are at south facing. so i need solution for that. i allready purchased it so plz give me best solution according to u.
    Dear Hetal Shah,
    You can never get an apartment or house in a city which is 100% compliant with vastu. That is the reason why, I an architect, has explained Vastu scientifically. South side gets heated up and so balconies here will be uncomfortable, especially in the afternoons. Also the doors to the balconies will admit the hot air into the rooms. So to solve the problem, use the balconies only in the mornings. Have some plants and shrubs that could act like a buffer to the heat in the balconies.

  • January 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hi.. I am planning to purchase 2bhk flat at hyderabad. All are according to Vaastu and I strongly believe in vaastu saashtra. Here, Balcony they have given in the North-West corner of the building. Many people told that, Balcony should not be in N-W corner of the building.
    Request you to kindly suggest on this? whether shall I go for this flat or not?
    Hi Shyam,
    A NW balcony is not usable after about 2pm till dusk because the Sun is in this corner at that time. But in the mornings, it is a nice place to relax. So do not reject a flat just because people tell you that a balcony in the North-West is unacceptable.

  • February 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    i have space in the southern direction,i want to construct a fabrication structure like a balcony,please suggest,rectification
    Hi Ayyappan,
    I assume you want to add a fabricated balcony on the Southern side of your building. There is no harm provided you can use the balcony. It will be hot to sit there after about 10 am and will remain so till about 4 pm.

  • November 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I have recently purchased 2bhk flat keeping just one thing in mind that all the rooms of the flat gets early morning sun rays.
    Following are the details, please let me know is this healthy & positive Flat
    1) My living room, kids room and master bedroom all has Ceiling to floor length Windows.
    2) The balcony attached with bedroom is open towards East.(South is completely blocked with wall)
    3) The kitchen is an an open kitchen( east open) in the northwest direction of the flat.
    4) The main entrance is in North Corner of the west wall
    5) Master bedroom is in south part of the flat with eastern side having ceiling to floor window.
    6) The Main apartment is EAST facing apartment.with road running parallel on east side.

    Plenty of sunlight in the morning.In fact the house is quite well lighted throughout the day.
    Please help me!!!
    I am lil confused with so many articles on vastu.I need a peaceful life for my family.
    your words can give me peace of mind.
    Hi Priti,
    Why go through so many articles and get confused? You have done the right thing – going by your instinct in buying your house. The fact that it is filled with light especially morning sunlight, is it’s biggest advantage and so it is perfectly in tune with Vastu guidelines.

  • January 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hi am going to purchase a 3 bed room East facing flat. The flat has a balcony at North west corner. It’s small and square in shape. Is it ok to have balcony here?
    We have noticed that the hall of flat is huge with main door in the east side North corner. Now we want to have a balcony their without disturbing the main door. WILL IT BE FINE WITH VASTU
    Hi Arun Kumar,
    According to Vastu, a balcony is the NE is ideal as you can sit there in the mornings and get exposed to the early morning sunlight and in the afternoons when it is quite hot, you are protected. A NW balcony is also good but it can be quite hot in the afternoons.

  • February 1, 2015 at 6:37 am

    We are planning to renovate our house which is Northwest facing. I do not know how to explain the direction but its a corner plot, first in the lane.West is diagonally left if I stand at the front door facing opposite house. The whole of South west of the house is constructed into shops, leaving space only in the west.
    I want to know what direction should I consider to look for the vastu tips for my house. The ground floor portion is to let out, and first floor is where we live. Which direction is the best for the front door of the first floor. Now the door in the first floor faces South west and opens into a balcony. From balcony, the door facing Northwest opens into the living room.
    Hope its not very confusing.. 🙂
    Hi Vandana,
    Actually I am quite confused regarding the door positions in the first floor. Since you have only space in the West side, Have the door in the North west corner or on the western wall in the first floor.

  • February 10, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Thanks A lot sir…

    {Hi am going to purchase a 3 bed room East facing flat. The flat has a balcony at North west corner. It’s small and square in shape. Is it ok to have balcony here?
    We have noticed that the hall of flat is huge with main door in the east side North corner. Now we want to have a balcony their without disturbing the main door. WILL IT BE FINE WITH VASTU
    Hi Arun Kumar,
    According to Vastu, a balcony in the NE is ideal as you can sit there in the mornings and get exposed to the early morning sunlight and in the afternoons when it is quite hot, you are protected. A NW balcony is also good but it can be quite hot in the afternoons.
    Pls also advice what is the best material, to be used to divide the balcony (we are planning for upvc door with glass, so that light enters in living room/hall as well.. just to reconfirm before we proceed requesting builder want your valuable approval.
    Pls note that the moment we enter main door of the flat it lol be balcony and to enter the living room we will have to slide the upvc glass door.
    Hi Arun Kumar,
    To have a glass door is a good idea but will the light and ventilation to the living room be only through this door? Is there no other window to the living room?

  • February 18, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Yes only thru the glass door sir, can I have your number
    My number 08790200111
    Hi Arun Kumar,
    If the ventilation to the living room is only through the glass door, you have to make sure that it can be left open without the fear of security issues.

  • February 22, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I have booked a 3bhk flat in Hyderabad which is West Facing.Everything in the flat is vastu compliant and my master bedroom comes in the south west corner of the flat with a full lenght balcony attached to it. Someone told me that having balcony attached to a south west master bedroom is not good for the family but others are telling that it does not matter. Could you please suggest me on this? I have an option of changing the flat but i have liked this flat. Could you please give me your suggestions on this. It would really help me.
    Thanks, Richa.
    Hi Richa,
    Everyone likes to give an opinion and some give negative ones. Why would a balcony affect the family adversely? I see it as a bonus as it will cut down the heat and sunlight from the SW side to the bedroom. Moreover, always go by your instinct. If you liked this flat then it is the one for you.

  • February 28, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Sir my house is south facing in first floor I have verandah opened to sun with to close it with low expenses as south facing house should not have balcony or verandah on front side of house.
    Hi Sudheer,
    Please don’t feel pressurized to follow the ‘ideal’ vastu recommendations. They are ‘ideal’ but not the only solutions. For me, a balcony in the south is an advantage as it can reduce the direct heat that enters the house. Moreover, it has a roof which will cut down a lot of heat. So retain it.

  • March 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Hello, I am currently living in a rented apartment that is east facing. There is a large glass door that opens up to a balcony in the west direction. I would say more of north west. Is that bad per Vastu? are there any remedies that I could do since it is rented and there’s no construction, paints etc. that I am allowed to do.
    It’s winters time so I am not using the balcony at all except for we get good sunlight in the late afternoon. But summers I was hoping to put some nice plants there.
    Thanks, Deep,
    Hi Deep,
    Don’t do anything. There is good sunlight in the afternoons in the NW and so if you have a balcony there, it can help cut down the heat into the house. It’s a good idea to have some plants in this balcony.

  • March 23, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Hi m preparing for IAS and have rented a room which has south facing balcony with door in SW corner. The house is south facing also. Many sites tell balcony in the south curse the do I correct this defect ?..I have had bad insomnia due to poor vaastu
    Hi Akilesh,
    If you do not like the vibes of this house, look out for another one. This is especially important now, when you are preparing for a competitve exam.

  • April 14, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Ive seen a flat of second floor with north main entrance and the balcony vface south.. Most of the priest confused me that south facing balcony is not suitable. .
    now m confused .. Plz guide me how to judge ba flat ? Is it from the entrance or balcony! !!
    Hi Sonia,
    In this situation, go by your instinct. I would go by the entrance and the overall feel of the apartment.

  • April 17, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Sir I have a borwell in th center of north east by vastu it is states that borwell is not good in central part of house by the way it is in the north east if I divide the house into 4part and at distance of 2 feet from exact center to north and east .please suggest me.
    Hi Suman,
    You mean to say that the borewell is inside the house. If so, is it used? If not seal it off.

  • April 20, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Hi, There is a balcony attached to our southwest bedroom towards the south. Planning to have few potted plants there. Is this fine? If yes, can you please suggest few plants which can be grown here. Also our main door entrance is in the north east & to avoid slippers thrown in front of the door wanted to place tulsi plant & couple of small plants in front of the door on both sides. Please suggest if this is also fine. Thanks in advance!
    Hi Shri,
    Tulsi in the NE is good. You can have potted plants in the South balcony, such as creepers which will give some shade.

  • April 25, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Sir, I’m about to book a 3BHK flat. It has a North facing entrance, SE Kitchen, NE pooja room, SW Master bed room and NW kids room. It has got balconies facing West on both the bed rooms. Also one more balcony facing South in Dining. There is no balcony or window facing East as this flat is at the end. Otherwise i could sense lots of ventilation and rooms are spacious. Kindly suggest whether i can book this as we all liked it. I’ll wait for your inputs and hold on to the decision. If possible request you to share your contact for personal consultation.
    Hi Karthick,
    If you liked it then go ahead. Everything seems to be according to vastu. Not having a balcony/window in the East is not entirely a disadvantage. I do not do vastu consultations. I only give architectural consultations. On this site i just answer your queries in a manner I believe is scientific and helpful.

  • May 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm


    I have booked a flat in first floor with Maindoor entrance facing east .Opposite to main door staircase to second floor is there. whether it is good or bad pls confirm me.
    Hi Ramesh,
    It is okay.

  • May 5, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Hi ! We have shifted in a double storey house which has sloping roofs in drawing room & master bedroom, which is in the SW . Nearly all the rooms have beams in the ceiling. I am especially concerned about beams in the bedrooms. Though the position of the bed could be kept in such a way so as beam comes on the border of the bed. Suggesr me as per vastu.
    Hi Mamtha,
    Yes you can place the bed such that when you look up at the ceiling, you do not see a beam right above you.

  • May 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Hello Sir

    Thank you very much for your efforts in putting up such informative articles and taking time to answer our questions ! I have purchased a flat 2 years ago, and planning to move-in now.

    It has West Facing main door (placed in the north west wall). The Hall, kitchen and 2 bedrooms have big bay windows towards east. South west is fully closed with solid wall and I have made wardrobes on the south west wall of one bedroom (I plan to use this south west bedroom as master bedroom).

    Second bedroom towards north east has attached square balcony towards North East corner. The flat above has a half balcony while mine is full (Our balcony is visible from the half balcony above). To avoid their nuisance & add privacy, I am making a roof with terracota tiles Sloping towards NE. And also closing the NE Side of the balcony with glass doors & Sliding mesh.

    Is this plan okay as per vastu ? Am i making a mistake by closing the balcony with a shade and aluminium sliding bay windows ? All bedrooms, hall & kitchen have windows on east walls, allowing enough light in the mornings.

    Your response is much appreciated !
    Hi Krishna,
    Thank you for your appreciation. It is a pity that you are enclosing the balcony. An open balcony would have been better. If you want your privacy, you can extend the roof but keep the sides open.

  • July 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    sir i want to make a balcony on northwest side of my house for washing clothes is it gud if not hen keeping gap in both wall is okay n hw much gap should b there in it.
    Hi Maina,
    A balcony in the NW corner is okay.

  • September 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you for giving valuable information regarding Vastu through your articles. Iam planning to purchase a three bedroom flat with east facing entrance. I have the following three queries. Kindly clarify.
    1. The balcony is attached to the master bed room which is at the south west corner. The balcony is connected to master bed room through a west facing door and running along the complete breadth of the master bed room from south to north. is this acceptable? as i know open spaces are not allowed in S-W corner what shall I do? If I want to close the balcony with colored glass or sheet, I have to loose the sun light entry completely in to my flat. No other way for sun light entry in to the flat. Kindly suggest suitably.
    2. The children bed room which is at north-west corner is provided with entry at south east corner facing east. If I want to shift this door to N-E the main entrance and the attached bath room door of this bed room and the proposed child bed room entry are coming in single line. Is it acceptable?
    3. Presently there is no special pooja room. If I want to locate the same where should i locate it?
    Hi Suresh,
    It is a balcony and not an open space in your plan. In fact the balcony is useful as it seves as a buffer to the heat entering your room. Why do you want to shift the children’s bedroom door. only if the present position is affecting your furniture arrangement and circulation, you need to shift it. Place the pooja mandir where there is ample light and ventilation and it does not come in the way of your circulation space.

  • October 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm


    I have purchased a flat where the entrance is north and have balconies in south direction. Is this good and is there any remedies i should do if south is not good.
    Hi Kannan,
    Balconies in the south will serve as perfect heat buffers from the hot ‘south’ sun. So it is a positive.

  • December 12, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Hi, we are about to book a flat which is NW entrance and a balcony towards south attached to SW bedroom. Is this okay? Also, there is staircase of d apartment behind master bedroom. Will there be any problems due to this? Pls advise
    Hi Shanthi,
    NW entrance is fine, Balcony in the south is good as it will cut off the hot sunlight from there to the bedroom. If the staircase is not obstructing light into the bedroom, it is fine.

  • December 13, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Main door and main road is north facing. The children bed room which is at north-west corner is provided with entry at facing east no balcony.
    The balcony is attached to the master bed room which is at the south west corner. The balcony is connected to master bed room through a west facing door and a small window. Is this good and is there any remedies.we are 3 brother and 1 is in USA and this 3 floor building where should stay elder and younger brother in this 3 floor building.
    Hi Raju,
    There is nothing wrong with what you have described. Normally the dominant person stays on the top but it is preferable for you to stay according to convenience.

  • December 14, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Hello sir,
    Thank you so much for the valuable information regarding vaastu.
    Sir, i am planning to purchase a flat which is north facing. I would like to clarify that whether it is good to have a door connecting the balcony which is towards the north west of the master Bed room.
    Hi Santosh,
    Thanks for the appreciation. A balcony is always a bonus. It does not matter which direction the connecting door faces.

  • December 17, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I am going to buy this flat.Now a days i am residing at an east facing one bed room flat with attached dining and all the windows at south and east. northern part is blocked totally.Kitchen and toilet attached to the dining are in the west.the main entrance and balcony is also east facing. i am residing at the ground floor at rent and my land lord at the first floor. both of us cannot get pregnant though trying hard for a long. so i think there may be a problem…. more over a drastic economic drop is coming after Dec 2015. So i want to change this position…and going to buy this flat
    HI Nilashri,
    I cannot view your images. In any case I cannot make a decision for you. The choice and decision is yours. Spend some time in both the apartments along with your family and ‘feel’ the spaces. Do this exercise 2 or 3 times. Go for the apartment that you feel happy in.

  • December 27, 2015 at 3:25 am

    I have recently finalised a flat. The main door is facing east. As we enter the flat there is balcony in west. Is it ok?
    Please advise.
    Hi Sanj,
    It seems okay to me. But make your decision based on your gut feeling- if the house makes you feel positive, then go ahead.

  • December 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I have booked a flat in 24 story building at seventh floor in NOIDA (UP). There are three balconies all facing North-West direction.On either side of my apartment there is a row of 24 story apartments towards west direction.
    Can you please tell if sun light can reach during winter times in the balconies. Request you to please reply today. Based on your suggestion, I shall cancel the booking or keep it.
    Thanking you in advance.
    Hi Vineet Kumar,
    Sunlight will always be reduced in the North during winter, but that is a short period in India. So it should not affect you that adversely. But instead of depending on my answer, you have to make a decision based on your instinct and other factors like how much you like this flat, how you feel inside the flat, whether the papers are proper etc.

  • March 10, 2016 at 2:08 am

    I hv a flat with SE (east of SE) entrance and a balcony (length 11 ft x 7 ft wide) in NE attached to drawing room(15 ft x 10 ft). I wish to cover this balcony and make a study room there. should i close with wall or cover with glass or should not change it. There is no other balcony but I am planning to construct a balcony in NW of full flat length (36 ft and 4 ft wide).
    Flat has kitchen in NW.
    bedrooms(2) in S of SW and W of SW.
    toilet(1) & bathroom(1) in SE (exactly opposite to kitchen with a passage in-between(i.e.centre of house of 8 ft x 8 ft).
    Pl adv. as I will be renovating this flat shortly.
    Hi SV,
    I am assuming that your building association has given you permission to enclose the balcony and to add another balcony on the NW. If there is no objection, then it is better you construct it with a proper walls and lot of windows on the North and East walls. The rest of the arrangement seems to be okay according to Vastu Shastra.

  • March 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    We are residing ina rent home..balcony is in south west wats the remedy
    Hi Prakash,
    There is no remedy and no need for it. the balcony will act as a buffer to the house against the hot afternoon sunlight.

  • April 22, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Hi , I am planning to buy a house which is a NORTHWEST main entrance. The balcony is also on the NORTHWEST Side. The balcony is not 100% aligned with main house. It’s about 80% from north to west, that leaves some cut in the WEST corner. Is balcony cut in west corner acceptable? Thanks in advance for your advise.
    Hi Hari,
    Why do you bother about a cut in the balcony. Only a cut in the main house is to be considered.

  • June 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Dear sir,
    I have constructed duplex house ,in the first floor balcony in north side ,while laying tiles in balcony it is bit height (2 inchs) ,is it fine? we have a bedroom in south east corner ,can we use as study room for children?
    Hi Laxmi,
    You can use the bedroom in the SE corner as a study. That 2 inches will not make a difference.’

  • September 5, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Can the balcony be in first floor and not in the second floor ??
    Hi Tharun,
    It can be in either floor.

  • October 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I have recently bought a tilted flat in which entrance door is NW(300degree) and there is a big balcony in SE in one line (directly opposite to entrance door). Is it OK or any remedies are required.
    Hi Pallavi,
    Do not fret about the angle of the flat.

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