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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  2. Hetal Bhavin Shah says:

    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.

  3. shyam says:

    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.

  4. ayyappan says:

    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.

  5. priti says:

    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.

  6. Arun Kumar says:

    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.

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