It is pretty universal that a balcony is built for one main purpose...to give the residents of the house some outdoor access without actually having to go outside. It is a little, private oasis in your own home that gives you fresh air and maybe even a little bit of sunshine if you are lucky. You'd be surprised then how many people have balconies that make absolutely no sense. Whether they are built with no entrance or they are completely blocked off or inaccessible, you would be surprised to see how many balconies exist that will leave you utterly and completely speechless.
The Perfect Corner Balcony...
Just when you think you have found the perfect apartment, it's reasonably priced, in a great neighborhood, and it even has a balcony. You can't contain your excitement, however, you know you shouldn't jump the gun. Your thoughts are proven when you arrive at the apartment and see this amazing "corner balcony" that is completely inaccessible to ay of the people living in the apartments. Are they just for
At least the building is a nice and pretty peach color, even if the balconies are utterly and completely useless for anyone who lives there and doesn't want to risk their life reaching them.
When There's a Will There's a Way
Not everyone grows up with the luxury of a big backyard where they can have a private pool, or even a blow up pool that is fun to splash around in on a hot summer day. Some people live in apartments and in a hot climate and the only thing they are lacking in life is a pool. Introducing the balcony pool...on display on this balcony and being used by a young man.
It may just be a matter of time before the people living below him become his worst enemies, but in the meantime, they seem to be enjoying their time in the balcony pool
The Most Useless Balcony
When you think of a balcony, the first thought that comes into your head is most likely not a small platform with a railing that is placed in between two buildings in a dark alleyway. Why would anyone build a balcony like this one and why would anyone rent an apartment with a "balcony" like this? It serves none of the purposes of a balcony besides providing a little fresh air, but that can also be accomplished by opening a window.
Maybe this was built on the building before the second building was added. Maybe at one time this balcony had a beautiful view of the countryside.
The Perfect Balconies but No Way to Reach Them
Ok, so this one had to be the work of a brand new or first year architect. Something definitely went wrong in the blueprint stage of this and it is surprising that no one in the building stage caught on before the mistake was unfixable. The funniest part about this is that each apartment seems to be "equipped" with a balcony, except there is just no way to reach the balcony.
Do you think the listing for the apartment says that there is a balcony? After all, technically there is, you just have to be creative on how to reach it.
And Now the Balcony Without a Railing
You have already seen the railing without a balcony so now you are presented with the balcony without a railing. Which one is scarier? Probably the first one, since this balcony has a railing on most sides and it is just mysteriously left out on one of the sides, however you can still take your pick. At least with this one you can actually stand on it for a bit even if the one side is a risk.
This looks even scarier at night as you can almost really imagine someone, God forbid, falling off of this balcony and into the abyss.
Just One Person at a Time
Well, this does technically meet the requirement of being a balcony, as there is an exit to reach it, it does provide fresh air, and it does give you some access to the sun. However, it is a pretty lonely balcony and there is only really room for one person in the space. There isn't much room beyond the few feet of space that can accommodate one person or two if they squish.
It is better than nothing at the end of the day, even if people have to take turns using the balcony.
The Blessed Apartment With a Balcony
When you first look at this building you might be led to believe that none of the apartments feature a balcony. However, upon closer examination, that is not the case. There is one blessed apartment that is lucky enough to come with a balcony. No one knows why that apartment was chosen and why no effort was made to build any other balconies for the building except just the one.
Whoever lives in that apartment is the lucky one though. It is also a balcony on the top floor so they probably get plenty of sunshine as well.
Is It a Balcony or Is It a Room?
Going by the main purposes of constructing a balcony in the first place (fresh air, sunshine, or maybe even a view), you may be confused as to what exactly this is. Is it a balcony or is it a small room? It definitely used to be a balcony, but things were changed at some point. Now it is essentially just a room with windows into the other rooms of the house.
Imagine seeing the listing for this apartment and being excited at the prospect of a balcony only to find that the balcony is actually this.
When You Have an Outdoor Cat but a Second Floor Apartment
Having animals in a house can be difficult. It is worth the difficulties, but they are still there nonetheless. This is especially the case if you have an outdoor cat and you live in an apartment building. While you want the cat to still be able to roam free in the outside world, you also want them to have a safe home to return to at night. That is why this family made the cat ladder to the balcony.
Their cat can now, with the help of this ladder, climb in and out of the balcony and therefore the house, whenever they want. They have total flexibility with their lives.
A Lamp Post Through the Balcony
So you probably wouldn't be too surprised to see someone constructing a building and choosing to build around a tree or a monument, however, that precaution may seem a bit extreme when it comes to a lamp post. This contractor is building their entire new building while there is literally a lamp post in the middle of one of the balconies. Who wants the balcony with its own street lamp?
It seems like an interesting choice that was made while constructing this new building. Perhaps it is even weirder if they weren't allowed to move the lamp post at all.
When the Hunter Gets a Balcony
Although hunting is a debated sport in many places, there are probably few people, even amongst the most avid supporters of hunting, who would enjoy seeing a sight like this. After all, no one wants to be reminded of death that much, even if it is just in the form of animal skulls. There is something so eerie and creepy about even just looking at this as you pass by.
It almost seems like they put this out there so that everyone who walked by would be creeped out, but they would never have to actually look at it themselves.
The Strangest Spanish Balcony
It depends on where your eye leads you when you first look at this photo of the balcony on a cute building in Spain. If you see the bottom balcony first then you are probably a bit surprised to see this photo on the list of weird and unexplainable balconies. However, just move your eye slightly upwards and you will see why it was included on this list in the first place.
They have balcony bars above the actual balcony, however, this is no window or door that leads ot the balcony bars. So what is the point of having them there at all? Just for looks?
A Railing but No Balcony
Although you have probably seen a balcony without a railing (even if you were a little scared for your life to walk out on it), you have probably never seen a railing without a balcony. Why did people even bother to install and add the railing in if they were not going to be able to use it as an actual balcony? God forbid someone walks out and thinks it's a normal balcony.
It seems like it would also be a waste of money, to install an entire railing for the balcony but then not to include the floor. You can't even say that it's an apartment with a balcony.
The Pointy Elongated Balcony
Some people like to be unique, and those people need to make an effort to show the world that they are not just like everyone else. This balcony is a prime example of just that. These people wanted to show the world that they are unique so they created this unique and somewhat strange balcony design where the corner at one of the ends of the balcony is actually pointy and elongated.
They definitely succeeded in being strange in the world of balconies so if that was their only goal, they did a good job achieving it.
Is It a Balcony for the Birds?
It is unclear if the most disturbing part of this balcony is the fact that it is so close to the window and door opening and yet you still cannot access the balcony directly, or the fact that it is so strangely small that it almost leads you to believe that it is actually a balcony for birds. Whichever is the most disturbing part, just about everyone can agree that this is a strange one.
This is actually quite a nice looking balcony compared to some of the other ones on the list, however, it is not functional even in the least bit.
A Balcony for the Birds
Although some of the other balconies on this list may have looked like a birdhouse or something that was built for flying creatures, this one definitely was. Or maybe it wasn't built for that purpose, but that is certainly what it is being used for now. There is no way that anyone can stop the pigeon takeover that has occurred on this little mini side balcony attached to the side of a wall.
Although it has no purpose for humans (there is no way to even access it unless you become a wall climber), the birds seem to be having a nice time with it.
When You Try to Build Your Own Balcony
Kudos to anyone who tries to build their own balcony, it is not an easy task. It is not easy to build anything really and especially not your own balcony when you live a few floors up. But it seems that this person is extremely desperate for a balcony and they were going to get one even if they had to build it themselves, which is exactly what they then went to do.
Who thinks that they can make a DIY balcony? No one really would think it would be possible, but in the world of DIY, everything is possible.
A Tiny Balcony on the House Corner
Have you ever seen a smaller balcony than this one? The answer is probably no unless you are referring to something from a dollhouse. Not only is the size of this balcony strange, but the placement of it is questionable as well. Why would anyone ever decide to put a balcony there? It just makes no sense at all and it is hard to understand what the purpose of it is and what the creators thought the purpose would be.
Does anyone have any ideas of what this was meant for in the first place, besides just a conversation piece and a laughingstock?
War Preparations on the Balcony
From the outside, the sight of a balcony that has been turned into an army base like area can be quite alarming. It is not immediately clear where this balcony is located, but the Russian flag flying from the side does give a little clue. Maybe this is the only way that the family living inside of the house can feel safe against outsiders and thieves that would come to their house.
On the other hand, maybe this is just a really clever Halloween costume that was very well thought out and executed (no pun intended).
Turning Your Balcony Into a Solar Panel
If you really think about it, it doesn't make much sense that individuals don't take advantage of solar panels for their personal electricity, especially if they live in a sunny place. This family was looking to save a bit on their electricity bills and that is why they installed all of these solar panels on their very sunny balcony area. It may not be the prettiest, but it is functional.
It looks like none of the neighbors have followed suit yet, even though they could probably use some additional help with money from solar electricity like the family with the panels.
The Route to Rob the House
Although these people were probably just trying to get creative with the space that they have in their houses and they wanted to make a little rock climbing wall on part of the garage area, they may not have considered the risk that it brings to their home. After all, now anyone who wants to rob the house through the window is given a clear and easy path to do so.
All they have to do in order to get into the house is climb the rock wall, which probably wouldn't be too difficult for most people as it looks like a beginner one.
A Balcony for Your Dog
Now this is one of the only balconies on this list that is just plain old heartwarming. This family loved their dog so much and knew that he loved to sit outside and watch the people and things go by that they decided to build him a little balcony of his own. You can see just from this photo how much he enjoys his little balcony and how he sits there just about every day.
He is really living the life. From the looks of it, his owners do not even have a balcony of their own and yet he has a personal little balcony.
Turning Your Balcony Into a Boat
Who doesn't love the combination of a balcony and a boat? Well, you probably never really thought of it before because it's a pretty unique concept. However, this person decided to go out of the box and make the unexpected. That is why they took their balcony and extended it in a way that made it look like a boat. You have to give them credit for creativity if anything.
It looks like a very fun playhouse if you were to have children, but even if you are just living there as an adult, it also looks like it would be a lot of fun.
A Balcony for Plant Lovers
Plants are the new pets of the millennial and Gen Z world. Just about everyone had a large amount of plants in their homes and there are many people who just don't know what to do with all of their plants. It seems like this person got a little too excited with the plants and they spilled out to the balcony of his apartment, turning his balcony into a little mini jungle.
You have to say that the looks of the mini jungle are much nicer than all of the other barren baconies. Maybe you only notice how bad it is because all of the other balconies are so empty.
Two Inaccessible Balconies in One House
If you ever wanted to see what the definition of inaccessible was, then you should probably take a look at this house. At first glance you might think that it is a perfectly normal house with a wrap around balcony. However, that is not really the case. As a matter of fact, this house and its balconies make absolutely no sense and it's hard to understand their purpose and how to reach them.
Maybe they expect the people who are living in the house to use the tiny window at the top of the one balcony to jump out to enjoy the balcony. The second balcony is hopeless though. What a waste of two great balconies.
Curtains for Your Balcony
Although you normally would use curtains to decorate the inside of your house, it looks like this family decided to make their outdoor area extra beautiful with the help of some curtains on their balcony. This may be one of the only balconies that is adorned with a cute little display of curtains and it is quite a nice one. After all, you can close the curtains from the outside and it has the same effect.
Maybe these people didn't want to have curtains on the inside of their house for whatever reason. Or maybe they love curtains so much that they wanted to have them inside and outside.
Building a Brick Wall Around the Balcony
Although most people are thrilled at the idea of having a balcony that provides them with a little extra sunlight and a bit of fresh air, it looks like it is not everyone. Some people would rather take bricks and barricade themselves into their own house, building a barrier from the outside world. They do seem to be the only people in the building who felt the need to brick themselves in like this.
Why do you think someone would do such a thing and keep the sunlight and everything nice like fresh air far away from them and their home?
The Caged Balcony
It might not initially make sense that someone would have a nice large balcony like this and then cover it in cage like bars, however, you can never know the reasoning that people do certain things. After all, maybe they live in a very dangerous neighborhood and they don't want to risk their houses being broken into in the middle of the night just because they happen to have a balcony.
Although this does look more like a birdcage than a balcony, it probably serves the purpose of keeping the family inside safe and that is the most important.
Glass Barrier of Ice
Although this is probably not really the "glass" that you would hope to have around your balcony at any given time, this resident is probably happy for the pretty view. It must be quite a hassle though as every time they want to go outside, they have to worry about running into a piece of sharp ice that is hanging down from the top of their balcony. It looks pretty, but seems inconvenient.
They probably always thought about putting glass around their balcony area just like all of their other neighbors, but maybe this is what it took for them to actually do it.
The Most Chaotic Combination of Balconies
Of course, balconies are not always perfect when you place them on the outside of a building, especially if the building is tall and massive like this one. However, at the same time, there is something so chaotic about this building that it is hard to even look at it from the outside. Why are all the balconies built so unevenly? Was there absolutely no thought put into this at all?
Either the architect was thinking that they should try something new and unique (and failed) or they were just a very poor architect who didn't realize the mistake until it was too late.
One Bright Blue Balcony
Why be like everyone else and have a plain brown or white or gray balcony? Why not make yours bright blue? It seems like these people decided to do just that and they are now featuring a bright cobalt blue balcony outside of their house. It must make it very easy to recognize this building for anyone who is lost. "Oh, it's just the place with the bright blue balcony".
At the same time, it is quite an eyesore. It doesn't really look good with any of the surroundings and almost looks like a little space ship on the side of the building.
A Balcony or a Ledge?
There could be a full debate around the question of whether or not this qualifies as a balcony, however, there isn't really much that can prove it either way. Either you believe that it is a balcony or you don't. But regardless, you have to admit that anyone who uses this should use full caution at any given time just to make sure that they don't fall off the edge entirely by accident.
It looks like the balcony ledge is attached with just a few strings, which is crazy to think as that isn't much support for the people standing on it or anything that is below.
A Beautifully Decorated Balcony Window
Just from looking at this balcony on the outside, it's almost as if you can completely imagine what the house looks like on the inside. You can picture Victorian style art and furniture throughout the house and it evens seems as if the resident of the house would offer you a cup of tea the moment that you arrive. Maybe you can even enjoy it on the curtain covered balcony.
These curtains also probably double as a type of mosquito net during the summer months. You can still see outside, but if you close them, it keeps the mosquitos away.
A Little Ramp for the Cat
If you have a pet then you probably know that making sure your pet is enjoying the best things is life is one of your top priorities. You want to ensure that they have access to all the nice things that life has to offer. If they are a cat, then that probably includes being able to explore the outside world during the day, but having a nice warm home to return to at night.
That is just what this family did for their cat by building a ramp that the cat could use to get up to the balcony at any time. That means they would never be stuck outside.
A Beautiful Balcony, No Way to Reach It
What is the purpose of a beautiful balcony if you have no way to access it? It seems like it is all too common for people to build balconies that are not accessible in the least bit to the people who live in the houses they are attached to. As a result, they are left with beautiful balconies that are not able to be used at all. Why even build them in the first place?
Maybe they just wanted to match the fence below and they had a little bit of extra material, so they put it on the outside of the house in the shape of a balcony, even though they knew no one would ever use it.
Another Cute but Useless Balcony
When you first look at this house, you think that it is built pretty well. It looks relatively new and it appears to be something that people put a lot of effort into building. However, it seems that someone along the line something went wrong. Maybe they forgot to add the window for this balcony or maybe they just put the balcony in the wrong place entirely...it is not really clear.
Maybe the real reason this mysterious balcony is like this is because there used to be a door there but they recently changed it to close off the room and now there is just a useless balcony.
The Russian Dolls of the Balcony World
If you were to ever think that balconies could be compared to matryoshka, the cute, little stacking dolls that originated in Russia, then you probably would have thought that they were quite strange. However, the minute you see this photo of the little family of balconies, all in descending order outside of the house, you will understand the comparison. After all, they are the balcony version of the Russian stacking dolls.
They may not be as cute or pretty, but all they need is a little bit of paint and they can be a perfect copy of the dolls.
A Balcony With a Star
If you don't know the context and the location of this balcony, your brain probably goes in a lot of different directions in trying to explain what this star symbolizes on this person's balcony and why they are displaying it to the whole world. SOmething about the dinginess of this also makes it looks like some sort of underground club or secret cult, however the real answer is a lot less interesting.
This is actually just part of the Moroccan flag and this star was included in the balcony as it was used as a place for the Moroccan flag.
A Balcony With an Ugly View
It seems like these people can't complain that much, especially when compared to other people on this list. After all, they are lucky to be the only people in the building that have a balcony and yet they are also the most aware of the very ugly view that everyone in the building has. It is still better than the person whose balcony is inside of a dark corridor though. They can still get some fresh air and sunshine here.
A balcony with an ugly view is still better than no balcony at all. That family is lucky compared to everyone else in the building.
Indoor Outdoor Balcony
This is perhaps the strangest balcony of them all and it is hard to tell if it is even a balcony as it appears to be dark and indoors. However, based on some of the other balconies on this list, this can still qualify. It is confusing what the person decided to do on the inside though as it looks like the inside and the outside at the same time.
Maybe that was their attempt to make their dark balcony feel a little bit like the outdoors even though it was very dark and they couldn't even see the sun.