Commonly used in brooding Victorian homes and other traditional architecture, bay and bow windows are recognizable by their distinctive curve, protruding slightly from your home’s walls. They look similar, but are actually different, with bays featuring three panels – –a bigger central unit flanked by two others on the side – –while bows are designed with four to six units of uniform size and shape. This results in a more angular form for bay windows and a smoother curve for bow windows.
The Beauty of Bay and Bow Windows
These windows remain popular because of their aesthetic appeal. When viewed from the outside, the shining expanse of glass provides a clean and lovely look to your home. From the inside, they can serve as an interesting focal point to any room because of their elegant design. Because bay and bow windows protrude from your home, they create a deep sill area you can use to display plants and other decorative items. However, that’s not all they’re good for.
The Function of Bay and Bow Windows
The same deep sill area of bay and bow units can provide extra square footage for your home, opening up additional seating or storage (or both!) for you. Here’s how to make the most of these replacement windows:
- Tuck a breakfast nook into bay and bow windows. With the sill deep enough for sitting, just add a table, and you’ll have a breakfast nook you can lounge in to make starting your day more enjoyable. Quick tip: Make sure to use a firm, easy-to-clean cushions to avoid food stains.
- Use it as a reading lounge. The deep sill area can be fitted with comfortable cushions for sitting back and relaxing. The space underneath can be installed with shelves for your books and favorite reading materials. Because bay and bow windows have a large glass area that lets in light from different angles, they are the best spot for long, pleasant reading sessions.
Did You Know?
Central units for bay windows are usually fixed, meaning they are inoperable. If you want to take advantage of natural ventilation while enjoying what a bay window has to offer, simply go for operable styles, such as casements or double hungs, for the side units.
In the final installment of our blog series, we’ll be discussing how investing in replacement picture windows can create a seamless indoor-outdoor connection.