Bay windows and bow windows date back to medieval times and still today, they’re a beautiful addition to any room. Many homeowners aren’t sure how to take advantage of these stunning windows, but we can help!
What’s the difference between bay windows and bow windows?
Bay windows and bow windows can look a lot alike at first glance, but they actually have some differences. A bay window has three openings that are available in angled projections. A bow window has more angles, usually four to five. A bay window also has a larger picture window with two other windows on either side and a bow window has an overall curved structure that creates a rounded appearance on the outside of the house. Bay windows will stick out farther from the wall and add a bit more floor space inside and bow windows will oftentimes allow more natural light in because it has more glass panels.
If you have a bay or bow window in your home currently, or you’re considering adding an opening where you can install a bay window, here are some different ways to use them effectively in your home.
Idea #1: As a window seat.
This is one of the most common ways to utilize a bay window. Whether it is in your living room or a bedroom, all you’ll need to do is add some comfortable cushions to sit on with some pillows and you instantly have a cozy resting spot or reading nook. Design and style it however you prefer – bright padding and cushions, or other softer, more traditional colors.
Idea #2: As a large space to draw in natural light.
Having natural light in your home is a great thing. It will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the amazingly sunny days that the Pacific Northwest autumn has to offer, but it can also provide you the warmth that you need on those chilly mornings and evenings. In addition, having natural light in your home means you won’t need to use your lights as much and you likely won’t need to rely on your heating system as often. This translates to energy savings and a reduction in your utility bill!
Idea #3: As a dining space.
With the right design, a bay window area could be used as a sitting space with a table within reach in your kitchen or dining room. A built-in curved banquette is a great option with a pedestal table. We can help you design the space to make sure the width is right to leave enough legroom and height in the back to sit comfortably.
Simonton and Milgard both make bay or bow windows and we are proud to carry them! And did you know that our team at Lifetime Windows & Doors can enlarge an opening where a window currently exists to install a large bay window? We can also create an opening where there is a wall with no opening and install a bay window for you there. Many of our competitors cannot provide this level of construction, so if you’ve been considering how great a bay window would look in a specific area of your home, call us today to set up an appointment. We will come out and look at the space and provide information on what a bay window installation would entail. With locations in Portland, Central Oregon, and surrounding Vancouver area, we’re able to serve customers with varying budgets and home styles. Contact us today for more information!