Bay and Bow Windows

Adding a bay or bow window to your home can be the perfect way to add light, a beautiful view and value to the your biggest investment. It’s common to confused the terms “bay” and “bow” windows but they are not interchangeable words for the same style window. While they certainly are similar, each has its own distinct characteristics. Due to the semi-circle design of bay and bow, the window protrudes from the wall, and gives the homeowner a wider, more accessible and less obstructed view. That’s why bay and bows are great or rooms that feel small and stuffy.  A window that actually protrudes from the room will give the area a more ample feeling.

Exterior bay window looking into traditional kitchen

Bay windows are usually constructed using three separate windows, typically with the largest one in the middle and the smaller two on the side of it.  Typically, the largest in the middle will be a picture window so it can provide an unobstructed view of the outside world.  The two windows on the sides usually will be operational to provide ventilation.  Single and double hung windows, as well as awnings are popular choices for the side, or flank windows.  These windows will be placed at a 30-40 degree angle from the middle one to create the half circle effect that will open up any room it is installed in.

Bay and Bow Window Examples

Top = Bay Window Bottom = Bow Window

Bow windows share a similar overall shape as the bay, but it can be comprised of up to 6 of the same windows.  Unlike the bay, all of the parts attached to the bow ban be operational to provide more ventilation.  Bows can be assembled using Double hung, Single Hung, Awning, or casements.

Both bay and bow windows provide the extra space and light to make any room in your home pop.  Bay windows are great for bedrooms and living rooms, because they turn beautiful view of the outside world into the focal point of a room. Bows are great for kitchens and dining rooms, because they provide the same picturesque view, while also allowing for ventilation.