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Bow & Bay Windows

Bay windows consist of three windows in one frame and can help give the illusion of more space in a room. Bow windows are similar, but can contain 3, 4 or 5 windows in one frame. Typically bay window have smaller sidelites with one large center lite. The center lite is usually two times wider than the sidelites. You will find the majority of these to be double hung or casement windows. A Bow window features the same size glass throughout and is often framed in an arch shape.

Benefits and Advantages of Bay-Bow Windows

  1. Versatile – Bay & Bow windows are known for being in Victorian styled homes but are also used in modern homes. These windows are typically installed in kitchens and living rooms, but can also work in bedrooms.
  2. Provides ample ventilation; these types of windows usually have at least two windows that can be opened. This means that when they are open you have ventilation from two different sources or directions coming into a room. This is great for a beautiful day when a nice gentle breeze is blowing outside; you can enjoy the breeze without going out in the scorching sun.
  3. Can nicely frame a view; since these windows are usually larger, they not only let in a lot of light but allow your outdoor scenery to become a focal point of your space. Bay or bow windows are an ideal frame for a panoramic view.
  4. Adds aesthetic appeal and value; Bow & Bay windows look great from the outside as well as the inside. Arch shaped windows can also help make a room appear larger.

Bay & Bow Windows Tips

  1. Window treatments – Most people have a hard time finding a window treatment for their bay or bow windows. You can simple dress up your windows by placing a roman shade or roll up blind on each window. You can also alternatively just dress up the area with a valance.
  2. Uses – You can use the extra space provided by bay windows in a number of ways. While the traditional use is for plants and decorative elements you can use it as a sitting area by getting a cushion cut to shape and size, wrapped with your choice of fabric and accented by some cushions. You can then use this area as your reading nook.
  3. Hardware – Since bow windows usually have a curve to them you have to purchase window hardware that is made especially for this type of window. These include bendable and adaptable, tracks, rods and other materials.
  4. Installation – Installation of these types of windows as well as others is best left to the professionals. Contact the window installation contractors at Larmco to ensure that your bay or bow windows are installed correctly.

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