f you are researching windows to install in your home and come across one called a bow window, don’t worry. It’s not a typo. Bay windows and bow windows are very similar, but not identical. If you are unsure which one best suits your space, learn more about what each has to offer.
</p><p><strong>Bay </strong></p><p>A bay window isAltheimer a three-paneled window that juts from your home, and typically features a window seat or storage bench below it, on the inside of the house. It is an attempt to bring the outside indoors. By creating the illusion that while in your living room, you’re simultaneously in your yard, the bay window creates a unique space in your room and eye appeal.</p><p><strong>Bow </strong></p><p>Bow windows are typically larger than bay windows, but serve a very similar purpose. Usually, bow windows have five panels, which cause them to curve like a bow instead of appearing more rigid like a bay window. The size makes them a prominent feature in your room, so it’s important that you have the wall space to incorporate them, and that you are comfortable with the light and exposure they allow.</p><p><strong>Customizing </strong></p><p>Once you have decided between bay and bow windows, the fun begins! You can customize with finishes such as:</p><p></p><ul> <li>Wood color</li> <li>Glass type</li> <li>Hardware</li> <li>Grilles</li> <li>Screens</li></ul><p>These choices will dramatically change the look of the window, so before you commit, envision the window with all of your selections. Have a good sense for the finished product before you head home. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant surprise when the window arrives for installation. Once the window is in, you also have the opportunity to create a new internal space.
Bay and Bow Windows
Bay windows are not just flush with the wall but extended outward from the home making a dramatic presence and offering panoramic views of the great outdoors. These windows offer more natural lighting, open up rooms to make them look larger, and are a breath-taking accent to any room.
The problem comes in when you look for proper window treatment. You will want to ensure the window treatment is as awe inspiring as the windows themselves. Some families do nothing and leave the windows without any covering at all, however, when the sun shines just right, the room can heat up very quickly, put a glare on the television and so on and so forth, not to mention all the neighbors peaking in as they walk pass.
Even if you want to keep the windows without much covering at all, you should invest in some type of window treatment. One of the best choices of all is remote control curtains. One remote can control all the windows in the bay window arrangement so you can open up the curtains in the center and leave the other ones closed, or whatever way you wish to open or close the curtains.
For tall windows that go from floor to ceiling, a dramatic effect would be the long flowing drapes that can be opened with a touch of a button and the same goes for the smaller bay window above the kitchen sink where you have your flowers or herbs. The choices are endless and all will give you the beauty you desire without taking away the awe effect of the bay windows.
What Are Double-Hung Windows?
While bay and bow windows are similar in some ways and often confused as being the same by many people, they each have interesting unique advantages over one another. Before shopping for a bay or bow, it is a good idea to do some research to gain an understanding of the inherent differences between them.
The bay and bow windows provide a much wider view to the outdoors than could be achieved by a flat window. This is possible because both styles project outward from the walls to allow for a better arc of visibility. If a person is standing close enough to the bay or bow, they will be able to view a 180 degree arc outside. For this reason, bays and bows are often used on walls where great views are available. Also, because of the way these windows project out from the wall, they are often used to give the impression that the room is bigger than it actually is. A large bay or bow window can project out a foot or more from an existing wall giving the whole room a more spacious feel.
The bay window typically consists of three windows: a large center picture window which is parallel with the wall and two smaller windows (called flankers) on either side which angle out from the walls to provide the projection. The angles that are typically used for the flankers are 30 and 45 degrees. These two flankers are often configured as double hung or casement windows to allow them to open for ventilation, but they can also be fixed. What is special about the bay window is the large center picture window. This large picture window gives a great unobstructed view to the outside, much like a plain picture window, but it has the additional advantage of some ventilation options and the wider view that is provided by the two flanker windows on each end.
The bow window is different in that it usually consists of three to six of the same-sized windows. The use of more windows allows the bow to project outward from the wall in more of a gentle curve than the bay. The windows which make up a bow window are usually configured as fixed or casement windows. Some companies offer double hung or single hung window combinations; however, these combinations are not common because the view through the window can be dramatically reduced due to the extra hardware required. If casement, double, or single hung windows are used instead of fixed windows, then the bow gains a much greater advantage over the bay in ventilation. This advantage in ventilation is possible because there are more windows included in the bow's construction that can open to allow air flow. This greater ventilation comes with the disadvantage of having a smaller unobstructed view to the outside since each window used to construct the bow is smaller than the bay's large center picture window.
The differences between the bay and bow window can be summarized as follows: the bay is a more angular design with a larger unobstructed view than the bow; the bow is a more gently curving window which offers the possibility of better ventilation than the bay should casement, double, or single hung windows be selected as an option.
What Are Double-Hung Windows?
When searching for the perfect look for your bow window treatments, you will find that you have many choices. You can choose to purchase separate window treatments that will be installed to match the arch, and the selection is practically unlimited. Or you can choose to custom order a track and drapery that is designed exactly for your window arch.
If your choice is the separate treatments, you will need to purchase four or more panels to cover the window space. They can be sheer, or heavy and luxurious. Since a lot of bow windows are on the ground floor and in the front of the home, you may also want to consider drapery that gives you privacy. You can use sheers during the day for a certain amount of privacy, and then have heavier curtains to draw in the evening.
So you have a couple of directions to go in when you are choosing the draperies for your bow window treatments. You can do horizontal wooden blinds or shutters, or you can go with long, flowing sheers to the floor. However you decide to embellish these windows, be sure that the fabrics and colors you choose add to their grandeur, and they will capture, and in fact become, the beauty of the room.