The Perks & Quirks of the Bay Window

Windows are a very important aspect of every home. They provide us with light, ventilation, warmth and sometimes cool air when we need it. They also provide an aesthetic appeal to our home’s overall look. Different types of windows are typically used based on the style of the house. This doesn’t mean there are specific style rules as to what windows you can put in your house and which ones you can’t. It’s your house, after all, you do whatever you find pleasing to the eye.

There are many style windows out there: bay, bow, single hung, double hung, horizontal sliders, picture, garden windows and so many other custom styles. For the purpose of this blog, we’ll be discussing some features, benefits, and downsides of bay windows.


Bay windows are generally historically associated with mansions of the early English Renaissance[1].  They are traditionally made with two windows, a large picture window flanked by two smaller windows at various angles. It is largely customizable to however many windows you want your bay window to be made up of and how you want it angled. Bay windows are generally rectangular, polygonal, or arc-shaped and protrude from the house giving a “hanging off the walls” feel. The one goal of bay windows is to let in as much natural light as possible into the home. In addition to letting more light in they also have an added feature of making the room look a little bigger.


Providing natural light, bay windows can fill up a room with a lot of natural light, as a result of their size and design. In addition to being an energy savings perk, plenty of daylight can improve your comfort and productivity.

Bay windows add to the home design. They have become a popular choice for kitchens, home offices, bedrooms and living rooms. They provide a nice panoramic view of the outside and based on the design can provide extra seating[2]. Bay windows work for both classic and modern style homes. Depending on the design some bay windows act as a reading nook or even just a place to sit and watch it rain while cozied up with a nice cup of hot cocoa.

Increased home value? Why not, bay windows tend to enhance curb appeal to a house and also have the added benefit of making a room feel larger. It looks like an added value for potential buyers, even if you’re not selling, it’s a nice upgrade your family can enjoy.


Your bay windows have to be installed properly by a professional who knows what they’re doing. If not done properly, they can develop structural issues. They need proper support and foundation when being installed.

One of the main goals is to let in the maximum amount of light. If the window isn’t highly energy efficient, it can be a problem. Also if you prefer cooler rooms, bay windows may not be the best choice, with light comes heat. Avoid this with good quality energy efficient windows that will allow you to enjoy the light but reflect and keep the heat out.

Another problem you may have is finding window treatments. Due to the angles and configurations bay windows have, it may be difficult to install placements for curtains and blinds.  If you like your room dark, bay windows may not be your best option.

If you’re ready to learn more about bay windows, we’ll be happy to get you started. Get a free estimate and consultation with us.