Bob Vila Radio: Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows offer more than just light—they offer extra space and in some cases, extra seating!

If you’re looking to bring more light and air into a room, consider a bay or bow window. Both are angled to project out from the house, creating the illusion of a larger room.


Listen to BOB VILA ON BAY AND BOW WINDOWS or read the text below:



A bay window is a set of three windows, usually with a large picture window in the center flanked by two smaller ones that open to allow in air. A bay window can fit into a relatively small area, so if you have two double-hung windows side by side, you can probably replace them with a bay window. A bay window also creates a deep interior space that can be used as a window seat.

A bow window unit may have from four to six individual windows, set at angles that are less sharp than a bay window’s, creating a gentler curved look. It requires more width and creates less interior space for a window seat, but it lets in more light than a bay and its overall effect is to make any room seem much larger.  Remember that if you’re replacing flat windows with a bay or bow, you’ll need a new roof above them!

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