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!

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated Dec 11, 2013 2:48 PM

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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!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.