A bay window with a view of a sunny terrace.

Bay window

You may have heard of bow and bay windows, but many people mistakenly interchange the names. What exactly are the differences between these two window styles?

Bow windows feature a combination of windows, typically five. Sloped at a gentle (commonly 10°) angle, they creates the illusion of a curved wall.

Bay windows consist of three windows, most often having one large picture window with two tall narrow operable windows on each side. The most popular angle used is 45° degrees, which creates a more dramatic aesthetic.

These window styles are a popular choice for renovations where a home has existing bay or bow windows that need to be replaced. It is often more cost-effective to replace the old bay or bow window with a new one, as opposed to reframing an opening or having to alter the floor and ceiling.

Bow and bay windows also add space to your home. By having the floor and ceiling frame-out to match the windows, you increase the square footage of the room. Both window styles are also ideal for letting in lots of natural light.

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A bow window with a view of trees.

Bow window