Looking for the perfect type of window for your home? In this guide, we take at the lesser-used but beautifully light bow window design.

Unlike the bay design, the bow window has more curvature to it with softer angles allowing the formation of a gentle curve.

Often the two are confused as they both project outwards from the building and are similar in their aesthetic appearance.

However, the bow window provides an elegant, subtle enhancement to your home with no hard edges due to the number of sash windows needed to effortlessly create the curvature at just 10 degree angles.

Each section is usually equal in size, adding a sense of symmetry to the design.

Because of the larger amount of glass required, the bow window benefits from more natural light flooding into a room with a sense of ‘bringing the outdoors in’.

The addition of a bow window – where previously a casement window existed – makes the room look instantly bigger! The eye is drawn to this feature immediately when entering a room, making it a stunning enhancement to your home.

The bow window is certainly an asset worth considering but it will cost substantially more than regular casement windows and more than a bay window (where less sashes are needed).

Many people like a bow window coupled with Georgian bars. This is typical of the style associated with this era and yet equally, offers pleasing lines for a contemporary look.

For those who like just a touch of tradition, combining some panels (such as top openers) featuring Georgian bars with a clear window panes alongside, gives an attractive, classy appearance.

Bow window frames are strengthened and connected using corner posts.

Because the external sill is welded together, it creates a seamless continuity underneath the frames.

Fixed frame, side hung or top hung window options are all available to ensure there is a window to suit everyone’s preference.

Bow windows can be made in both UPVc and aluminium. Customise to suit your taste with a choice of finish and colour not to mention, finishing touches such as handles, hinges and various glass options in terms of design.

UPVc provides a fabulous range of colours to suit all tastes and desires.

Whilst bow windows predominantly work best in UPVc and Aluminium, they can be manufactured in timber.

A popular choice however, is a wood effect plastic which comes in a range of grains and offers a traditional look with all the benefits of low-maintenance materials.

As with all UPVc and aluminium windows, there is a choice between double and triple glazing, both offering substantial improvement in thermal energy and keeping down the costs of your bills.

Most commonly used low-E glass offers a microscopically thin coating of metal oxide on the internal glass, letting light in and reflecting the heat.

The security that your bow window provides is not compromised compared to other window styles.

Each glazed panel carries the usual high level of locking systems expected of these profiles, affording you peace of mind when at home and away.

Furthermore, the reduction in noise pollution means you can view the outside world perfectly from your bay window without having to hear it!

The bow window certainly doesn’t work on any dwelling. Ideally, it is important to consider the style of your home and the outside area that it will be facing. Difficulty in making the ultimate decision lies therein, with the experts who will be happy to discuss the options.

If you feel cramped in your living space and want to avoid the huge costs of an extension, choosing a bow window for your home may well be the ideal solution.

You will not only be adding a beautiful centrepiece but the expanse of curved windowsill offers a graceful space on which to place beautiful items or indeed to utilise as a small seating area.

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Matt James
Matt James

Hi, Matt here! I started out almost 20 years ago as a teenager working in the family business fitting doors, windows and conservatories. I now run this website to share the best tips and advice for anyone looking to get a good deal on double glazing.