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Bay vs. Bow Windows: Which Should You Choose?

Bay and bow windows are similar in that they comprise several individual window units and project outward.  Today, your local windows and doors replacement company Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma discuss the key differences between these two window styles.

The Differences Between Bay and Bow Windows

Let’s start with the similarities. Bay and bow windows are called projection windows. Where most window styles are made with a single frame installed flush on the wall, bay and bow windows are composed of multiple windows mulled together, forming a structure that projects from the exterior walls. These projections add floor space to a room, which can be used in many ways.

The main difference between bay and bow windows is the shape. Bay windows are formed with one or two main windows flanked by two smaller ones. Bay windows are typically shaped like a trapezoid, but can also be built in rectangular fashion. Bow windows, on the other hand, are made of several equal-sized windows that form a gentle curve.

Which Should You Choose?

Aesthetically, bay windows work with most home styles, including contemporary architecture. Bow windows are best for homes with sprawling floor plans, as they create a rounded look for unusual angles. The soft curve of a bow window complements traditional patio doors and Craftsman-style design elements.

Functionality is another factor. Bay windows can be built in larger configurations, allowing you to place a dining table or even a home office in the space. Bow windows tend to be smaller, making them more appropriate for a single window seat or a cozy reading nook. If you’re unsure which option would work best in your home, we have expert consultants who can help you with your design.

Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma is your leading provider of French doors and replacement windows. Give us a call at (405) 652-1300 or (918) 921-9211. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve customers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.


"Our new windows are absolutely wonderful! We were pleased with the entire process and the product and would recommend Renewal by Andersen to anyone."

Mike & Kathy, Edmond| OK
November 5

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