As you may already know, bay windows are fairly unique in the fact that they are a window which projects outwards from the main walls of your home. They form a bay in the room providing you with additional floor space and they shouldn’t be confused with bow windows that only create the illusion of space but don’t actually have the same architectural design.
Nowadays, you can get curved bay, angled bay and box bay windows, all of which are a different configuration of individual windows and there are several benefits to having any one of these styles of bay windows. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have this type of window, it is always important to ensure that you’re making the most of it.
So, if you’ve just moved into a new house that has bay windows or you’re wanting to get double glazed bay windows installed at your home, keep reading today. Below are some incredibly easy but effective ways to ensure that your bay windows aren’t being wasted.
Making the most of the natural light
Traditionally, bay windows were actually installed to increase the surface area of the wall so that more windows could be installed and more natural light could flood into a room. For this reason, you shouldn’t dress your bay windows with heavy curtains that will remain closed the majority of the time, instead, you choose something lighter that can be opened easily.
You may want to consider investing in stylish curtain holdbacks and using tiebacks as well to allow as much sunlight into the room as possible. This will also enable you to enjoy the panoramic views that this type of window can provide you with.
If your bay windows are at the back of your home, you could even consider installing floor-to-ceiling bay windows to turn your indoor space into what feels like an outdoor one. You may even be able to install french doors in the centre of your bay window too, depending on its shape, and it’s worthwhile looking into this further.
Making the most of the additional space
Bay windows also add more space to your room, not only making it look bigger but providing you with an additional usable floor area in the room too. So, you should ensure that you’re using this extra space wisely and the most obvious solution isn’t always best. Many will install a window seat into their bay window area, but instead, consider using freestanding furniture.
Whether this is an individual armchair and a side table in a living room or a dressing table in a bedroom, you will be using the extra space without blocking it off and making the room look smaller again. There are so many different pieces that will perfectly fit in this alcove.
Sometimes, it can be nice to not put anything in front of the bay windows, so you could even consider installing some low storage solutions underneath the windowsill. These don’t necessarily have to take up the whole of the space and they can be fitted in the same shape as the bay window too, so they won’t ruin the elegance of this traditional window.
Replacing the bay windows in your home
Although bay windows can sometimes be a tricky shape to work with, hopefully, the ideas above will give you some inspiration of how to make the most of your bay windows as well as the amount of natural light and valuable extra space that they provide. It is fair to say that all of these ideas will work in any property, no matter what room the bay windows may be in or what the interior design is like.
If you’re interested in replacing the bay windows you currently have in your home, don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Brackenwood. We have been installing this hugely popular window for three decades now and we will gladly assist you further in this regard. With a vast range of window designs to choose from, you can trust that we will have the perfect solution for your property and if you’d like to explore your options further, please feel free to visit our extensive showroom today.