Are you looking to add a new focal point to a room in your home? A new window is a great way to step up your interior’s style without breaking the bank or dramatically changing your furnishings. Adding a window will also give you more natural light, increased ventilation, oftentimes a better view, and in some cases, additional living space. Before hiring a window installation company, it’s a good idea to learn about your options. Today, we’re comparing two popular styles: Bay Window vs. Garden Window.
What is a Garden Window?
Garden windows are most commonly found in kitchens and extend from the wall at a 90-degree angle, creating a box-like shape. The depth varies, but between 12-16 inches is typical. The side panels are often casement windows to provide ventilation. A feature that sets this window apart is that the top of a garden window is also glass, making it a great place to grow houseplants and herbs. This design allows even more natural light than a standard window.
Another big benefit of this style of window is the view. The 90-degree box design provides a panoramic view, so it would be great to install a garden window overlooking your backyard or favorite tree. While garden windows are most commonly found in kitchens, we could make the case for installing one in a home office or other common room. In our experience, most rooms in a home (with the exception of a closet) benefit from more natural light.
Beautiful as they are, garden windows do have a few drawbacks. They are prone to leaking, especially if they aren’t installed by a professional. And, the design doesn’t lend itself to any type of curtains or drapes, so they aren’t great in private quarters.
What is a Bay Window?
A bay window is usually three windows (but can be more) side-by-side that come out at a 45-degree angle. All or some of the windows can be casement or double hung, so bay windows can provide good ventilation. Because the exterior wall will bump out with the windows, a bay window can provide more living space that’s often used for extra seating. Bay windows don’t just create a pretty nook inside, they provide great architectural interest for the exterior of your home as well.
Bay windows are great in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining rooms. We love the style of bay windows, but there are a couple of considerations. First, it can sometimes be difficult to find window treatments for bay windows. Secondly, lower quality windows are prone to sagging, so you’ll want to work with a reputable company for installation.
Bay Window vs Garden Window. Which is Best for Your Home?
To summarize, garden windows are great for increasing natural light, indoor gardening, and providing an expansive view. Bay Windows, on the other hand, provide extra living space, architectural interest, and great style. If you’d like to learn more, give Zen Windows a call at 215-458-5080 or contact us to get a free estimate in just minutes!