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Garden vs Bay Windows

22 January 2021

Rooms needing additional natural light and a feeling of spaciousness can benefit from the installation of either a garden or bay window.  While these windows have similar characteristics, there are some defining differences to understand prior to making a final decision.  Here’s what you need to know!

What’s a Garden Window? A garden window is a window that extends from your home’s exterior.  It has multiple panes to create a box-like effect.

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What’s a Bay Window? A bay window is comprised of at least three windows that protrude out past an exterior wall.  The large, center main window does not open, but the side ones do.   

Infinity Bay Window Picture Window and Double Hung Windows-Exterior View

Design Effect: Bay windows are frequently used to establish a point of interest within a room.  They are most often utilized in living rooms, playrooms, and dining rooms.  Because of their design, homeowners can utilize them for additional seating with the addition of a cushion or pillows.  Bay windows work well in elegant, classic homes.  On the other hand, garden windows, are often installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and home offices.  They contain a small shelf that can be used for house plants, books, and tchotchkes.  They are best suited for homes with contemporary architecture.

Natural Light: Both window styles excel at adding more natural light to a home. Natural light is a natural mood enhancer, allows a space to look larger, and boosts vitamin D.  However, because bay windows are offered in larger configurations than garden windows, they have the ability to introduce more natural light to a home.

marvin infinity bay windowVentilation: Both bay and garden windows offer ventilation.  In many instances, garden windows are manufactured with end vents that promote moderate home air circulation.  Although the central window is fixed, bay windows are still an excellent source of ventilation because the outer windows are installed at opposite angles which allow breezes to flow in several directions.

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Angles: Garden windows are installed at a 90-degree angle to create a box effect.  The angle that bay windows can be installed at typically runs 25 to 45 degrees.

Size Constraints: One of the biggest determinants of which window style to use is the size of the rough opening.  Garden windows generally are not offered in sizes larger than 72” x 48”, while bay windows can be manufactured in substantially bigger sizes to accommodate substantial rough openings.

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