Why Bay and Bow Windows are the Best Choice for Your Living...

Bay and bow window addition for living room

Bay and bow windows are a popular choice for the homeowner who wants to increase natural light and make their homes appear bigger and brighter inside, not to mention that these windows add to the aesthetic appearance of your house externally as well. When you install a bay or bow window, it immediately becomes the focal point of your home. It is not just a window; it is a statement.

When picking between a bay and bow window, it is all about choosing a look. If you are stuck as to whether you want to have a bay or bow window inside your home, it is time to familiarize yourself with the similarities and differences of both phenomenal products.

What’s The Difference?

At first glance, bay and bow windows look very similar. However, a bay window has three openings, whereas a bow window has four or five. As for structure, a bay window consists of a picture window, and two other smaller windows on either side, whereas a bow window is curved, creating a rounded effect with four or five conjoined window panels.

If you don’t currently have a bay or bow window in your home and you are unsure as to whether you would be interested in a three panel or five panel look, consider some of the primary similarities and differences.


Similar features of these windows include:

  • Bay and bow windows are a great space for growing plants and an excellent alternative to ensure you don’t crowd up your already small space with all of your houseplants. With plenty of light, whether you have a green thumb or not, your houseplants will surely flourish all year round.
  • Both options make a room feel bigger and brighter.
  • Bay and bow windows are made with Customization Flexible vinyl connectors that offer a variety of angles and build-out positions that allow clients to customize your window to complement your home.
  • At Smart Choice Windows and Doors, we have decorative skirt and roof options available with bay and bow windows. Taking customization one step further, you can enhance the curb appeal of your home with these decorative options.


  • A bay window has three openings, whereas a bow window usually has four or five.
  • The overall structure of a bay window consists of a picture window with two other windows on either side. A bow window structure is curved, creating a rounded appearance on the outside of the home.
  • Bow windows allow a bit more light into a room since they have a few more glass panels than a bay window.
  • Bay windows tend to be more narrow than bow windows. If you have a house that is longer in appearance, a bow window might look more aesthetically appealing.
  • Bow windows can be manipulated to fit around a corner of a house, creating an interior cozy corner. This allows picturesque homes to have their spectacular view seen from two exterior spaces inside a home, while adding additional floor space for owners to enjoy.
  • The flat, angular lines of a bay window are often considered by designers to be more appropriate for modern or contemporary homes, while the circular outer structure of bow windows are ideal for older style homes. If you are the owner of a Victorian style house, it would definitely be more fitting to go with a bow window so you don’t detract from the appeal of the historical structure.

What is the cost comparison between both products?

Choosing to install a bay or bow window in your home is going to be more expensive than a traditional window. Depending on the manufacturer or company that you purchase your product from, the cost of a bay or bow window can be up to two times the value of a flat window fitting in the same sized opening. The difference is that these windows often have to be custom made and have a more complicated installation than any other product. Additionally, as a general rule of thumb, bow windows are always going to be more expensive than bay windows because they require more panels.

No matter who you ask, it is unanimous that customers agree that a new bay or bow window adds more light into their homes and expands the space in the room where they had their window system installed. It is the most affordable way to enhance your home and increase your quality of life without breaking the bank.

Replace your old draft picture windows, sliding windows, or awning windows with our bay or boy windows, and choose from a variety of customizable options today! If you’d like some help deciding between a bay and bow window or if you’re looking for an estimate from a trained professional, call Smart Choice Windows and Doors today at (416) 877-8508.

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