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Bow Window

A bow window is a variation of a bay window. Both windows project outside from your home, adding extra space and letting more light in to your room. The difference between the two windows is that the bow window has a curved shape, instead of the more angled shape of the bay window. If you look from the above of the bow window, it looks like a curve of a bow, hence the name "bow" window. Another difference is that most bay windows have two smaller flanker windows on either side of a larger picture window, while all windows in a bow window are equal.

The benefits of a bow window are technically the same as those of a bay window. It provides better views of outdoors, and some extra space that could be a great place for houseplants that need lots of light. When deciding between these two windows, try to visualize what type of window would complement your room and home better. Think what style you would feel more comfortable with.


Similarly to bay windows, bow windows are available in a wide variety of styles. Some of the most important design implications are: size of the window, projection outside of your home, number of single windows in a bow window and angle of the flanker windows.

Available styles:

  • 15-degree 3-Lite

  • 10 or 15-degree 5-Lite

  • 10 or 15-degree 4-Lite

  • 6-Lite

Virtually all the glass and color options that you can get with a bay window are available for bow windows as well.