Bow Windows: Legacy from the Victorian Era

A window style that first became popular in Victorian homes in the 1800's, the bow window consists of three or four uniform windows (usually casement) in one window frame. Box windows differ from bay windows in that the bay style is usually one non-opening picture window with opening windows on the side. The window curves out from the side of the house and provides a greater view and more light than traditional window styles. They also usually have a seat of about ten inches.


Advantages of bow windows

Bow windows have several advantages. The first advantage is an increased view. Single and double hung windows, though most common, provide only a limited view. These types are larger and therefore the view is greater. Another advantage is increased light and heat, especially if the window is one of the newer energy efficient models. Probably the best thing about these types of windows is that they can give the impression of spaciousness, even where there isn't any. They really open up a room and can make a small room feel much larger.

Disadvantages of bow windows

Except for the wall space they require, there are not many disadvantages of bow windows. And even with wall space restrictions, these windows can be customized to fit almost any space. A disadvantage of older bow windows, like all older windows, is that they are most likely made from wood frames and single paned glass. The old ones have more seams and are more likely to leak air. If replacement windows are not in your budget, there are a few things you can do to upgrade your old windows, such as sealing all visible cracks with caulk and placing weather stripping on the bottom of the window sash.