What Are Bespoke Timber Bay Windows, And Why Are They So Good?

When it comes to home improvements, there’s nothing that gives your home a true makeover as much as having new timber windows installed…except perhaps having a bespoke timber bay window.

Then comes the question, what is a bay window? And how is it different to a bow window? And what is an oriel?

Here, our experts here at Rural Timber give you the lowdown on your types of bay window and why adding a bespoke timber bay window to your property can really make it shine. But, before we delve into how a bay window could be the perfect home addition, let’s cover the basics.

What is a bay window?

A bay window is made up of three windows in a wooden frame that project outward from the main walls of your house, forming the bay in your room. The term bay window is a generic term for all window constructions that protrude, regardless of height, and traditionally, the middle window is bigger than the end units.

And what is an oriel?

 When a bay window projects from an upper story and is supported by corbels, it is called an oriel.

What is the difference between a bay and bow window?

Bow windows are similar to bay windows, except the two have a number of important differences.

  1. While bay windows have three core sections, box windows often feature anywhere from four to six windows instead.
  2. Bay windows are often square, hexagonal or octagonal, bow windows are curved.
  3. Bow windows are often wider and stick out further than bay windows

What makes wooden bay windows so good?

  1. Add character

Both bay and bow windows offer a quaint, timeless feature that can add a certain charm to a property. If you’re looking to add more character to your home, installing a bay window should definitely be part of your consideration list.

  1. Versatility

Bay windows offer great versatility and can be accessorised with grilles and colours that complement the other architectural features of your home. Furthermore, when you opt for wood, you change the colour of the frame with ease.

  1. Space

Installing a bay window can make your room feel much bigger and give you views of the outside that you wouldn’t get with a flat window. Even the smallest of bay windows can give the illusion of space, making your room feel lighter and brighter.

  1. More light

Most of us want as much light as possible in our homes, and upgrading your windows can be a great way of getting more in. With a flat window, the amount of light you get only comes in from one angle, whereas with a bay window, it comes from the front and sides too.

  1. Improve saleability

Bay windows are highly regarded by homebuyers thanks to their traditional vibe and the fact they increase a property’s square footage. So, installing a wooden bay window can be the boost you need to get a competitive edge over other vendors.

 If you are thinking about installing a bay window and would like to speak to one of our expert team on how we could help, please contact us today.