Types of Bay Windows

There are 4 types of bay windows.

The Bay window has been around for hundreds of years and in that time they haven’t really changed. You could incorporate different styles of windows, you could change an angle and add a few extra superficial details. This would provide you with a wide variety of design options to fit your preferences. Even with all that design flexibility, there are really only four different types of bay windows:

1. Original Canted Bay Windows

Original Canted bay windows have the classic shape you would expect to see in a bay window. They have a flat front with angled sides and are only found on the first level of homes and buildings.

2. Box Bay Windows

Box bay windows are structurally the same as canted windows. The difference is that the flanking windows on the side meet the front window at a 90 degree angle, creating the shape of a box.

3. Oriel Windows

Oriel bay windows are the oldest form of bay windows, first popularized on mansions during the English Renaissance. They are built into the side of a home, never touching the ground, so they can be found on any story of a home or building. To provide structural support to an oriel window, there’s usually a decorative bracket or corbel of wood, stone, or masonry underneath the windows.

4. Circular Bay Windows

Circular bay windows are less common but they are distinct enough to have their own category. They are defined by larger panes of glass on the three sides of the bay and additional panes above the windows. Circle bay windows typically feature the most intricate moldings and ornamental details of any type of bay window.

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