Well-chosen bedroom windows are not only stylish inside and out, but will also provide the following benefits:
- Ample natural light;
- UV ray protection to protect both your skin and your home’s interiors;
- Great insulation through the glass and frame;
- Refreshing ventilation when open; and
- Extra security.
As an added bonus, high-quality bedroom windows can also create an illusion of added space which is both aesthetically pleasing and relaxing for the person relaxing in the room. This guide is all about how to find the best bedroom windows that fit your preferences and lifestyle. We’ll explore bedroom windows in terms of style, window materials, and glass considerations. Let’s get started!
How to Choose the Perfect Window Style for Your Bedroom
1. Double or Single Hung Windows
Hung windows feature two sashes that are stacked vertically. In double-hung windows, both sashes can be slid up and down. Meanwhile, single-hung windows have a top sash fixed in place and a bottom sash that can move up. When you see the word “tilt,” this means that the hung window has sashes that can be tilted for easy cleaning.Aside from the classic look that these windows offer, they are also perfect if you want to have window boxes with flowers or vegetables. Single hung vs. double hung windows.
Slider windows are like the landscape version of hung windows. These windows feature two sashes which are placed next to each other. These slide horizontally. Similar to hung windows, double slider windows allow both sashes to be moved. Meanwhile, single slider windows have one fixed pane. These windows can also have the tilt feature which allows for easier cleaning. Similar to hung windows, slider windows are also perfect if you want to maintain plants on a window box for your bedroom window.
Casement windows have sashes that are hinged on the side. These sashes swing outwards, similar to how a door moves. Typically, casement windows are opened and locked using a crank handle. Because casement windows can open wide, they are perfect if you want to have added ventilation and fresh air in your bedroom.
Hinged at the top, awning windows open outwards when you turn the crank handle at the base. Typically they only open to about 30 or 45 degrees with the sash propped against the view of the sky. Because of this orientation, awning windows can keep raindrops out even when open. However, they will not allow for as much airflow as casement windows.Awning windows are perfect if you want to have privacy from a nearby taller house or the higher floors of the next building. Simply apply tint to the glass and this will keep your bedroom private, even when open. Awning and casement windows vs. slider and hung windows.
Picture windows do not open at all. These windows are simply fixed panes of glass that allow lots of natural light. They can also be used for showcasing a view. For this reason, picture windows are commonly paired with other types of windows.
Geometric, half-circle, or custom-shaped windows are typically fixed panes of glass, much like picture windows. They are typically smaller than other windows and are used as decorative additions to small rooms. These would be a great option for your bedroom windows if you are aiming for a specific architectural look or something different!
The unique shape of bay windows is created by mulling three windows together at 30 or 45 degree angles, extending outward from the frame of the house. You can choose to add a bay window if you want to create a charming reading nook in your bedroom. In addition, since bay windows have a large glass surface, they are ideal for adding large amounts of sunlight to your bedroom.
Similar to bay windows, bow windows extend outward from the house’s frame. However, they have a more rounded shape due to the larger number of panels. Bow windows typically contain four or five windows mulled at 10 degree angles. They can be used interchangeably with bay windows depending on your personal preference.Bay vs. bow windows.
Bedroom Window Materials to Choose From
For the longest time, wood has been the most common material used for windows. On the plus side, wood provides natural insulation for your home. However, wooden windows are also prone to swelling, warping, and shrinking due to factors like moisture infiltration, humidity, and temperature. Therefore, wooden windows need careful maintenance in order to stay intact, fresh-looking, and leak-free.
Aluminum windows are commonly seen in modern homes. These windows are incredibly durable but also lightweight. However, aluminum windows have poor insulation. They also need regular maintenance to keep rust at bay.
Vinyl or UPVC is a relatively new material used for making windows. This is why vinyl windows are more commonly seen in newer homes or newly renovated homes. Vinyl windows offer a wide range of benefits such as better insulation, durability, and weather resistance. Out of the three window materials covered here, vinyl windows require the least maintenance. In spite of being relatively new, the customizability of vinyl window frames makes them suitable for various kinds of home aesthetics. Vinyl vs. wood windows.
What to Look For In Your Bedroom Windows’ Glass
Double-glazed windows are also known as double-pane windows. These windows have insulated glass units that consist of two panes of parallel glass that are sealed. By choosing double-glazed bedroom windows, you will experience numerous benefits such as the following:
- Better insulation and comfort amidst hot and cold weather
- Lower power bills (increased energy efficiency)
- Less noise from the outside
- Less condensation
- Better home security
If you want to learn more about the above benefits of double-glazed windows, check out our article on the benefits of double-pane glass.
Low-E coating is present on Low-E (or low emissivity) glass. The low-E coating reflects heat back to its source. By choosing Low-E glass for your bedroom, you will get optimum insulation and protection from harmful UV rays. To learn more about Low-E glass, check out our article “What is Low-E Glass and What Are Its Benefits?”
Frosting or Mirror Window Film
If you want more sunlight in your bedroom while also keeping the space private, consider getting windows that are partially or fully frosted. Another alternative is to have mirror window film installed on your bedroom windows.
The Perfect Bedroom Windows For Your Home
In this article, we talked about the window styles, window frame materials, and window glass features to consider when installing or upgrading your bedroom windows. Amidst all these considerations, you need to choose a window manufacturer that truly cares. For the past 40+ years, Clera Windows + Doors has helped transform hundreds of homes. Our windows are stylish, durable, energy-efficient, and low maintenance. We also offer various customization options to suit your style perfectly.Learn more about our windows here or contact us to schedule a free consultation!