Today’s windows are highly engineered to ensure the best possible combination of aesthetic appeal, safety, security, and energy efficiency. Because windows play a large role in the look and feel of a house, both indoors and out, it’s an important consideration when renovating your home. There are many types, styles, and features available which can make the decision feel pretty overwhelming, but this guide we will break down the different types of windows so you can easily decide what you want (or need!) for your bedroom.
Types of Windows
Double or Single Hung
These windows feature two sashes which are stacked vertically. In double hung windows, both sashes can be opened to allow air flow and tilt inward for ease of cleaning. Single hung windows have only one moving sash and the top sash remains fixed in place at all times. These windows are commonly used in bedrooms and kitchens to allow for plenty of air flow.
Slider windows feature two sashes which are placed next to each other horizontally. Similar to the above, double slider windows allow both sashes to be moved while single slider windows have one fixed pane. These windows are also common to bedrooms and will allow you to control how much fresh air your bedroom gets.
These windows feature a single sash hinged on one side of the window. The sash swings open a full 90° outward, and is often opened and closed by turning a crank handle. These windows are more common in older buildings and can add a touch of charm to a finished attic or a bedroom tucked under the eaves.
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° and, while they do protect well from rainy weather even when open, they will not allow for as much airflow as casement or other windows.
Picture windows do not open at all. These windows are simply fixed panes of glass which allow lots of natural light, but no option to allow fresh air into your bedroom. For this reason, picture windows are most commonly used in large living or dining rooms, and are commonly paired with other types of windows.
The unique shape of bay windows is created by mulling three windows together at 30° or 45° angles, extending outward from the frame of the house. They can be used to create charming reading nooks or eating areas and are most commonly used in dining or living areas, although they are occasionally used in larger kitchens. A bay window can be a lovely way to add some natural light and fresh air to your room while creating a cozy place to sit and read!
Similar to bay windows, bow windows have a more rounded shape due to the larger number of panels and smaller angles. Bow windows typically contain 4 or 5 windows mulled at 10° angles. They can be used interchangeably with bay windows depending on personal preference.
Geometric or custom-shape windows are typically fixed panes of glass, much like picture windows. They are typically smaller than other windows and include shapes such as half-circles. Most commonly used as decorative additions to small rooms, geometric windows are not often recommended for bedrooms.