One of the most popular ways to increase the amount of natural light that enters your space and bring “the outside” indoors is to install Bay Windows in your home or office. This type of window extends out from the side of the building and is most commonly installed in the shape of a square, rectangle or octagon. This type of window generally feature a large, “picture” window in the center, with a smaller window flanking each side, and installed at an angle. Oftentimes the flankers are double hung or have a cranking option so that they can be opened in order to increase the amount of air flow into the room. In addition to increasing the amount of natural light that enters the room, they make smaller rooms appear larger, and they can be coupled with boards for seating, as well as benches and other storage options at their base.
Why Selecting Window Treatments for Bay Windows is So Challenging
Because of their unique construction and features, bay windows are often difficult to dress. Depending on the weight of the fabric that you choose, installing traditional curtain panels and rods can end up looking too bulky. This type of window treatment can also become inconvenient if it blocks out too much light, or doesn’t allow for easy access to the flanking windows so that they can be opened and closed with ease. This can leave you with a space that feels small, dark and stuffy.
Despite these drawbacks, if you do decide to go with a traditional rod and panel installation, it is generally better to install a rod and panels over each window, as installing a single rod with panels over the entrance to the bay can result in closing off the space entirely.
Care should also be taken if you are considering installing panels that feature textures and patterns that are busy and bright, especially if your bay window also has a seating or storage option beneath it. Too many contrasts within such a small space can make your nook appear cluttered and untidy.
Picking the perfect window treatment that allows light and air to stream in, but also screens you from the view of others outside is another challenge when your bay window is installed in a bedroom or other private space.
Motorized Window Treatments for Bay Windows
Many owners find that custom and motorized window treatments provide the best solutions for these challenges. At Sunshine Drapery, custom window treatments can be ordered in patterns and textures that blend in with the walls and other furnishings in the room, making the room appear larger, brighter and more airy. Our custom designed drapes and panels can also help give your room a more coordinated and pulled together look, and come in options that protect your privacy while still allowing in natural light and air.
We also have motorized drapes, panels, sheers, and blinds that are also a great option for bay window treatments, as they look great and protect privacy while also allowing users to easily adjust and control the amount of light and air that enters the room. As the use of IoT technology grows, many motorized window treatments now come with options that allow them to be controlled remotely via an app on the users smart phone, laptop or desktop. In this way owners can control their window treatment from across the room via their app or handheld remote, or while they are out and about and on the go as long as they have internet access and their device.
Users can even combine their motorized window treatments with programs that will open and close drapes, blinds and other treatments on a schedule, which increases the safety of the space when combined with other security features such as automated lighting, remote monitoring and alarms.
Bay windows present a number of challenges when it comes time to select a window treatment that will enhance the enjoyment of your space. Sunshine Drapery has a wide selection of window treatments and design solutions for bay windows so that you can increase the comfort, and security of your room, and get the look that you want, without breaking your budget.