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Garden Windows vs. Bay Windows

Garden Windows vs. Bay Windows

If you’re looking to make a statement with a window, garden and bay windows are good options that bring in copious amounts of light.

Both of these styles project outward, giving more space in your home and a more peripheral view of the outdoors. This feature will allow your home to receive more natural light and increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Because garden and bay windows are exposed to the elements more than your typical windows, they are built to be weather-resistant and durable to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

These windows add space inside your home and a cheerful aesthetic from the outside. They allow you to have a better view of your yard, neighborhood, and surroundings. Though garden and bay windows are stunning additions to any home, they are often confused with different window styles. Both have their pros and cons and hold beauty in their distinctive ways. Let’s take a closer look at the two.

Garden Windows

Garden windows are also known as greenhouse windows. They project from the house’s exterior providing a display space—perfect for showing off your indoor garden. These windows are an excellent option for herb gardens. Open up your kitchen with a garden window and an herb garden right at your fingertips: fresh herbs, more natural light, and a beautiful display.

If you want excessive light in your house, garden windows are a great way to go. Garden windows use four panes of glass, bringing more natural light into your home and making your space light and bright.

Bay Windows

Bay windows are composed of a center fixed window and venting windows on both sides—these venting windows can be double-hung or casement. Bay windows tend to be more prominent because of their size and shape, and they offer a space for window seats, a welcome addition to any room. They are the perfect place to build a reading or breakfast nook off your kitchen or create a cozy den space. The possibilities are endless with a bay window.


There are many differences between these two window styles. Garden and bay windows mainly differ in their functionality. Bay windows are usually a focal point of a room, often providing a space for seating or home decorations you put on display. Garden windows are smaller and act more like an interior shelf. 

To get more technical, bay windows typically use a 25 to 45-degree angle to slightly jet out from the house, whereas garden windows use a 90-degree angle on the bottom of the window and a 45-degree angle at the top using a glass pane.

Mountain States Windows and Siding is Here

If you are interested in adding garden or bay windows to your home, contact Mountain States Windows and Siding! Our expert team is here to help you achieve your dream home goals, so we will get you suited with the proper windows for your home and decor style.

You can head to Lehi, Utah, to check out our showroom and speak with a team member, or call us today to get a free project estimate. We serve homes across the Wasatch Front in Orem, Lehi, Draper, South Jordan, and more. We can’t wait to work with you!

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