If it's time to finally replace the picture window in your living room, you may be looking at the different types of windows available. Think beyond casement, sliding, and double-hung windows for an option that gives your room a new look. A bay window can make your room look larger, and it can provide a cozy place for reading and relaxing. Here are a few things to consider if you are considering replacing a picture window with a bay window.

Window Selection

Your first step will be to choose the right type of bay window installation for your home. These windows vary in size, from small bays that protrude slightly to large designs that create the feeling of a mini room in your home. Bay windows typically have a fixed window in the center with side windows that open. You can choose from side windows that slide open or casement windows that operate using a crank system. The type you choose may depend on the other windows in your home. Your window installer can help you determine which type of bay is right for your house.

Exterior Window Considerations

Because a bay window doesn't sit flush with the wall of your home, there are a few touches you'll need to add to the exterior of your home to complete your bay window installation. You'll need a roof cap to cover the space that extends from the exterior of your home. You can choose a cap that matches your home's roofing tiles, or you can have your window contractor install a unique cap that adds a special look to your home. The space underneath the window will need bracing and support, particularly if you are installing a large bay. Decorative corbels offer support for the window structure while also adding a beautiful look to the exterior of your home. It's also important that the installers add flashing and drip caps to the roof cap to make it waterproof. Think of this portion of the project as a mini roofing project.


You can think of adding a bay window as being similar to adding a small addition to your home. This new space will need to be insulated, so your contractors will add extra insulation to the area where the window and wall connect. Spray foam insulation is ideal for this part of the project, as it can be easily put in pace without having to remove any additional section of your home's wall. The window installers should also add weather stripping to provide a barrier against drafts.

Once your bay window is in place, you can begin dressing it. Custom curtains, a window seat, and plenty of throw pillows can make your bay window feel like a mini retreat in your living room.