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Window treatments for Bay Windows

January 22, 2011 by  
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Window Treatments For Bay Windows

Pictures of 7 different window treatments for bay windows and their features and benefits. Bay windows definitely adds character to a room. They make it feel bigger, adds value and curb appeal choosing window treatments for bay windows can pose a bit of a challenge. You may have space constraints and not sure about what type of window treatment you can use…..or how a certain treatment will look? Where do the brackets go? Where’s the best place to buy them?

In this article I will review various types of window treatments for bay windows with photos. I will also review the pros and cons of all these bay window dressings. Hopefully this will give you some insight and ideas on what you can use for you bay window.

Woven woods in a box type bay

  • Head rail ( top part of shade ) is only a 1 1/2 deep, allows you to get them nice and close together so the gap between them is minimum.
  • The headrail is wood…easy to install–no need for brackets, all you do is drive a 2″ screw through the wood headrail and into the top or ceiling of your bay.
  • Space constraints with woven woods in a box bay…make sure your end shades are not too wide or they will poke out past your bay opening.


Roman shades with hobbled feature in box bay

  • Hobbled feature adds charactor and dresses your up bay a little more.
  • If your concerned about privacy be careful because the hobbled material increases viewing from outside.
  • If you have deep windows the hobbled shade can be set back to increases privacy.
  • Roman shades the brackets get screwed into the ceiling 0f the bay for easy installation.


Sheer shades on open bay.

  • Sheer material soften the room and add elegance.
  • Functions like a blind…give you more control over light and privacy.
  • Since the headrails are bigger on sheer shades you’ll need more wall space between them. Be very carful if you want to use on a box bay when you have more space limitations


Vertical sheer shades in large open bay

  • I know this is a bad picture but just wanted to show you what the possibilities are for a large bay.
  • Shown is vertical sheer shades in a master bedroom. Sliding glass door in center and windows on each side.


Mini blinds dressed up with a board mount swag valance

  • Top Treatment is a Beautiful board mounted swag with jabots, really warms up the room
  • With Mini blinds you have more control over your light and privacy



Cordless cellular shades on box bay

  • Another good choice if you have space constrictions.
  • Has a very small headrail so you can get the treatments close together with minimum gaps between material. The only problem is there either up or down. That’s why I like the top down bottom up shades.
  • Shade on left is cordless cellular shades with top down bottom up
  • Right shade is cordless standard. Note both are install the same way
  • Couple of bracket mounted into the ceiling for an easy installation.


Plantation shutters, box bay

  • Easy to use. Gives you control over light and privacy.
  • Notice there is plenty of space between each window. If the windows were closer together that would complicate things. Still could do plantation shutters but it would increase your price of an already pricey window treatment.
  • Picture on left has a divider rail so you can open the top portion independently of bottom, more control your over your privacy
  • Picture on right, notice you can still see wood trim around the shutter…called a mock inside mount. Used when you you have to go with outside mount but still want your trim to show.

What part of your house will play a roll . For example a kitchen bay overlooking your back yard, privacy might not be as much a concern during the day. So a treatment like a woven wood (bamboo shade) might work. It can be up during the day but down at night for privacy. But a front window facing the street you might consider cordless cellular shades with the top down bottom up feature. Or in a bedroom where you want to block out light add liner to a woven wood or light blocking cellular shades.

Whatever your situation I hope this article gives you some ideas a little more insight into the possibilities for your window treatments for bay windows.


3 Responses to “Window treatments for Bay Windows”
  1. Ida says:


    I have a box bay and want to put honeycomb blinds as the treatment. Below are a few quesitons I have.

    – I know 3/8 blinds would fit the best, but will 3/4 blinds look ok?
    – If I do top down on all 3 windows that make the bay, will the cords be overwhelming if I dont do cordless (Im on a budget)

    My major problem is I like the look of the 3/4 blind better than the 3/8, but I dont want it to look bad on the window. Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

  2. Robert says:

    Hi Ida

    I would go with the one you like best because I don’t think it’s gonig to matter too much as far as size. You will have 6 cords, one on each side of the shade. Cordless it a cleaner look but if it’s not in your budget go with the cords. I have installed many bay windows with corded cell shades. If you know what you want I would suggest buying online. You’ll save a lot and check different companies for sales. Many deals are to be had now since the blind companies are pushing for the holiday rush. For example I know of at least two who are offering free top down bottom up feature. Also for more savings stay away from brand names, you pay 20-30% more.

    Good Luck

  3. abifan says:

    Among all, i love Sheer shades on open bay more. 🙂 Thanks for sharing

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