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How to dress bay windows

With panoramic views allowing plenty of light to enter a room and protruding panels giving the illusion of a larger home, bay windows are highly desirable. If you’re lucky enough to have such an elegant style of window in your home, chances are that you’re going to want to dress them in a way which isn’t going to detract from them.

Below we’ve put together a handy guide which explains how to dress bay windows.


Quick and easy to use, blinds have long been a popular window dressing option. You have a number of alternatives to choose from depending on the look you’re trying to go for.

  • Made from soft fabric, Roman blinds can be set at different heights to create a stylish and unique look
  • Perfect Fit blinds offer a smart finish and sit flush next to the frame of each window so you don’t lose valuable space when they’re closed
  • Roller blinds offer privacy while still allowing sunlight to enter the room


The most traditional of all the window dressings, chances are that you already have a curtain rail fitted across your bay windows.

The biggest downside to curtains in this scenario is that once they’re closed, you can no longer see your windows. This means that not only do you lose your beautiful feature, space is also compromised. Curtains aren’t the best insulators either because air can easily flow around them.

There are a number of ways you can get around these problems however:

  • Combine curtains with Roman blinds
  • Hang curtains at the bottom of each window
  • Hang curtains individually at each window
  • Combine panels with curtains

More information on each of these methods can be found on the Ideal Home website: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/living-room/living-room-advice/how-to-dress-a-bay-window-61726

Install shutters

As great as bay windows are, sometimes the very things we love most about them can also be to their detriment. The fact they offer expansive views for example is fantastic if you have beautiful surroundings and like to let plenty of natural light in. The downside however is that it’s not very private.

Shutters are by far the best way to ensure you get the best of both worlds. You can enjoy all the benefits of bay windows without having to compromise on anything. With shutters:

  • You can adjust the slats to let in as much or as little light as you wish
  • Slats can also be used to control privacy. Alternatively, if you opt for a tier-on-tier style, you can keep the bottom section closed so nobody can see inside and the top open to let in natural sunlight
  • Because bay windows are so large, they can be a bit chilly. Shutters offer an extra layer of ventilation which will keep your house nice and warm
  • Unlike curtains and blinds, shutters are made to measure to follow the shape of your window. This means that you don’t have to worry about losing this space when you close them

If you have bay windows, why not check out our range of shutters? You can also request a free survey or get a quick, no obligation quote.

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