Most Popular Bedroom Windows
Your bedroom should be one of the most relaxed rooms in your home. After all, it’s where your day begins and ends. One of the ways to create a peaceful space that matches your unique style (while keeping temperatures comfortable, to boot!) is to replace your bedroom windows.
Whether you’re replacing windows in your whole home or just in your bedroom, you should know that different window types may work better in some rooms than others. When looking for bedroom window ideas, you’ll want to focus on windows that allow natural light to come in and give you control over the room’s airflow for proper circulation.
There are many different window types available and selecting the right ones might feel overwhelming. To help simplify your selection process, here are some of the best bedroom windows you should consider for your next project — and which ones to avoid.
Window Frame Material
While the style of your bedroom windows might seem like the most important decision — and it very well might be — there are other decisions you’ll need to make during the renovation process. One of those decisions is the type of window frame you want.
Though you’ve got a whole host of frame options, vinyl windows are popular for a reason. Unlike wood, they don’t need to be painted or sealed against the elements, and they cost a fraction of the price. If being able to paint your window frame is important to you – and many homeowners love that touch of customization – look into fiberglass windows. Like vinyl, they’re durable and low-maintenance, but be aware they come at a steeper price.
Windows that let outside air sneak in when you don’t want it to can make for an uncomfortable bedroom. Ensuring you have energy-efficient windows can not only keep your room comfortable, but it can also save you money on your monthly utility bill.
Look for windows that have a low-emissivity, or Low-E, coating to keep cool air in during the summer and keep it out during the winter. Consider double pane windows as well to maximize your energy savings and boost the comfort of your bedroom. These windows are filled with air, argon, krypton or other gases to help limit the amount of outside air seeping into your home.
Bedroom Window Ideas
Despite the numerous window styles available on the market, when it comes to bedrooms you’ll want to focus on two common options — double-hung and casement.
A double-hung window looks like what most people consider a “standard” window — featuring a moveable upper and lower panel (or sash). These types of windows allow you to move either panel up or down, as opposed to a single-hung window, in which only the bottom sash moves. A double-hung window gives you the ability to control air circulation and temperature in the room, helping to keep you cool in warmer months and reduce stuffiness.
Another popular option is casement windows. These windows are hinged on one side and opened using a crank. When fully opened, they offer homeowners unobstructed views to the outside, so if your bedroom overlooks your lovely backyard or a stunning view, this is a great option to consider.
Thanks to their crank operation, casement windows give homeowners a really exacting level of control over air circulation. Like double-hung windows, this means you can have a better ability to control air flow through your room without having to only rely on your air conditioning. Casement windows have the added benefit of an extremely airtight compression seal, so your indoor air and outdoor air stay exactly where you want them to when the window is closed.
Looking for something with a little more drama, or perhaps have always dreamed of a bedroom with a window seat? Then you may want to consider a bay window. A bedroom bay window will give you added space to create the nook you’ve always dreamed of and expansive views. But all that style comes at a price – bay windows are more expensive than either double-hung or casement windows.
Bedroom Window Styles to Avoid
Despite their beauty and modern aesthetic, it is recommended you avoid installing picture windows in your bedroom — save them for your living room instead. These windows offer entirely clear views without any sight lines, and while that might seem stunning to wake up to, their inability to open restricts your access to fresh circulating air and increases your dependence on your air conditioning unit to cool the room. Additionally, by being inoperable, they cannot be used as an emergency exit. Only having your door as an exit option is considered unsafe, as it limits your available routes to safety.
The Next Steps of Your Bedroom Window Project
Whether you’re ready to take the next step in your bedroom window renovation project, or still have a few questions, Modernize can connect you with a trusted, local professional to help you move closer to the bedroom of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more and get started!