The bedroom is where your day begins and ends, which is why choosing the best replacement windows for this part of your home is an important decision. As with replacement doors, new windows can make or break the aesthetic appeal and functionality of the room. Regardless of whether you share your bedroom with a loved one or it’s your own space, the ideal window style should match your room’s design and meet your personal needs.
With so many window styles available, choosing the perfect one for your bedroom can be difficult. Some windows may look great in other parts of your home, but not so much where you sleep. Remember, bedroom windows should maintain privacy while also improving ventilation.
Renewal by Andersen® of Knoxville, known for top-quality sliding doors and windows in Maryville, TN, shares an overview of what to look for in your bedroom replacement windows.
What Should You Consider When Replacing Bedroom Windows?
Before you select the window style for your bedroom, it’s important to take note of these considerations:
- Avoid picture windows. While picture windows are great for family rooms, they may not be the best choice in bedrooms for the simple fact that they are inoperable. Be sure that your choice of windows are easy to open and close for ventilation and egress.
- Match the home’s architecture. Whether you are replacing bedroom windows or patio doors, you should put aesthetics at the top of your list. If your bedroom windows make up the front facade of the house, be sure to match your window styles with the rest of the home’s architecture. For example, in traditional-style homes, putting floor-to-ceiling windows may be a bad idea.
- Consider environmental elements. Another thing to consider is the direction in which your bedroom windows face. Many window experts may recommend north-facing windows in bedrooms as they get ample sunlight during the day. To ensure your bedroom gets plenty of natural light, you need to find a window style that allows daylight to filter through.
- Keep egress requirements in mind. No matter the window style you choose for your bedroom, see to it that it adheres to local building codes. A bedroom must have at least one window that allows egress in the event of an emergency, measuring at least 24 inches tall and 20 inches wide, with a sill height of at least 44 inches. It should also have a net clear opening of at least 5 square feet.
What Are the Best Window Styles for a Bedroom?
There are many window styles available, but these work best in a bedroom:
- Double-Hung Windows
Double-hung windows can be used in different parts of the home, including the bedroom. These windows have two operating sashes, allowing you to control air circulation. In large bedrooms, double-hung windows can be placed side by side, while they can be dotted around in smaller rooms. This window style also has a ventilation latch, which prevents the window from opening too much. As such, double-hung windows are great for maintaining safety and privacy while still maximizing ventilation.
- Casement Windows
Casement windows can be hung on their own or in pairs. Like replacement doors, these windows are hinged and have cranks that open them outward. With casement windows, you can also control air circulation, allowing you to open the window as far as you like. If you’re looking for ways to improve energy efficiency in your home, installing a casement window is a great idea. Thanks to their snug seal between the window frame and sash, you can keep your bedroom cool during summer and warm during winter.
- Bay and Bow Windows
Bay and bow windows are typically found in living rooms because they take up a large amount of wall space. If you have the space, however, you can install these windows in your bedroom. With a combination of three windows, this unique look will make your bedroom a great place for watching TV, relaxing or reading. Bay and bow windows also make it possible for you to add a picture window in your bedroom. For instance, you can combine a picture window for natural light with two double-hung or casement windows for air circulation.
- Sliding Windows
Sliding windows, like sliding doors, are very easy to use and maintain. This window style is ideal for minimalist or modern homes due to its clean lines. Since they don’t protrude in or outside the room, sliding windows can make a small bedroom appear larger as they add the illusion of space. If you’re interested in installing a sliding window in your bedroom, make sure to add a screen. This way, you can have the window open in the morning and night for ventilation without worrying about letting in flies or insects.
- Awning Windows
Awning windows are known to be hinged at the top and open outward at the bottom. This unique design allows them to stay open even if it’s raining or snowing outside. Not only does this help maximize air circulation, but this also creates a relaxing and comfortable sleeping atmosphere. Additionally, awning windows are operated using a crank that creates an airtight seal. In most cases, awning windows are installed higher on the wall, improving ventilation in your bedroom.
- Specialty Windows
Specialty windows allow you to be creative, experimenting with light and shapes to design a one-of-a-kind window in your home. These windows are uniquely shaped, inoperable windows, but they can be used in combination with other styles. One way to incorporate specialty windows in your bedroom is by installing them above your casement or double-hung windows. This results in a combination window that allows you to harness more natural light for your bedroom while maximizing optimal outdoor views. By playing with how light enters your room, you can personalize the entire feel of your bedroom.
When it comes to your window replacement project, look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Knoxville. With our top-quality installation services, our team of professional window contractors is committed and determined to assist you in replacing your bedroom windows. To learn more about our windows and patio doors, give us a call at (865) 221-7970, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve Maryville, TN, and the rest of Blount County.