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Detroit Bay Windows

Bay Windows Bump Out to Bring Space and Sunlight In

A bay window is one of the most widely known styles of window. An angled combination of three different windows, it’s unique look makes it stand out. The benefits it brings to your home stand out too.

Bay windows extend beyond your exterior wall to create additional space inside your home — perfect for a window seat for a reading nook, a bench for extra seating in your kitchen, or an opening for furniture. In addition to the extra room, you get extra sunlight and ventilation. Bay windows were popularized in the Victorian era, but their architectural interest transcends home styles.

Commonly known as: Oriel window, projecting window, 45-degree bay window, 30-degree bay window, box bay window, square bay window

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • Victorian Style Bay Windows Victorian Style 

    Bay windows are a common feature in Victorian homes, of which greater Detroit has many — the most famous found at 544 Frederick in the Frederick Avenue Historic District. Victorian houses are ornate and finely detailed. Bay windows were often used on two stories to create the look of a tower. They complement the style by giving Victorian homes a multi-dimensional shape on the outside and a sunny glow on the inside.

  • Energy Efficient Windows Energy-Efficient Windows Being in the northern United States, Detroit experiences its share of shifting temperatures from freezing winters to hot, urban summers. Many homeowners opt for double-pane or triple-pane windows to help reduce energy costs and keep their homes consistently comfortable in all types of weather. With double or triple panes of glass and insulating gas between the panes, energy efficient windows offer more insulation than traditional single-pane windows.
  • bay windows with curtains and blinds Bay Window Curtains and Blinds

    The unique shape of a bay window and the addition of a seat or bench can make finding the right window treatment tricky. Curtains are a sought-after solution in Detroit, and there are specific bay window curtain rods that are adjustable and angled to fit your window without completely closing off the extra space. Bay window blinds are also popular because you can install them over each individual window in the combination.

  • window seats and benches Window Seats and Benches

    There are many ways to take advantage of the additional square footage that bay windows bring to your home. A bay window seat with cushions or a bench are the most common. Depending on the location of your window — bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or living room — you can design the extra space to your needs. Building seating into your bay window can eliminate the need for bulky furniture and make your room feel larger and more open. You can also incorporate storage under the window seat by adding drawers or creating a bench seat that opens up on a hinge.

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Recommended Customizations1

Bay windows offer a lot of room for customization. The large center window is typically combined with operational windows on each side. Casement windows that crank out to open up for ventilation are the most common. Victorian or traditional grille patterns and brass, bronze and rustic hardware add traditional accents that complement the style of historic homes. Find more customizations here.


  • Classic Collection
  • Essential Collection
  • Rustic Collection


  • Traditional Grille Pattern
  • New England Grille Pattern
  • Victorian Grille Pattern?

1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Detroit Climate Recommendations

Detroit sits at the edge of Lake St. Clair but its climate is largely affected by the Great Lakes. Freezing temps, moderate snowfall and spring and summer thunderstorms are the norm. The range of temperatures and variable precipitation make energy efficient products a priority for many homeowners in the region.

SunDefense Low-E Insulating Glass

Low-E Protection

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass. The added protection helps provide balanced insulation from Detroit’s cool winters and moderate summers.

Low-E Protection

Glass Glazing

Glazing windows can help seal out the weather — including freezing temps and precipitation — and help you maintain a comfortable home climate. 

Durable Materials

Double or Triple Pane Glass

Energy efficient windows with double-pane or triple-pane glass can help lower energy costs compared to single-pane windows. The extra layers of glass have insulating gas between the panes helps insulate your home.

Why Choose Pella?

Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

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An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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A Pella Windows & Doors of Detroit expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home — and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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