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Bay Window Blinds Tip #2: Check the recess

Finding the Perfect Shutters and Blinds for Bay Windows

Bay windows can allow a wonderful amount of natural light into a room. They can easily be designed to be the focal point of the space with the right bay window blinds and shutters.

Determining how you want your blinds and shutters to look is the first step. When it comes to bay window blind solutions, will you want them to be minimal and flush with the walls, or do you prefer them to come out into the room to some degree? Your preferences here will help determine the right blinds for your room.

Shutters for Bay Windows

Bay windows help make a room look polished – and a well-dressed bay window can be a real design feature. While some blinds work better than others for bay windows, here at Complete Blinds we have a wide range of blinds for bay windows. Blinds with small depth requirements are generally the best option for bay windows. Another thing to consider is what kind of visibility you’d like to maintain.

There are quite a few different types of bay windows, each with different angles and bows so it’s important to consider the different aspects of your bay windows to ensure the best possible blinds for each setting. The friendly team at Complete Blinds are experts at helping you select the right blinds for your bay windows, so rest assured – you’re in good hands!

Bay Window Blinds Tip #1: Take your measurements

The first step is figuring out what kind of bay windows you’re working with. Options include:

Canted or Angled Bay Windows

These half hexagon shaped bay windows have a flat front piece of glass with two angled sides.

Bow Windows

These windows are made of one large sheet of curved glass.


This style of bay window is similar to Angled Bay Windows but feature 5-7 pieces of glass.

Triangular Bay Windows

These bay windows feature a sharper angle, with two pieces of glass installed at 120 degrees.

Bay Window Oriel

This style of bay window is typically found in gothic-style homes, found over entryways or on second floors, replicating tall, narrow enclosed porches.

Bay Window Blinds Tip #2: Check the recess

Every bay window is different, so the first thing you need to do is measure all the different angles and lengths. If the recessed depth of the window is minimal, and you want the bay window blinds not to stick out into the room, you may be limited to mini-blinds or other similar types. Custom made blinds like Duo-Blinds can fit into the tightest of spaces without having them stick out beyond the window frame. On the other hand, if you don’t mind them sticking out slightly, you may be able to get away with larger blind styles. This, of course, will depend on the required depth for installing the blinds.

If you have a fair amount of recessed space in your bay windows, you have a much broader choice of selections. Faux wood blinds, mini blinds, cellular shades, the list goes on.

a living room with a window seat and a view of the ocean

a bay window with shutters and a chair

Bay Window Blinds Tip #3: Inside or outside?

The next consideration in finding the perfect blinds is whether you want them inside mounted or outside mounted. Outside mounted can give you more options to create the perfect window treatment, but it does come with a few factors to bear in mind.

Some blinds will offer more privacy than others. Read more about our privacy options.

Bay Window Blinds Tip #4: How much privacy do you need?

Depending on where the bay window is situated – whether in a bathroom, on a street-facing side or facing a back yard or patio – you may require more privacy in some locations than in others.

Some blinds will offer more privacy than others. Read more about our privacy options.

Bay Window Shutter in Bedroom

a bedroom with a bed, a rug, and a window

Installation of Bay Window Blinds

When it comes to selecting the right bay window blinds for your home, it’s important to do your preparation well.

Measuring your window for installation.

The collision point of bay window blinds can be an issue, because of the angles of the windows. The blinds covering the left window can interfere with the center window, as can the right one. This means that you must be careful in determining the collision points to ensure that all blinds can open and close properly without issues. The general rule of thumb is that the left window and the right window are measured from the outside mount area to the point of collision, and the middle window measurement is simply taken from point of collision with the left and right windows. This means that although the left and right bay window blind sizes will be the same, the middle one may not be.

What shape is your bay window?

As we discussed above, it’s important to take note of the shape of your bay window. Most bay windows are either ‘Traditional’ or ‘Separated’.

Traditional Bay Windows:

bay window sections separated by a thin trim or casing. In traditional bay windows, the two sections may touch in the corners. Depending on the proximity and angle of the windows, traditional bay windows can have depth issues.

Separated Bay Windows:

bay window sections separated by thicker sections of wall. Separated bay windows are generally pushed further apart, making them simpler to measure and dress.

Bay Window Shutters in Playroom

Bay Window Blinds Lounge Room

The type of bay window, as well as your style and functionality preferences will help determine the best type of blind to use.

The team at Complete Blinds will ensure your blinds are exactly right for their setting, creating a seamless, sophisticated look.

Another consideration in finding the right bay window blinds is the window length. You want your blinds to cover the whole length of all the windows. This means you need to measure them all and go with the longest length. Although they should all be the same, this may not always be the case, so it is better to measure them all to ensure a proper fit.

If you are still struggling with finding the best bay window blinds, or are looking for someone to install it completely, our team at Complete Blinds would love to help you out. Stop by our showroom today and see all the blinds we offer and the installation services we provide

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