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Box bay window shutters

Bay windows have a long history dating as far back as the medieval era. The concept of bay windows can be traced to Gothic architecture, which emerged in the late medieval period in Europe, around the 12th century. They were characterised by their projecting design, allowing more light to enter the interior and providing a wider view of the surroundings.

There are several types of bay windows, including canted, oriel, and circle bay windows. However, in this article, we will be concentrating on shutters for box bay windows. These are commonly referred to as square bay windows.

What is a box bay window?

A box bay window (sometimes called a square bay window) is a specific type of bay window characterised by a squared-off shape. Unlike traditional bay windows that protrude outward in a curved or angled manner, box bay windows have a more geometric and angular design. Box bays consist of a central window unit that is parallel to the wall, flanked by smaller windows on either side – the three faces are joined at 90-degree angles. This configuration creates a box-like structure, which gives the window style its name.

Box bay windows are popular in architectural designs where a more contemporary or streamlined look is desired. They are often used in both residential and commercial buildings to add architectural interest, increase natural light, and create additional interior space. Like traditional bay windows, box bays can be used for various purposes. These include creating cosy window seats, showcasing views, or providing extra space for indoor plants or decorative elements. The flat front of the box bay window allows for the easy placement of furniture or other items inside the window space.

What are box bay window shutters?

Box bay window shutters (sometimes called square bay window shutters) are specifically designed and manufactured for the bay’s unique ‘box’ style. Wooden window shutters are a perfect choice for box bays and can completely transform the look of a box bay window. They add timeless elegance, light control, and privacy inside your home, as well as kerb appeal and uniformity outside your home.

Unlike curtains and blinds, shutters for box bay windows are fitted against the window frame to complement the tight angles of the box. It’s a very neat option in comparison to curtains as you can still benefit from the style and shape of the bay. Curtains can hide some of the front and side of the windows. We make all our shutters bespoke, so we can ensure they are precisely fitted as close to the window as possible and handles are aligned.

What shutter styles work with a box bay window?

Choosing the right shutter style for a box bay window can enhance the overall aesthetics of your home. Since box bay windows have a squared-off shape and often present a modern or streamlined appearance, you’ll want to select shutter styles that complement this design. Here are a few options to consider:

Full-height shutters

Full-height shutters cover the entire height of the window. They can be designed to match the clean lines of a box bay window and provide a sleek, uncluttered look.

Café-style shutters

Café-style shutters cover only the bottom portion of the window, leaving the top part open. This style works well with box bay windows because it maintains the unobstructed view while offering privacy and light control at the lower level.

Tier-on-tier shutters

Tier-on-tier shutters consist of two independently operable sets of panels, one on top of the other. This style allows for flexible control over privacy and light. You can close the bottom panels for privacy while keeping the top panels open to let in natural light.

Bi-fold or tracked shutters

Bi-fold or tracked shutters can be a practical choice for wide box bay windows. They fold or slide neatly to the side, allowing easy access to the window and maximising the view when the shutters are open.

Solid or Louvred shutters?

Whatever design you choose, you will also need to decide if you want solid doors on your shutters or slats (louvres).

When choosing a shutter style, consider the functionality you need (such as light control and privacy) along with the visual appeal. It’s also advisable to consult with a professional shutter company like ours, that can provide customised options tailored to your specific box bay window dimensions and architectural style.

Box bay window shutter inspiration gallery

For more inspiration, peruse our installations and our inspiration gallery.

Our expert Design Consultants have so much knowledge to share. If you are looking for bespoke wooden plantation shutters for your home, request an obligation-free appointment today. We’d love to chat things through.

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