When looking at windows we tend to focus on their size. Because most windows have four straight sides, we forget that there are many different custom windows with more/fewer than four sides. It's hard to remember their shapes.
So we're going to start collecting photos of custom windows with different shapes. We invite you to share photos of unusual windows you like, so we can add them to our collection. If you want to find window manufacturers that offer a specific shape, you should search for custom windows and/or architectural windows. Another option is to visit a local home building supply company and ask for their recommendation as there are millworks who will build wood windows to your specifications.
Some Custom Windows Have No Sides
Windows with no sides? These are circle, oval and elliptical windows. Round windows are typically used in hallways where a homeowner wants natural sunlight to wake the space up. Some spaces are taller than wide, making elliptical windows equally popular. These windows typically don't provide enough sunlight for activities, serving a mostly aesthetic purpose.
But before you think a round window is plain, you need to check out Pinterest. Follow my board and you'll see lots more ideas for many amazing rooms designed around custom windows.
Triangular Windows With 3 Sides
There aren't that many triangle shaped windows so I was lucky to find and photograph this one. They're used for roof dormers which are typically wide and tall, to create more living space when finishing an attic.
Custom Windows with 5 Sides
Skipping over four-sided windows, brings us to windows with five sides.
Pentagons have five sides, with interior angles that add up to 540º. When all the sides and angles are equal, this is called a regular pentagon. When the sides and angles are different like the window at the top of this article, it's called an irregular pentagon. Alternatively you can call it a polygon.
Look carefully at the pentagon window above and you'll see that it's shape follows the roof line, which is the most common way in which these windows are used for natural sunlight and decorating the exterior of a home.
6-Sided Hexagons are Custom Windows
With thousands of photos you'd think it would be easy to find my own … but it's not. So while I'm looking for a photo of my own with a hexagon windows, here's one I found to share.