You know that cramped space over the kitchen sink that everyone seems to have in their home? It’s a great spot for a window thanks to all that natural light. But you can be quite limited in the type of window you are able to place there. You have to work within the confines of the wall space that is currently there, so which windows are best for this spot?
Before narrowing down which styles will work best, here are some key qualities you should consider:
- Ease of use: With a countertop between you and the window, it can be tricky opening any window, which is why you need a style that takes little effort to operate. You’ll want to select a window you can open with just one hand or finger, to avoid straining your arms and back.
- Air circulation: When you cook, this produces heat, steam, and unpleasant odors. You need the ability to circulate fresh, cool air inside when needed, which is why you should avoid geometric and picture windows that are not designed to open.
- Aesthetics: Your kitchen window should add to the beauty of your interior, so choose one that has the perfect frame color, hardware style, and grille pattern that complements your décor.
- Ample light: If you would like to encourage the filtration of more natural light (and who doesn’t?) install a large window that brings a more spacious and open feel to your kitchen.
Best Window Styles
Now that you have considered your aesthetics and space issues, here are some of the ideal window styles to use in your kitchen above the sink:
- Garden: Acting as a miniature greenhouse, this type of window allows natural light to shine in from all angles. Thanks to the oversized sill, you can set houseplants and herbs here to liven up the look and smell of your kitchen.
- Casement: Thanks to the crank operation of this type of window, you can customize your ventilation options because you are able to open the windows wide with no visual obstructions.
- Sliders: These are oriented horizontally, available in custom sizes that fit the width of your sink. Plus, smooth tracks make sliding windows easy to open and close with just one hand.
- Double hung: There’s a reason this is the most popular window style in the country. You likely have these elsewhere in your home, and you can even use them in your kitchen. You can open either the upper or lower sash, resulting in unmatched versatility and ventilation.
Contact Rescom Exteriors for the Best Kitchen Windows
Still not sure which kind you want? Ask us! Our Rescom professionals can work with you to come up with the best over-the-kitchen-sink window for your needs. To learn more, contact us for a free quote and consultation.