Home Improvement Ideas Windows Window Repairs & How-To How to Install a Bay Window Get the reading nook you've always wanted with a picture-perfect bay window. After a bit of labor, you'll love the results! By Caitlin Sole Caitlin Sole Instagram Caitlin is the senior digital home editor at Better Homes & Gardens, where she covers all things home, including decorating and interior design, cleaning and organization, paint and color, home improvement, and more. She is a writer and editor with nearly a decade of interior design education and expertise. She has vast experience with digital publishing, including SEO, photoshoot production, video production, eCommerce content, print collaboration, and custom sales content. Caitlin graduated with a bachelor of journalism, with an emphasis in magazine editing, as well as a minor in textile and apparel management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also received a multicultural certificate. Caitlin regularly attends trade shows and industry press conferences for market research and continued education. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on May 30, 2018 Share Tweet Pin Email Project Overview Total Time: 2 days Skill Level: Advanced What is a home without a picturesque window to gaze out of? Whether it's used as a reading nook, a breakfast seat, or a picture display, a bay window looks lovely in any home. Make this dreamy feature yours this season by installing one yourself! Homeowners with previous handiwork experience can feel confident following the steps provided below. Beginners may want to enlist help from friends or professionals with basic construction knowledge. This task should take one to two days, so it's the perfect weekend project! What You'll Need Equipment / Tools 1 Measuring tape 1 Drill 1 Hammer 1 Level 1 Stapler 1 Caulking gun 1 Screwdriver 1 Flat pry bar 1 Circular saw Materials 1 Bay window 1 Exterior casing 1 2x4s 1 Shims 1 Caulk 1 Roofing felt or building paper 1 Drip cap 1 Flashing 1 Plywood 1 Roofing 1 Finishing nails 1 Staples 1 Roofing nails 1 Interior trim 1 Casing nails 1 Insulation Instructions Frame and Support Cables Before you begin, read the window's instructions carefully and be sure to install the required cable support. In one arrangement the cables are attached to an overhanging eaves structure. Cable attached to a header or studs must be at an angle no flatter than 30 degrees. Whichever method you choose, plan how you will cover the cables with a roof or a short wall up to the eaves. Some units have cables preinstalled; with others, you have to add the hardware for the cable yourself. Prep the Opening Your opening should already be cut and framed. Flash the opening. The jambs of the window shown fasten directly to framing members. Some other bay windows have flanges; with such units you'll need to set the window in temporarily, shim it square, mark for cutting the siding to accommodate the casing, and cut the siding. Mark Fasteners and Drill Following the manufacturer's instructions, mark the fastener locations. Drill four or so holes in the unit to allow you to firmly fasten it in place for shimming and leveling. Temporarily Fit Window Cut a pair of temporary supports. With a helper or two, raise the window into place and temporarily support it. Check for level and plumb all around and shim as needed. Drive screws at the top and sides to temporarily hold the window in place. Check that operable windows open smoothly. Construct Roof Make a template or carefully measure so you can prefab the roof. It is much easier to fine-tune the angled cuts and install the pieces while working at ground level. Drill large holes for the support cables. Measure and cut the final sheathing pieces. Install Roof Set the roof in place and mark where you'll cut the siding to allow for the flashing. Use a spacer to mark for adequate flashing space. If needed mark the siding for cutting, remove the window, and cut the siding.