Standard window sizes in US

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While shopping for your replacement windows, you may have noticed that these windows come in a few consistent sizes. The windows are made to fit most of the common sizes in homes. It may not work for all the homes, but manufacturers have chosen these sizes because they are the most popular sizes. If you would like to avoid extra charges incurred from custom windows, you should try to adhere to the standard window sizes when carrying out window restoration.

What size window do you need?

To determine the size, you will need to measure the length and width of the window and combine it. The first two numbers refer to the width and the second two refer to the height. Manufacturers add ½ inch to every size dimension so that the window can be easily installed.

Window sizes

Double hung windows

Double hung windows are the most common window replacement type in the US. They generally come in a wide variety of sizes to fit most openings. They are used in bedrooms, kitchens, hallways, and throughout most homes. Their width can be anywhere from 24 inches to 48 inches and its height can be between 36 inches and 72 inches.

Picture windows

Picture frame windows are manufactured for aesthetic appeal and they allow more sunlight into the home. Most of them are not operable and they can thus be built in a variety of sizes and designs. You must decide if you prefer small or large picture windows. The most popular size picture windows widths include: 2ft, 4ft, 6ft and 8ft. however, standard picture windows can be from 1ft to 8ft.

Sliding windows

These variants of windows are most often installed in one’s bedroom, bathroom, basement or kitchen. These windows are generally wider and less tall. They are available in horizontal widths of 36, 48, 60, 72 and 84 inches. Their heights are commonly found in sizes of 24, 36, 48 and 60 inches.

Bay windows

These types of windows really open up your space and add style and beauty to your home. If you choose to add one bay window to your space, will not only enhance your space but also increase your homes value instantly. They range in widths of 3 foot 6 inches to 10 foot 6 inches. Their heights range from 3 foot to 6 foot to 6 inches tall.


Most older homes need custom made windows because they were built long before windows were even being manufactured in large quantities. These homes often need windows in odd dimensions that are no match to standard window sizes. Although the cost of custom-made windows is greater, the great part is that these windows are custom made for you and your home specifically. You will have the assurance that the windows being installed in your home have been manufactured just for you.



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