Why We Have Window Grids: Uses, Origin, and Styling

Grids, grilles, stripes, or whatever you know them as referring to the vertical and horizontal lines we see on windows. The majority of windows we see every day, even the ones in your house, have grids on them. We may not pay much attention to them when window shopping either, simply opting for the ones that look the best according to us. If you’ve ever wondered how window grids came to be and what significance they have in windows, keep on reading. 

Origin and Uses

Currently, the function of these grids is close to none. They are more prevalent as a means of design and style rather than functionality. They don’t benefit to the structural integrity of current windows. However, back when window grids emerged, they had a much larger role to play in the structure of the window. 

Before the 20th century, windows were made with smaller individual pieces of glass that we’ve come to know as window panes. These panes were much easier to produce than large pieces of glass since the proper technology and machinery weren’t present. These small glass panes were combined together with the help of grids commonly made of wood or metal.

Common Styles

Because window grids date back to the early days of windows, you’ll find them on more traditional home styles such as Victorian, Craftsman, and Farmhouse. Most contemporary homes don’t even have grids on their windows and opt for clear glass from top to bottom instead. Let’s break down some of the most common styles of window grids.

4-pane Window

This is arguably one of the most common styles of grids around. The window is separated into four equal parts. This style of grids is common in picture windows and square window shapes. While windows with these types of grids are usually on the smaller side, there are modern homes that incorporate 4-pane windows seamlessly into their design. By opting for a black frame and grids on a larger window, you can still get a sleek and contemporary look on a 4-pane window.

6-pane Window

Next to the 4-pane window, the 6-pane is also quite popular. You’ll notice this style especially in a lot of seaside homes or cottage-style homes. French doors and windows are absolute favorites within this design. 6-pane windows typically are made with double doors that open either inwards or outwards. 

Diamond Window

Diamond grid windows are also known as lattice windows and have small to medium-sized diamond shapes across the entire glass. These are most notable within European architecture and are commonly found in Tudor or Cottage style homes.

Decorative Grilles

Window grilles don’t have to be only horizontal or vertical lines. They can include much more abstract shapes and designs. Some are more intricate and detailed than others and you can let your imagination run free with custom window designs. 

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