Guide to Selecting the Best Hardware for Your Windows

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Curtain rods and holdbacks are what usually come to mind when talking about window hardware. However, if you’re shopping for new windows, you’ll notice that hardware mostly refers to the mechanical parts of a window, such as bolts, cranks, latches, sash and so on.

Here’s a simple guide to choosing the best hardware for your windows.


Sashes, or the moving panels of glass, require certain mechanisms in order to function.

  1. Locks – placed at the top of the window, securing the sash and keeping it tightly closed

  2. Lifts – a handle placed at the bottom of the window, enabling you to open and close the sash

  3. Pulleys and cords – typically used in antique windows to raise and lower the sash

  4. Stops – used to keep the sash open

Bars and Grilles

Bars and grilles are typically added to improve security for windows. They can help deter intruders or burglars and prevent falls. These components are often found in casement, sliding and single- and double-hung windows. But you can also add them to your patio door. Apart from functionality, grilles can also be made with decorative features like arches, scrolls and other designs. You can have them made with emergency releases as well so that you can open them from the inside.


For casement windows, the hardware required is different from those found in sash windows.

  1. Latches – enable you to open and lock the window

  2. Hinges – the joints on which the window swings

  3. Stays – adjusters for opening or closing the window to let in the right amount of air

  4. Bolts – used to keep tall sashes from bowing

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