Your Guide to the Servery Window |
This One Design Detail Will Give Your Home Instant Summer Vibes

This One Design Detail Will Give Your Home Instant Summer Vibes

Three words: alfresco dining goals

Written by –
Jess Ng
on May 6th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

Nothing signals the start of summer like some good old indoor-outdoor living inspiration. From living rooms that seamlessly extend out to terraces, to outdoor kitchens and dining spaces which function as rooms in their own right, we’ve covered our fair share of indoor outdoor living goals over the years. The only thing missing from our repertoire? The servery window.


If you don’t know what a servery window is, I can’t say I’m surprised. Servery windows were a recent discovery for me too, unearthed after a lazy afternoon of Pinterest procrastination. But now that my eyes have been opened, I’m questioning how my imaginary dream home ever survived without one. Lets just say that if alfresco dining is your jam, then you had better listen up, for servery windows were practically made to cater to your outdoor feasting aspirations. Ahead, here’s your guide to servery windows – the design detail that’s guaranteed to give your home instant summer vibes.

What Is a Servery Window?

A servery window is a large window linking an indoor room (typically the kitchen) to an outdoor space. They usually have an extra wide sill that can be used as a bar or dining table.

Bright white cottage kitchen with open bi-fold servery window |
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Servery windows traditionally functioned as a way for maids and chefs to efficiently transport food to formal dining rooms. Now, they’re a popular design hack for creating that coveted indoor outdoor living vibe.

Outdoor living area with bi-fold servery window and tropical design accents |
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Why Do I Want a Servery Window?

Alfresco dining goals aside, servery windows have a number of important design benefits.

Breezy breakfast bar with servery window and wooden bar stools |
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For instance, they’re a seamless way to connect inside and out. As such, servery windows are a good (and often cheaper) alternative to the glass window wall. In addition, as servery windows tend to be a lot bigger than traditional windows, they also stand as a genius way to bring more light into your home.

Beachy outdoor dining area with servery window detail |
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Last but not least, if you’re the kind who likes to entertain then servery windows are a great logistical design detail. They of course offer a fuss-free way to pass food and drink back and forth. What’s more, they also allow you to stay connected with your outdoor guests when you’re prepping in the kitchen.

What Type of Servery Windows Are There?

Servery windows come in a range of different options, allowing you to choose one that fits exactly with your design style.

White modern kitchen with bi-fold servery window and wood design details |
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The Bi-Fold

The bi-fold window is perhaps the most popular type of servery window. It’s made from a series of panels which fold back on themselves, opening up fully for an unobstructed view.



Sliding windows, on the other hand, typically consist of two panels – only one of which slides to the side to create an opening.

Beach cottage alfresco dining area with gas strut servery window and white stools |
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Gas Strut

Finally, gas strut windows are hinged at the top and can be pushed outwards to create an awning effect. Unlike its bi-fold and sliding counterparts, gas strut windows provide a shelter of sorts over the servery. However, you should bear in mind that these windows can only be closed from the outside.

Is There Anything I Should Be Aware of When Installing a Servery Window?

Generally speaking, the process of installing a servery window is relatively straightforward.

White indoor outdoor dining space with wide gas strut servery window |
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That being said, adding in a servery window is a significant structural change, so it’s always best to get the advice of a professional window company.

Rustic bohemian outdoor dining area with gas strut servery window and beachy design details |
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If there is no existing window, you may also need to consult with a builder or structural engineer to check that your wall can hold the weight. Also note that you may further need to change your existing kitchen counter tops to ensure it aesthetically matches your new servery sill.

What do you think of servery windows? Let us know in the comments below!


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