Fanlight & Transom Window Hardware

At Restoration Online, we sell a range of hardware to latch and operate your transom windows including hooks, catches, window stays, pole hooks and fanlight operators. Whether you are restoring an original transom window or installing a brand new one, we have the hardware to ensure your transom windows are fully functional.

What do you call the window above a door?

Many traditional homes have a window above the door, but unless you are an architect, interior designer or lover of historical houses, you may not know what these architectural details are actually called. The small windows above the door are called transom windows. They are called this because they are placed over the transom, which is the name for the horizontal beam or piece of wood that separates the door from the window. Transom windows can come in a variety of shapes, but traditionally they were often in a semi-circle resembling a fan with dividers separating the panes of glass in equal radius, so they are also known as fanlight windows.

Transom windows are usually over doors but they can also be above another window. Transom windows are sometimes fixed, however many are able to be opened and closed. They can also be installed on exterior or interior walls. They come in a variety of different designs and can be made out of a range of materials so they can complement any style of house.

Transom windows allow airflow between rooms or into the house, and they also let through natural light, or can even provide better access to an amazing view. They were very common before air conditioning became widely available.

As well as being functional, they are also very decorative. Many transom windows use stained glass bringing both colour, charm and character to your home. They were very popular in traditional or heritage houses, but can also be a stylish and practical addition to a modern or contemporary home, and if you use clear glass it can be a great way to share natural light between rooms.

What transom window hardware do I need?

Given transom windows are often very high up, they are not always simple to open and close. There are several different options available for doing this. One option is using a pole and hook. At Restoration Online we sell pole hooks in a variety of different finishes including antique brass which is a hand-crafted finish and is designed to age over time. Or for a shinier finish, you can also buy our pole hooks in polished brass. If you are after a traditional look, our pole hooks also come in antique copper. As transom windows are becoming more popular in modern architecture we also sell our hooks in matte black, chrome or satin chrome. Our pole hooks have an internal diameter of 25mm and are 100mm in length. They come with screws included, as well as with a one year warranty.

Instead of using a pool and hook, fanlight or transom window operators are also very popular. Fanlight operators can be mounted on the side of the window frame to make it easy for your transom windows to be opened and closed when you want to let in fresh air. Whether your transom window is hinged at the top or the bottom, or whether they open inwards or outwards, our fanlight window operators are designed to be used on all types of transom windows. They even work on pivoting fanlight windows!

We also sell fanlight stops online. The fanlight stops are designed for fanlight windows that are hinged at the bottom to rest open upon when they are open. The arms are designed to be attached to the frame and the rectangular keepers are installed on the window to protect the timber when the window is lowered onto the arms. You will require a separate catch to hold the window shut.

At Restoration Online, we also sell fanlight catches and fanlight swivels. Whether your old swivels or catches have worn out or you are installing brand new transom windows, you will be able to find a finish that suits your needs. As with our pole hooks and our other transom window hardware, our fanlight swivels and catches are available in an antique brass, antique copper, black, chrome, polished brass or satin chrome finish.

With so many different transom window hardware options available, you may not know where to start! At Restoration Online, we pride ourselves on amazing customer service and our experienced staff have the knowledge to help answer your questions. You can call us between 8.30am and 5.00pm or contact us online.

Most homes have a variety of different styles of windows, so as well transom window hardware you can buy all your other window hardware needs from Restoration Online as well. Depending on what type of windows you have in your house we sell sash window lifts, sash window fasteners, sash window accessories, awning window hardware, casement window stays and casement window fasteners. And if you have curtains, we also supply curtain fittings. In fact, we don’t just take care of your window needs, we are a one-stop shop for all your home hardware requirements! Place an order online and have these items shipped out to both metro and regional areas Australia wide. Contact us today and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help you.