Finding the perfect window coverings for St. George homeowners is one of the best parts of working in home design and fashion. And few styles of windows offer the same design challenge as casement windows do. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in or out to operate.
Because they work differently from most other windows, they need a somewhat different approach when looking for a window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose a great casement window treatment.
Casement Window Treatment Priorities
When picking a window treatment for your casement window, be sure to keep these priorities in mind.
Ease of operation - No matter if your casement window opens and closes by a crank or lever, you should be able to easily open and shut it without the hassle of a window treatment blocking you.
Fitting the depth of your window - Different casement windows will have varying depths between your wall and the window itself, so some window coverings may not fit the space.
Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open halfway, nearly all casement windows are able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will let you achieve a perfect amount of light without sacrificing the effective ventilation that casements give you.
The Best Casement Window Treatments
So which is the right window treatment for St. George casement windows? Since there can be some variation between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, etc), it’s good to have an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your unique ideal fit.
Knowing that, here are the window treatment options we usually recommend for casement windows.
You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is connected to the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be fit to match the direction your window operated. That also makes sure that the shutter won’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by handle or crank, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or on top of them so the depth of your window isn’t a problem.
Shutters can be put in around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about dangling material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open.
Finally, shutters let you into a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you want to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your home, but don’t want a lot of light. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers nearly shut so that you can get the best of both worlds. That level of control is only possible with plantation shutters.
A more basic option relative to shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an effective framing to your window, without obstructing the unique opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no reason to fret about what direction the window is hinged or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain undisturbed.
Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stylish on casement windows while providing great light control.
Other Casement Window Treatments
As we’ve said, casement windows can vary in a couple ways, so there can be other window treatments that function just as well for your house. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters St. George at 435-485-9332
today to set up a free window design consultation.