Breaking Down Casement Window Treatments in Dallas01/14/2017Collins Jones Finding the perfect window covering solution for Dallas homeowners is one of our favorite parts of working in interior design and fashion. And few styles of windows come with the same design challenge as casement windows do. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and thus swing in and out to operate. Since they work differently from most other windows, they necessitate a somewhat different approach when looking for a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to choose a great casement window treatment. Casement Window Treatment Priorities When choosing a window covering for your swinging window, keep these qualities in mind. Ease of use - No matter if your casement window opens and shuts by a crank or lever, you need to be able to easily open and shut your window without the hassle of a window treatment getting in the way. Ability to fit your window depth - Individual casement windows may have differing depths between your wall and the window itself, so some window treatments may not fit the space. Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, just about all casement windows are able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will allow you achieve an ideal level of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements add. Recommended Casement Window Treatment Options So which is the right window covering for Dallas casement windows? Because there can be some differences between individual casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, etc), it’s a good idea to set up an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your unique ideal fit. Knowing that, these are the window treatment options we most highly recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is hinged at the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match the way in which your window works. That also makes certain that your shutters don’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or on top of them so your window depth isn’t a problem. Shutters can be put in around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about dangling material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open. Lastly, shutters open up a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your house, but want to keep the light level low. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your ideal brightness and circulation. That amount of control is only possible with plantation shutters. Shades A more basic option than shutters, shades offer chic looks and an effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the unique opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no reason to fret about what direction the window swings or how deep its jamb is. 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 giving you great coverage. Other Window Treatments For Casements As we’ve said, casement windows can differ in a few ways, so there might be other window treatments that fit just as well for your home. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Dallas at 214-301-5066 today to schedule up a free in-home design consultation.