Finding the perfect window covering solution for Dallas homeowners is one of our favorite parts of working in interior design and fashion. And few kinds 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 open in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they need a somewhat different approach when looking for a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to choose an ideal casement window treatment.
Casement Window Treatment Priorities
When picking a window covering for your swinging window, keep these items in mind.
Ease of use - No matter if your casement window operates 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 - Various casement windows may have differing depths between your wall and the window itself, meaning 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 giving up the effective ventilation that casements add.
Recommended Casement Window Treatments
So which is the right window covering for Dallas casement windows? Because there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, etc), it’s a good idea to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your own best fit.
Knowing that, these 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 hinged at the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match the direction your window operated. That also makes sure that your shutters don’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by handle or crank, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or attached above them so your window depth isn’t an issue.
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 whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you wish 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.
A more basic option than shutters, shades offer chic looks and an effective framing to your window, without blocking the unique opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no reason to consider which direction the window opens 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 can be other window treatments that function 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.