Finding the perfect window treatment solution for Gainesville homeowners is one of the best parts of working in home design and fashion. And few styles of windows present the same design challenge as casement windows do. Unlike typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in and out to operate.
Since they operate in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they necessitate a somewhat different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to choose a great casement window treatment.
Casement Window Treatment Priorities
When picking a window treatment for your swinging window, keep these priorities in mind.
Ease of operation - Whether your casement window opens and shuts via lever, cam handle, or crank, you should be able to easily open and shut your window without the hassle of a window treatment blocking you.
Ability to fit your window depth - Various casement windows will have differing depths between the wall and the window, meaning some window coverings may be too deep for the space.
Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open partway, just about all casement windows will be able to open all the way. A large range of light control will let you get a perfect amount of light without sacrificing the effective ventilation that casements add.
The Best Casement Window Treatments
So which is our recommended window treatment for Gainesville casement windows? Because there can be some differences between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and beyond), it’s good to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your own best fit.
That being said, here are the window treatment options we most highly recommend for casement windows.
There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is connected to the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-built to match how your window opens. That also ensures that your shutters won’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or attached above them so your window depth isn’t a problem.
Shutters can be installed around the opening of the window to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. As a bonus, you never have to worry about dangling material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open.
Lastly, shutters open up a wide 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. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers slightly open so that you can get the best of both worlds. That level of control is only achievable with plantation shutters.
A more basic option compared to shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the swinging opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no need to fret about which direction the window opens or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay unobstructed.
Roman shades and cellular shades both look stellar on casement windows while offering great coverage.
Other Casement Window Treatments
As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in some ways, so there can be other window coverings that fit just as well for your space. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Gainesville at 813-602-5966
today to set up a free window design consultation.