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The Easiest-To-Use Window Treatment For The Villages

December 10, 2019

In your home in The Villages, one of the best ways to combat the Florida sun is to install quality window treatments. However, finding the easiest-to-use window treatments can be tricky if you have any mobility issues, especially in your hands or fingers. Blinds and other treatments that use cords can become cumbersome and stressful to the point that you keep them closed. But then those beautiful days are completely shut off from your home.

From plantation shutters to barn doors, here is the list of the easiest-to-use window treatments for your home in The Villages.

Plantation Shutters Easily Open And Close Without Cords

Master bedroom with shades

Top of the list for easiest-to-use window treatments has to be our Polywood® plantation shutters. These treatments are comprised of several slats -- called louvers -- that open and close via a center tilt rod. When sun glare becomes a problem, just tilt the louvers until the glare isn’t in your eyes. Having them completely closed will give you the most privacy and will provide great energy-efficiency benefits.

If you still have trouble gripping the center tilt rod, you may want to use plantation shutters with a hidden or rear tilt rod. Then to open or close the shutters, you just have to move any louver. Many people with arthritis in their hands prefer this method, as they find it much easier to grab onto a large louver than a thin tilt rod.

Orchid in front of plantation shutters
The faux wood composite in our Polywood shutters makes them easy to clean and maintain. For everyday dusting, just wipe off with a feather or cloth duster. Any stubborn dirt or stains will come off with a swipe of a damp rag. We also guarantee your shutters will never yellow, warp or crack. Once they are up, they should always stay looking great.

Cordless And Motorized Shades Are Easy To Use Window Treatments

Beige cellular pull down shades in a living room

Shades look nice and clean, especially in a Florida room, but the cords can get in the way. For easy-to-use shades, look for cordless cellular shades. You can raise and lower cellular shades with the bottom bar, and their thickness allows them to stay at the height you want them at. The cellular construction will even help with some temperature control when they fully cover your windows.

You can also get some shades motorized so they raise and lower with a touch of a button. This is great for windows that are out of reach, as you can still raise and lower via remote control. You can even set them to a timer, so they raise in the morning and close for bedtime.

Other Easy-To-Use Window Treatments

White barn shutters above a kitchen sink

While plantation shutters and shades are some of the easiest to use window treatments, there are some other cordless options. Barn door shutters are comprised of large panels that slide from an overhead track. They work well to frame your windows and add some visual intrigue to your windows, but the drawback is that for some people the panels might seem a bit heavy. However, the panels glide easily so that there’s no challenge to cover the windows.
 White polywood blinds in a kitchen
Blinds can be an easy-to-use solution -- but only if you use a cordless or motorized version. You’ll want a blind that uses a rigid slat material, like Polywood. Cheap aluminum blinds just won’t work if you have mobility problems, as the cords will get tangled up and the flimsy slats will snap off at the ends.

Let Sunburst Help You Find the Easiest-to-Use Window Treatment That’s Right For You

To find the perfect window treatment for your home in The Villages, call on your Sunburst Gainesville rep. They will show you the benefits of all the easy-to-use window treatments, from our Polywood plantation shutters to barn doors, at an in-home consultation. Just call 813-602-5966 to book your appointment today!