Examining Casement Window Treatments in Southern California

Kimball Jones

Discovering the perfect window treatments for Southern California homes is probably the most enjoyable part of working in home design and fashion. And few kinds of windows offer the same design challenge as casement windows do. As opposed to typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in and out to open and shut.

Because they work in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they need a slightly different approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find a great casement window treatment.

Priorities for Casement Window Treatments

When choosing a window covering for your swinging window, keep these qualities 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 trouble of a window treatment getting in the way.

  • Ability to fit the depth of your window - Various casement windows may have differing depths between the wall and the window, which means some window coverings may not fit the space.

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, nearly all casement windows will be able to open all the way. A large range of light control will let you get an ideal amount of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements add.

Recommended Casement Window Coverings

So which is the right window covering for Southern California casement windows? Since there can be some variation between various 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 own best fit.

That being said, here are the window treatment options we typically recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is hinged at the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match the way in which your window operated. That also ensures that the shutter won’t block the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or on top of them so the depth of your window isn’t a problem.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a lakefront house. 

Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about suspended material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you need your window open.

Lastly, shutters open up a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your house, but want to keep the light level low. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers slightly open so that you can your ideal brightness and circulation. That level of control is only achievable with plantation shutters.


A less sophisticated option than shutters, shades offer chic looks and an effective framing to your window, without blocking the unique opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no reason to fret about which direction the window is hinged or how deep its jamb is. Shades can simply be pulled to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay undisturbed.

Roman shades in Southern California pool room with green walls.

Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stellar on casement windows while offering great coverage.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve said, casement windows can differ in a couple ways, so there can be other window coverings that fit just as well for your space. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474 today to schedule up your free in-home design consultation.