Choosing the perfect window covering solution for Southern California homes is one of the best parts of working in interior design and fashion. And few kinds of windows come with the same design obstacle as do casement windows. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and thus swing in and out to operate.
Since they work in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they necessitate a somewhat unique approach when looking for a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find an ideal casement window treatment.
Casement Window Treatment Priorities
When choosing a window covering for your swinging window, be sure to keep these items in mind.
Ease of operation - No matter if your casement window opens and shuts by a crank or lever, you need to be able to easily open and close your window without the hassle of a window treatment getting in the way.
Ability to fit your window depth - Different casement windows will 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 partially, nearly all casement windows are able to open all the way. That range of light control will allow you get an ideal level of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements add.
The Best Casement Window Treatments
So which is the right window covering for Southern California casement windows? Because there can be some differences between individual casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so forth), it’s a good idea to set up an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your home’s best fit.
That being said, here are the window treatment options we typically recommend for casement windows.
There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is connected to the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be fit to match the direction your window works. That ability also makes sure that your shutters don’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or on top of them so the depth of your window isn’t an issue.
Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about hanging 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 want to circulate a lot of fresh air into your home, 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 perfect level of fresh air and light. That level of control is only offered by plantation shutters.
A more basic option than shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an attractive framing to your window, without blocking the swinging opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no need to consider which direction the window swings or how deep its jamb is. Shades can simply be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain free.
Both cellular shades and roman shades look stylish on casement windows while giving you great light control.
Other Casement Window Treatments
As we’ve said, casement windows can differ in some ways, so there may be other window coverings that function just as well for your home. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Southern CA at 888-611-2474
today to set up a free window design consultation.