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The Most Popular Basement Window Treatments In Southern California

April 26, 2016

It’s common for homeowners to put off or even forget to put window treatments on their basement windows. It’s hard to find a window treatment in Southern California that brings in the light this part of your house desperately needs, while giving you privacy. And if your windows are tiny, finding a window treatment that will blend with your room becomes an even bigger challenge. Plus, basements are known for higher than average humidity, which greatly affects what kind of window treatment you buy.

The simplest way to decide on which kind of window treatment works best for your basement in Southern California is to start with your home’s type of basement.

Window Treatments For Walk-Out Basements In Southern California

If you have a walk-out basement in Southern California, you don’t have to be concerned as much about dampness and mold when choosing window treatments. But you do need to look for a window treatment for your windows that gives you control over light and gives you more privacy, especially if your big screen TV is in your basement.

Draperies can give you privacy. If you choose sturdier material and add blackout layers, they can even block out most of the light. But draperies hide the original architecture of your basement windows that’s behind them. Also, they can get dirty easily and stay dirty. You have less control over light with draperies since your only option is to scoot the panels one way or the other. Light can still come in through the sides of the window treatment.


Remain in control of your basement windows with plantation shutters. The shutter’s frame enclose the shutter panels to block light from coming through the sides. So now you have complete privacy. No one can see in when you close your shutters.

You can tilt the shutter louvers to bring in more light. You can even add a divider rail and operate the top of the basement window shutters independently from the bottom. And premium plantation shutters have weatherstripping that offers the temperature control larger windows need.

Plantation shutters are custom-built to fit to your window’s shape. So your shutters bring out the angles and curves of your circular and arched windows.

Sliding barn doors are another option for walk-out basements. You can take advantage of the view outside by pushing the panels to the edges of the window. The barn doors turn into a work of art when they’re closed, adding to the room’s style.

Sometimes there’s a slight gap on the sides, and light can shine through. That’s because of the way the barn door is mounted.

For your walk-out basement door, you’ll need a sturdy window treatment that can handle the door’s constant opening and closing. Store-bought and mail-order Shades and blinds rattle when they hit the glass. And when they’re tied to the frame, they don’t look finished. But custom, made-to-order blinds — especially faux-wood blinds — that are expertly sized and properly installed can work quite nicely.

Faux wood basement window blinds next to a bookshelf 
Plantation shutters are permanently fixed to the door. When you swing the door open, they don’t budge. Plus, you can tilt the louvers to control the light.

Shutters are also perfect for walk-up basement doors in Southern California.

Window Treatments For Look-Out Basements In Southern California

Shutters on basement bathroom window

We have another blog about how to choose window fashions for humid-heavy rooms here. For look-out basements in Southern California, the possibility of mold growth and dampness is something to consider when deciding on a window treatment. You’ll want a window treatment that goes with your décor and can handle humidity.

Premium wood and synthetic wood shutters can be moisture resistant. Certain plantation shutters won’t warp. And that’s exactly what you need in your look-out basement.

Plantation shutters bring the warmth of wood to this colder part of the house. These energy efficient shutters decrease your energy bill the whole year and make spending time in this space a welcome experience.

Combine window film and plantation shutters for increased energy efficiency. Now, you can open the shutter panels when the sun is shining while taking advantage of the benefits of window film.

Most people will want to close the shutters during the night. Otherwise, people can look into your basement.

If you have small basement windows, you can install shutters that are higher than the window. This creates the illusion of a bigger window. And you won’t lose your control over privacy and light.

What’s The Simplest Way To Order Window Treatments For My Basement In Southern California?

First, call us at 888-611-2474. We’ll go over the process of buying basement window treatments and any other window treatments you need for other rooms in your house. You can schedule a free in-home consultation so you can look at product samples and get a quote. Once you’ve decided on the window treatment that works best for you, we order and install it. Finding the right window treatment doesn’t get easier than this...unless you want to fill out the form below instead of dialing 888-611-2474.