Finding the perfect window treatments for Fort Lauderdale 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 do casement windows. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in and out to operate.
Because they operate in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they need a somewhat different approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose an ideal casement window treatment.
Casement Window Treatment Priorities
When selecting a window covering for your swinging window, try to keep these priorities in mind.
Ease of use - Whether your casement window operates via lever, cam handle, or crank, you should be able to easily open and shut your window without the annoyance of a window treatment getting in the way.
Fitting your window depth - Different casement windows may have varying depths between your wall and the window, which means some window treatments may be too deep for the space.
Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open partially, just about all casement windows will be able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will let you achieve a perfect level of light without forfeiting the great ventilation that casements give you.
The Best Casement Window Treatments
So what’s our recommended window covering for Fort Lauderdale casement windows? Since there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so forth), it’s good to have an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your home’s best fit.
Knowing that, here are the window treatment options we most highly recommend for casement windows.
You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is hinged at the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be fit to match how your window opens. That ability also makes certain that the shutter don’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or attached above them so the depth of your window isn’t a factor.
Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about hanging fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open.
Lastly, shutters let you into a huge 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 slightly open so that you can get the best of both worlds. That level of control is only achievable with plantation shutters.
A less sophisticated option relative to shutters, shades offer chic looks and an effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the swinging opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no need to consider what direction the window swings or how deep its jamb is. Shades can simply be pulled to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain free.
Roman shades and cellular shades both look stellar on casement windows while providing great light control.
Other Window Treatments For Casements
As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in a few ways, so there may be other window treatments that fit just as well for your space. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale at 561-440-8535
today to set up a free in-home design consultation.