Choosing Casement Window Treatments in Charlotte01/14/2017Neil Blackwelder Choosing the perfect window covering solution for Charlotte homes is probably the best part of working in home design and fashion. And few types of windows offer the same design challenge as do casement windows. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and thus swing in or out to open and shut. Because they work differently from most other windows, they need a somewhat different approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose a great casement window treatment. Casement Window Treatment Priorities When choosing a window treatment for your casement window, try to keep these priorities in mind. Ease of use - Whether your casement window opens and shuts via crank or lever, you should be able to easily open and shut it without the trouble of a window treatment blocking you. 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 partway, nearly all casement windows are able to open all the way. A large range of light control will allow you achieve an ideal amount of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements add. The Best Casement Window Coverings So what’s our recommended window treatment for Charlotte casement windows? Because there can be some variation between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and beyond), it’s good to schedule 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 usually recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is hinged at the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match the direction your window operated. That ability also makes sure that your shutters 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 problem. Shutters can be installed around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, you never have to worry about dangling fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open. Finally, shutters let you into a huge world of coverage options for your window. Say you wish to circulate a lot of fresh air into your room, but don’t want a lot of light. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers nearly shut so that you can get the best of both worlds. That level of control is only offered by plantation shutters. Shades A less sophisticated option than shutters, shades offer chic looks and an attractive framing to your window, without blocking the casement opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no need to worry about what direction the window is hinged or how deep its jamb is. Shades can easily be pulled up when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain unobstructed. Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stellar on casement windows while offering great coverage. Other Window Treatments For Casements As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in multiple ways, so there can be other window treatments that fit just as well for your house. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Charlotte at 980-231-1116 today to set up a free window design consultation.