Choosing Casement Window Treatments in Boston01/14/2017Holly Perron Choosing the perfect window covering solution for Boston 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. As opposed to typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and thus swing in and out to open and close. Since they operate in a different way from most other windows, they require a somewhat unique approach when looking for a window treatment. Let’s break down how to find an ideal casement window treatment. Casement Window Treatment Priorities When selecting a window treatment for your swinging window, be sure to keep these priorities in mind. Ease of operation - 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 the depth of your window - Various casement windows will have varying depths between your wall and the window itself, so some window treatments may not fit the space. Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open partway, nearly all casement windows are able to open all the way. That range of light control will allow you get a perfect amount of light without sacrificing the effective ventilation that casements give you. The Best Casement Window Treatments So which is the right window treatment for Boston casement windows? Because there can be some variation 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 own best fit. Knowing that, 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 your casement is connected to the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be customized to match how your window operated. That ability also makes certain that the shutter won’t block the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or off of them so your window depth isn’t an issue. Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about suspended fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open. Lastly, shutters open up a whole new 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. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can get the best of both worlds. That level of control is only offered by plantation shutters. Shades A more minimal option relative to shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the unique opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no reason to consider which 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 stay clear. Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stylish on casement windows while giving you great light control. Other Window Treatments For Casements As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in some ways, so there can be other window treatments that work just as well for your space. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Boston at 781-352-2205 today to schedule up your free window design consultation.