Exploring Casement Window Treatments in Colorado Springs01/14/2017Gary Harding Choosing the perfect window coverings for Colorado Springs homes is one of the best parts of working in home design and fashion. And few styles of windows offer the same design obstacle as casement windows do. As opposed to typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in and out to open and close. Since they open in a different way from most other windows, they require a somewhat unique approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find an ideal casement window treatment. Casement Window Treatment Priorities When selecting a window covering for your casement window, keep these thoughts in mind. Ease of operation - No matter if your casement window opens and closes via lever, cam handle, or crank, you need to be able to easily open and close your window without the hassle of a window treatment blocking you. Fitting your window depth - Different casement windows will have differing depths between the wall and the window, which means some window treatments may be too deep for the space. Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open halfway, just about all casement windows are able to open all the way. A large range of light control will allow you achieve an ideal level of light without sacrificing the great ventilation that casements add. Recommended Casement Window Coverings So what’s the best window covering for Colorado Springs casement windows? Because there can be some differences between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so on), it’s a good idea to schedule 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 usually recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters 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 customized to match how your window works. That also ensures that your shutters don’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or on top of them so the depth of your window isn’t an issue. Shutters can be installed around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about suspended fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you need your window open. Lastly, shutters let you into a whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you wish to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your room, but want to keep the light level low. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers nearly shut so that you can your perfect level of fresh air and light. That amount of control is only achievable with plantation shutters. Shades A more basic option relative to shutters, shades offer chic looks and an attractive framing to your window, without blocking the casement opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no need to consider what direction the window is hinged or the window depth. Shades can easily be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain clear. Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stellar on casement windows while providing 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 coverings that fit just as well for your house. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs at 303-625-6431 today to set up your free window design consultation.