Casement windows in a bedroom

Examining Casement Window Treatments in New Brunswick

January 14, 2017

Choosing the perfect window treatments for New Brunswick homes is probably the most enjoyable part of working in home design and fashion. And few kinds of windows present the same design obstacle as casement windows do. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in or out to operate.

Because they operate in a different way from most other windows, they necessitate a somewhat unique approach when looking for a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to choose your perfect casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When choosing a window covering for your swinging window, keep these priorities in mind.

  • Ease of operation - No matter if your casement window opens and shuts via lever, cam handle, or crank, you should be able to easily open and close your window without the hassle of a window treatment getting in the way.

  • Ability to fit the depth of your window - Different casement windows may have differing depths between the wall and the window itself, meaning some window coverings 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. A large range of light control will let you get a perfect amount of light without sacrificing the great ventilation that casements add.

Recommended Casement Window Treatments

So which is the best window covering for New Brunswick casement windows? Because there can be some variation between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so forth), it’s good to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your unique ideal fit.

Knowing that, these 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 (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be customized to match how your window operated. That ability also ensures that your shutters won’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or on top of them so your window depth isn’t a factor.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a oceanfront house. 

Shutters can be installed around the opening of the window to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. Moreover, you never have to worry about dangling material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open.

Finally, 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 space, but don’t want a lot of light. Simply 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 offered by plantation shutters.

Shades

A more minimal option than shutters, shades offer chic looks and an effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the unique opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no reason to consider which direction the window opens or how deep its jamb is. Shades can easily be pulled to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay unobstructed.

Roman shades in New Brunswick pool room with green walls.

Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stellar on casement windows while giving you great coverage.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can differ in a couple ways, so there can be other window coverings that function just as well for your home. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick at 732-301-6168 today to set up your free in-home design consultation.
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