Examining Casement Window Treatments in Kingsport01/14/2017Jacob Hayes Choosing the perfect window covering solution for Kingsport homes is probably our favorite part of working in interior design and fashion. And few types of windows present the same design obstacle as do casement windows. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and thus swing in or out to open and close. Since they operate in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they need a slightly different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to choose a great casement window treatment. Casement Window Treatment Priorities When choosing a window covering for your casement window, keep these items in mind. Ease of use - No matter if your casement window operates via lever, cam handle, or crank, you should be able to easily open and close your window without the trouble of a window treatment blocking you. Fitting the depth of your window - Different casement windows will have differing depths between the wall and the window, meaning some window treatments may not fit the space. Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, nearly all casement windows will be able to open all the way. A large range of light control will allow you achieve a perfect amount of light without sacrificing the effective ventilation that casements add. The Best Casement Window Treatment Options So what’s the right window treatment for Kingsport casement windows? Since there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, etc), it’s best to have an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your home’s best fit. That being said, here are the window treatment options we usually recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters You absolutely can’t go 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 fit to match the direction your window operated. That also ensures that the shutter don’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, 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. What’s more, you won’t have to worry about hanging fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open. Finally, shutters let you into a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your room, but want to keep the light level low. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can get the best of both worlds. That amount of control is only achievable with plantation shutters. Shades A more basic option relative to shutters, shades offer chic looks and an effective framing to your window, without blocking the casement opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no need to fret about which direction the window swings or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain unobstructed. Both cellular shades and roman shades look stellar on casement windows while giving you great light control. Other Casement Window Treatments As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can differ in multiple ways, so there might be other window treatments that work just as well for your house. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Kingsport at 276-685-5343 today to schedule up your free window design consultation.