Choosing Casement Window Treatments in Miami01/14/2017David White Finding the perfect window treatments for Miami homes is probably our favorite part of working in home design and fashion. And few kinds of windows present the same design challenge as do casement windows. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or more sides, and so they swing in and out to open and close. Because they work differently from most other windows, they require a slightly unique approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose your perfect casement window treatment. Casement Window Treatment Priorities When picking a window covering for your swinging window, try to keep these qualities in mind. Ease of operation - Whether your casement window operates via lever, cam handle, or crank, you should be able to easily open and close it without the annoyance of a window treatment getting in the way. Fitting your window depth - Individual casement windows will have varying depths between your wall and the window itself, so some window treatments may be too deep for the space. Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open partway, nearly all casement windows will be able to open all the way. That range of light control will let you get a perfect amount of light without sacrificing the effective ventilation that casements give you. The Best Casement Window Treatments So what’s our recommended window treatment for Miami casement windows? Since there can be some variation between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and beyond), it’s a good idea to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your unique ideal fit. That being said, here are the window treatment options we most highly recommend for casement windows. Plantation Shutters You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is hinged at the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be customized to match the way in which your window works. That also makes sure that the shutter don’t block the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or attached above them so the depth of your window isn’t a problem. Shutters can be installed around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, 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 open up a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your space, 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 possible with plantation shutters. Shades A more basic option than shutters, shades offer chic looks and an effective framing to your window, without blocking the swinging opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no need to worry about the direction the window swings or how deep its jamb is. Shades can easily be drawn to the top 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 coverage. Other Window Treatments For Casements As we’ve said, casement windows can differ in multiple ways, so there can be other window coverings that function just as well for your house. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Miami at 305-520-7515 today to set up your free window design consultation.