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Choosing Casement Window Treatments in San Diego

January 14, 2017

Discovering the perfect window covering solution for San Diego homeowners is one of our favorite parts of working in interior design and fashion. And few kinds of windows offer the same design challenge as do casement windows. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and thus swing in or out to operate.

Since they work in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they necessitate a somewhat different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find a great casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When selecting a window covering for your swinging window, 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 your window without the trouble of a window treatment getting in the way.

  • Fitting your window depth - Various casement windows may have differing depths between your wall and the window, which means some window treatments may not fit the space.

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partially, nearly all casement windows will be able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will allow you get a perfect amount of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements add.

The Best Casement Window Coverings

So what’s the best window treatment for San Diego casement windows? Because there can be some differences between individual 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.

That being said, these are the window treatment options we generally recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement swings from the top (called 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 ensures that the shutter won’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or off of them so the depth of your window isn’t a factor.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a beachfront home. 

Shutters can be put in around the opening of the window to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about dangling material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you need your window open.

Lastly, shutters let you into a huge world of coverage options for your window. Say you want to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your house, but want to keep the light level low. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your perfect level of fresh air and light. That level of control is only possible with plantation shutters.


A more minimal option than shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an effective framing to your window, without blocking the casement opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no need to fret about which direction the window is hinged or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay clear.

Roman shades in San Diego rec room with green walls.

Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stylish on casement windows while providing great coverage.

Other Window Treatments For Casements

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can differ in some ways, so there might be other window treatments that fit just as well for your space. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters San Diego at 760-405-8887 today to set up your free in-home design consultation.