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San Diego Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every San Diego home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your San Diego home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will vary and influence which window treatment fits them best.

But more than any other factor, the style of window may be the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to match the unique window varieties found in San Diego homes.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are the long, thin windows found on the sides of the front door in many homes. Picking a great window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, as most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from the postman to guests to traveling salesmen–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment that much more important to ensure you maintain your privacy.

What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for long, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or back yards. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels San Diego residents have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot, so they should have a resilient window treatment that will still let you control how much light you let into your home.

What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they’re installed directly onto the window and are very damage-resistant, shutters are the perfect solution for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.

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Window Treatments for Octagonal Windows

Octagon window in a San Diego bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows we see in San Diego homes. With their special shape, you would be remiss to mask them with a run-of-the-mill window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, go with a window treatment that you can customized to the window’s unique geometry so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagonal window.

What we recommend for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window pane, maintaining the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.

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Wide Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This includes full wall windows that stretch way beyond what normal window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, San Diego homeowners need to think about how effectively a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be simple to use, since there’s a lot of space that they have to cover.

What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works well with especially wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide panels of fabric that move on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a tad better privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters could be your perfect solution.

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Window Treatments for Angled & Rake Windows

Angled window with plantation shutters

Rake or angled windows are popping up a lot more in contemporary home design. An issue with rake window treatments, like with octagon windows, is finding one that fits your unique window shape. Bear in mind as well that several angled windows are in places that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and close often is usually best for angled windows.

What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can often be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.

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Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Like with french doors, the window treatment you choose for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to stand up to the frequent usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.

What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you an array of styles and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters are available in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window treatment.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, concave layout, and wide view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. San Diego homeowners should focus on window treatments that match a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, offer privacy, and look gorgeous in your living or family room. Fortunately, there are a few window treatments that can do it all.

What we recommend for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work great with bay windows since each shade covers an individual pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you want to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more adaptability in window coverage with adjustable louvers.

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Tall & High Ceiling Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on tall windows

No matter their shape or style, windows that are located close to your ceiling can be a hassle to treat. Normally, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. So homeowners in San Diego with high ceiling windows might want to choose a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or operate from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from pouring in.

What we recommend for tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can operate with the easy push of a button, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to tilt the louvers to a single ideal position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both choices tackle the biggest problem of tall windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those arched windows that are almost always found above other, usually rectangular windows. Because of their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that no other windows do in regards to choosing the perfect window treatment.

What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades obscure the interesting shape and any lengthy window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters can be custom-made to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re definitely the best option for this window shape. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are unlike most windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, typically by a lever or crank. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casements need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in San Diego?

What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window without any hassle. Both Roman and cellular shades will also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to work around the fabric when you want to open or shut the window.

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Get More San Diego Window Treatment Tips

There is always more to think about than just the window style when shopping for window treatments in San Diego. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal help by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 760-405-8887 today.