Casement windows in a bedroom

Breaking Down Casement Window Treatments in Sacramento

January 14, 2017

Choosing the perfect window coverings for Sacramento homeowners is one of the best parts of working in home design and fashion. And few types of windows present the same design obstacle as casement windows do. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and so they swing in and out to operate.

Because they work in a different way from most other windows, they require a somewhat unique approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose an ideal casement window treatment.

Priorities for Casement Window Treatments

When picking a window treatment for your swinging window, be sure to keep these priorities in mind.

  • Ease of use - No matter if your casement window opens and closes by a crank or lever, you should be able to easily open and close it without the annoyance of a window treatment getting in the way.

  • Ability to fit your window depth - Different casement windows will have varying depths between the wall and the window, meaning some window coverings may be too deep for the space.

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, almost all casement windows are able to open all the way. That range of light control will let you achieve an ideal amount of light without sacrificing the effective ventilation that casements add.

Recommended Casement Window Treatments

So what’s the ideal window covering for Sacramento casement windows? Because there can be some differences between individual casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and beyond), it’s best to set up an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your unique ideal fit.

That being said, here are the window treatment options we typically recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is connected to the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be fit to match how your window opens. That ability also ensures that your shutters don’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or off of them so the depth of your window isn’t a problem.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a tropical house. 

Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. What’s more, you never have to worry about dangling fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open.

Finally, shutters open up a whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your house, 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 amount of control is only offered by plantation shutters.


A more basic option compared to shutters, shades offer chic looks and an attractive framing to your window, without getting in the way of the unique opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no need to consider what direction the window opens or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay unobstructed.

Roman shades in Sacramento rec room with green walls.

Roman shades and cellular shades both look stylish on casement windows while offering great light control.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve said, casement windows can differ in a few ways, so there can be other window treatments that work just as well for your house. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Sacramento at 916-250-0758 today to schedule up your free in-home design consultation.