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Sacramento Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Each Sacramento home is unique, every one with its own aesthetic and individual needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Sacramento home are unique too. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and affect which window treatment fits them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is typically the most important for finding your ideal window treatment. These are our recommendations for window treatments to match the specialty window varieties found in Sacramento houses.

Window Treatments for Sidelight Windows

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are the tall, thin windows typically found on either side of the front door in many homes. Getting the best window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your house, as most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from your mailman to guests to door-to-door salesmen–will see them up close, which makes a great window treatment all the more important to make sure you keep your privacy.

Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and unrivaled privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, 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 back decks or patios. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Sacramento homeowners have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they would do best with a durable window treatment that will still let you control how much light you let come through the window.

Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they can be installed directly onto the window frame and are extremely damage-resistant, shutters are the perfect window treatment for French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Sacramento bathroom 

Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows there are in Sacramento homes. With their unique geometry, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a rectangular window treatment like blinds or curtains. Rather, go with a window treatment that can be custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so your home will reap the benefits of your octagonal window.

Our recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are customized to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and appeal. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.

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Window Treatments for Wide Windows

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows with a width greater than 4feet. That covers full wall windows that stretch beyond what standard window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Sacramento homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will protect their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows usually allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, as there’s a lot of space that they’ll have to cover.

Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works great with wide windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with wide fabric panels that move across a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a tad better energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your perfect solution.

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Window Treatments for Angled & Rake Windows

Angled window with plantation shutters

Rake or angled windows are appearing more and more in contemporary home design. An issue with rake window treatments, similar to octagonal windows, is finding one that matches your window’s unique shape. Bear in mind as well that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t need to open and shut often is oftentimes best for angled windows.

Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - perfect for windows in hard to reach places.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to withstand all the action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let energy pass through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can decrease energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Either one can make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also give you a range of styles and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters can be installed in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering on the market.

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Bay Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, and thus need some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Sacramento homeowners should consider window treatments that complement a bay window’s eye-catching layout, protect your privacy, and look gorgeous in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a number of window treatments that can do it all.

Our recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both cellular and roman shades work well with bay windows as each shade can cover an individual pane, giving you some flexibility in how much surface area you need to cover. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more adaptability in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.

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High Ceiling and Tall Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on tall windows

No matter their shape or style, windows that are close to your ceiling can be a hassle to treat. In many cases, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. That means that Sacramento homeowners with taller windows might want to opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or open and close from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block outside light from coming through.

Our recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open or shut with the quick flip of a switch, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters most homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and rarely if ever move them from that spot. Both choices solve the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows that are usually positioned above other, usually square windows. As a result of their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do in regards to finding your perfect window treatment.

Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades hide the unique shape and any long window treatment may cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window underneath it. Because shutters are able to be custom-built to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re by far the best option for this window shape. 

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Window Treatments for Casement Windows

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows aren’t like most windows. Casement windows are hinged on a side, and open and close by swinging in and out, usually by crank or lever. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casements need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Sacramento?

Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for the crank or lever–which lets you open and shut your window without any hassle. Both Roman and cellular shades can also work well on casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and shut it.

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Get More Sacramento Window Treatment Recommendations

There may be more to consider than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Sacramento. Check out our top picks for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person recommendations by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 916-665-0078 now.