Cleveland Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

Nate Gromen

Specialty window types are often some of the most visually striking hallmarks of houses in Cleveland - and one of the most attention-drawing examples of those specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the interior or exterior, bay windows offer a feeling of comfort and fashion all at the same time - that is, if they’re partnered with a great window treatment.

But how does one decide which window covering to select? Just like other specialty windows, bay windows have individual factors to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Cleveland will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and then offer our suggestions for the best choices for your Cleveland bay windows.

White shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Bay Window Treatments

  • Complement your bay window - A badly-chosen, generic window covering can hide the beauty of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that enhances your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control over temperature and light levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of light and heat from outside. You need a window treatment that will keep your space comfy and allows for climate control.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to accentuate your bay window’s shape, it should also let you control how much you can see out your window, and how much people outside can see inside.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds typically hinder the glamour of uniquely-shaped windows, making them look rather generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling light levels as well as temperature.

  • Drapes - Similar to blinds, drapes negatively impact the aesthetic of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their main features. Control over brightness can also be an “all or nothing” choice when you go with drapes.

  • Nothing - Some homeowners think they should keep their bay window uncovered. The single upside to going without a window treatment is increased visibility, but doing so reduces your options for control of light and energy, and will let people passing by get an easy view inside the home at all hours.

Recommendations For Cleveland Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical cellular shades in parlour bow window. 

Stylish, wallet-friendly, and easy to operate, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why we recommend them for bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades can be purchased in a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and come with a top-down, bottom-up system that allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, meaning you can get fantastic visibility while allowing for control of light levels.

Our cellular shades are also available in a wide range of transparencies, from solid to sheer, so a lack of privacy is not a concern. Also, unlike different kinds of shades, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the sides or along the top of your window when opened, because they collapse so effectively. That way you can preserve the elegant look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half-length plantation shutters in family room bay window.

As with cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Cleveland homeowners the chance to showcase their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by offering even better control of light and visibility due to their adjustable louvers. And because they’re custom-built for your windows, you can benefit from even greater freedom in how you add to their looks with full or half length shutters.

Due to the fact that bay windows are usually some of the largest windows in your home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a massive draw. Polywood shutters can restrict nearly 30 degrees of temperature flow in your space when used correctly, which means that a cozy home is a simple tilt away.

For that timeless wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters surpass all similar shutters, being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to complement the wood frame around your bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Cleveland!

You’re keeping your house from looking its best if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Cleveland help your windows reach new heights with our professional experience. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Cleveland team today by calling 440-561-6787 to schedule your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and have product samples brought right to your house!