Casement windows in a bedroom

Examining Casement Window Treatments in Cleveland

January 14, 2017

Choosing the perfect window coverings for Cleveland homeowners is probably our favorite part of working in interior design and fashion. And few kinds of windows offer the same design obstacle as casement windows do. Unlike typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in and out to operate.

Because they operate in a different way from most other windows, they require a slightly unique approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find your perfect casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When picking a window treatment for your swinging window, keep these items 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.

  • Fitting your window depth - Different casement windows may have differing depths between the wall and the window, so some window treatments may be too deep for the space.

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partially, nearly all casement windows are able to open all the way. That range of light control will allow you get an ideal level of light without forfeiting the great ventilation that casements offer.

The Best Casement Window Coverings

So which is the ideal window covering for Cleveland casement windows? Because there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so on), it’s a good idea to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your unique ideal fit.

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

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is connected to the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be fit to match how your window works. That ability also ensures that your shutters won’t block the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or attached above them so your window depth isn’t a problem.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a tropical home. 

Shutters can be installed around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about hanging material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open.

Finally, shutters open up a whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you wish to circulate a lot of fresh air into your home, but don’t want a lot of light. 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 achievable with plantation shutters.


A more basic option relative to shutters, shades offer chic looks and an attractive framing to your window, without obstructing the swinging opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no need to worry about what direction the window swings or how deep its jamb is. Shades can easily be pulled to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain unobstructed.

Roman shades in Cleveland pool room with green walls.

Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stellar 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 may be other window coverings that function just as well for your home. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Cleveland at 440-561-6787 today to schedule up a free in-home design consultation.