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Cleveland Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Each Cleveland home is unique, every one with its own aesthetic and individual needs. Likewise, each of the windows in your Cleveland home are unique as well. Their size, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and affect the style of window treatment that fits them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is often the most important for finding your ideal window treatment. Here are our picks for window treatments to fit the specialty window varieties found in Cleveland homes.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows typically found on either side of the front door in several homes. Picking the best window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly 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 postman to guests to traveling salesmen–will see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a sidelight window treatment that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.

The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and unrivaled privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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French Door Window Treatments

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a common sight opening up to patios or decks. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Cleveland homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot throughout the day, so they need a resilient window treatment that still lets you control how much light you let come through the window.

The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re able to be installed directly onto the window frame and are extremely sturdy, 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 Cleveland bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most interesting and visually striking windows there are in Cleveland homes. With their unique geometry, you would be careless to cover them up with a standard shaped window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, pick a window treatment that you can custom-built to the window’s unique shape so your home will get the benefits of your octagonal window.

The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, preserving its unique shape and looks. 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 talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. That encompasses full wall windows that stretch far beyond what normal window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Cleveland homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows usually allow. Finally, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of space that they’ll need to cover.

The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their subdued look works well with wider windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large fabric panels that move along a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little better energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if a cool home 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 a lot more in contemporary home design. The problem with rake window treatments, similar to octagon 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 places, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t have to open and close often is often best for rake windows.

The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being completely customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can typically be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - awesome for windows that are hard to reach.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Like with french doors, the window treatment you get for your sliding glass door needs to let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be durable and able to stand up to all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let energy pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can block heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Shutters and panel tracks both make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you a range of patterns and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. Plantation shutters can be installed in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment on the market.

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Bay Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The tall panes, convex layout, and broad view offered by bay windows are distinct from any other window, so they need some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. Cleveland 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. Luckily, there are a couple of window treatments that can do it all.

The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both cellular and roman shades function well with bay windows since each shade can cover an individual pane, granting you a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you need to cover. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable 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 near your ceiling can be hard to put window treatments on. In many cases, the window tops are beyond your reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. That means that homeowners in Cleveland with taller windows might want to go with a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or open and close from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment could also effectively block outside light from coming through.

The Sunburst recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the easy flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. Alternatively, with plantation shutters several homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever reposition the louvers. Both options address the biggest problem of tall windows!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those arched windows that are almost always found above other, usually rectangular windows. Because of their position and curved shape, eyebrow windows face some challenges that few other windows do in regards to choosing the perfect window treatment.

The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious disadvantages when put on eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades hide the interesting shape and a lengthy window treatment may cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window underneath it. Because shutters are custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re by far the best option for this window shape. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows aren’t like the majority of windows. Casement windows have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, typically by crank or lever. Because of this unique operating mechanism, casements need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still offer privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Cleveland?

The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built to make room for the crank or lever–which lets you open and shut your window effortlessly. Both Roman and cellular shades will also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to work around the shade when you want to open or shut it.

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Find More Cleveland Window Treatment Recommendations

There may be more to consider than just the window style when searching for window treatments in Cleveland. Take a peek at our choices for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 440-561-6787 today.