Casement windows in a bedroom

Choosing Casement Window Treatments in Salt Lake City

January 14, 2017

Finding the perfect window treatment solution for Salt Lake City homes is probably the most enjoyable part of working in interior design and fashion. And few types of windows come with the same design challenge as do casement windows. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and so they swing in or out to open and shut.

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

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

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

  • Ease of use - Whether your casement window operates via crank or lever, you should be able to easily open and shut your window without the trouble of a window treatment getting in the way.

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

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

Recommended Casement Window Treatment Options

So what’s the best window covering for Salt Lake City casement windows? Since there can be some differences between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so forth), it’s a good idea to set up 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 typically recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement swings from the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match the direction your window operated. That also makes sure that your shutters won’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 an issue.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a oceanfront house. 

Shutters can be put in around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about suspended material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open.

Finally, shutters open up a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your room, but don’t want a lot of light. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers nearly shut 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 effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the swinging opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no need to consider the direction the window swings or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay unobstructed.

Roman shades in Salt Lake City game room with green walls.

Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stylish on casement windows while offering great coverage.

Other Window Treatments For Casements

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can differ in a couple ways, so there can be other window coverings that fit just as well for your space. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City at 801-515-3598 today to set up a free window design consultation.