Casement windows in a bedroom

Breaking Down Casement Window Treatments in Detroit

January 14, 2017

Choosing the perfect window treatment solution for Detroit homes is probably our favorite part of working in interior design and fashion. And few kinds of windows come with the same design challenge as do casement windows. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or multiple sides, and so they swing in and out to open and close.

Because they work in a different way from most other windows, they need a slightly unique approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose your perfect casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When choosing a window covering for your swinging window, keep these priorities in mind.

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

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

  • Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open halfway, almost all casement windows are able to open all the way. A large range of light control will allow you get an ideal level of light without forfeiting the great ventilation that casements give you.

Recommended Casement Window Treatments

So which is the right window covering for Detroit 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 match you with your home’s best fit.

Knowing that, these are the window treatment options we typically recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is connected to the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match the way in which your window works. That also makes certain that the shutter won’t block the opening mechanism, whether it’s by handle or crank, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or off of them so your window depth isn’t a factor.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a tropical home. 

Shutters can be put in around the opening of the window to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Furthermore, you never have to worry about dangling material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open.

Lastly, shutters let you into a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your space, but want to keep the light level low. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your ideal brightness and circulation. That amount of control is only possible with plantation shutters.


A more basic option compared to shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an attractive framing to your window, without blocking the unique opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no reason to worry about the direction the window swings or the window depth. Shades can easily be pulled to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay undisturbed.

Roman shades in Detroit pool room with green walls.

Both cellular shades and roman shades look stylish on casement windows while providing great light control.

Other Window Treatments For Casements

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can differ in a couple ways, so there might be other window treatments that work just as well for your space. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Detroit at 248-429-9294 today to schedule up a free window design consultation.