Detroit Bay Windows Deserve Stunning Window Treatments

Steve Hill

Specialty window types can be the most visually striking features of houses in Detroit - and one of the most attention-drawing types of those specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the inside or outside, bay windows grant a look of coziness and fashion all at the same time - that is, if they’re combined with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one know which window covering to choose? Just like other specialty window types, bay windows have specific features to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Detroit will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the top picks for your Detroit bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, dull window covering may hide the style of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that complements your bay window’s distinctive shape.

  • Control over light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of light and heat from the sun. You need a window treatment that will make your home comfortable and allows for climate control.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment needs to enhance your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how well you’re able to see outside your home, and how clearly those on the outside can see in.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds usually diminish the charm of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling light levels as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - Like blinds, drapes hurt the visual appeal of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their primary appeals. Control over brightness is also an “all or nothing” choice with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners think it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The single upside to not installing a window treatment is increased visibility, but doing so limits your control over light and heat, and can let people outside your window get a clear view inside the home at all times.

The Best Choices For Detroit Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Adjustable cellular shades in living room bow window. 

Stylish, wallet-friendly, and a breeze to use, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades can be purchased in different 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 your perfect view while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is not a concern. In addition, unlike some other shades, cellular shades never bunch up at the top or at the side of the window when opened, because they fold in so effectively. That way you’re able to maintain the classy look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t being used.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half-length white shutters in den bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Detroit homeowners the opportunity to show off their bay windows’ looks while reaping the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters go above and beyond cellular shades though, by offering even higher levels of control of light and visibility with their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-built for your windows, you can have even greater flexibility in how you complement their looks with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Since bay windows are typically some of the largest windows in your home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a huge draw. Polywood shutters can block up to 30° of air flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your house is a quick tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters surpass all of the competition, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to complement the wood frame around bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, Detroit!

You might be doing your house a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Detroit help your interior design reach new heights with our professional know-how. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Detroit team today by calling 248-429-9294 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your home!