Boise Bay Windows Deserve Perfect Window Treatments

Spencer Madsen

Specialty window types are typically the most visually striking features of houses in Boise - and one of the most eye-catching types of those specialty windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows give a feeling of comfort and fashion all at once - granted that they’re partnered with the perfect window treatment.

But how does one know which window treatment to select? Just like other unique window types, bay windows have individual considerations to take into account. Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Boise bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Enhance your bay window - A badly-chosen, dull window covering can mask the style of a bay window. Opt for a treatment that complements your bay window’s eye-catching shape.

  • Control of temperature and light levels - Bay windows usually let in a lot of light and heat from the sun. Select a window treatment that makes your house comfy and allows you to control the climate.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment needs to accentuate your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how clearly you can see outside your home, and how clearly people outside are able to see inside.

The Least Recommended For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically diminish the glamour of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also underwhelm in controlling for light as well as temperature.

  • Drapes - Similar to blinds, drapes hurt the visual appeal of bay windows by covering up their unique geometry, which is one of their central features. Control over brightness can also be ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - A few homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The only reason for not installing a window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so limits your options for control of light and energy, and can let passersby get a clear look inside your home at all hours.

Top Picks For Boise Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Brown honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Fashionable, budget-friendly, and simple to use, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades can be purchased in a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and come with a top-down/bottom-up system that lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get your perfect view while maintaining light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a wide range of opacities, from slightly see-through to opaque, so a lack of privacy is never a problem. In addition, unlike some other shades, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the sides or at the top of your window when open, because they fold in so easily. That makes it so you can keep the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t being used.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Half-length plantation shutters in living room bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Boise homeowners the ability to showcase their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by granting you even more effective light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And because they’re custom-made for your windows, you can benefit from even greater flexibility in how you accentuate their style with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Because bay windows are usually some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive allure. Polywood shutters can stop close to 30° of air flow in your home if used correctly, which means that a cozy space is just a tilt away.

For that classic wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters exceed all other wood shutters, being the only 5-star rated wood shutter currently available. Ovation shutters can also accentuate the wood border around your bay windows.

Treat Your Bay Windows Right, Boise!

You’re doing your home a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions help your windows soar with our professional know-how. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions team today by calling 208-609-9129 to schedule your free in-home window treatment consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your home!