Casement windows in a bedroom

Breaking Down Casement Window Treatments in Boise

January 14, 2017

Finding the perfect window treatment solution for Boise homeowners is probably the most enjoyable part of working in interior design and fashion. And few kinds of windows offer the same design obstacle as do casement windows. As opposed to typical sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and so they swing in and out to operate.

Since they operate in a different way from most other windows, they need a slightly different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find an ideal casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When picking a window covering for your swinging window, try to keep these priorities in mind.

  • Ease of operation - No matter if your casement window opens via crank or lever, you need to be able to easily open and close it without the trouble of a window treatment blocking you.

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

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, almost all casement windows are able to open all the way. A large range of light control will allow you achieve an ideal level of light without giving up the great ventilation that casements offer.

Recommended Casement Window Treatments

So what’s our recommended window treatment for Boise casement windows? Because there can be some variation between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and beyond), 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 a casement is connected to the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-built to match the direction your window operated. That customization also makes sure that your shutters don’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or off of them so your window depth isn’t a problem.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a tropical home. 

Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. As a bonus, you never have to worry about suspended material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open.

Finally, shutters let you into a huge world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your room, but don’t want a lot of light. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers nearly shut so that you can get the best of both worlds. That level of control is only achievable with plantation shutters.


A less sophisticated option compared to shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an attractive framing to your window, without getting in the way of the casement opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no need to fret about the direction the window swings or the window depth. Shades can easily be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay unobstructed.

Roman shades in Boise pool room with green walls.

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

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in a few ways, so there can be other window treatments that fit just as well for your space. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Boise at 208-609-9129 today to schedule up your free in-home design consultation.