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Boise Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every Boise home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, each of the windows in your Boise home are different as well. Their size, shape, the way they face and more will differ and influence the kind of window treatment fits them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is usually the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. Here are our picks for window treatments to fit the unique window varieties found in Boise homes.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in many homes. Choosing the best window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a few reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your home, as most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from the mail carrier to guests to door-to-door salesmen–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which makes a great window treatment that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.

Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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French Door Window Treatments

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a typical sight opening up to decks or patios. French doors are hinged double doors, usually with big glass panels, so Boise residents have a great opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they need a resilient window treatment that will still let you regulate the amount of light you let into your home.

Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. As they can be installed directly onto the frame and are extremely sturdy, shutters are the perfect accompaniment to French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are extra perks for your French door.

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Octagon Window Treatments

Octagon window in a Boise bathroom 

Octagon-shaped windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows we see in Boise homes. With their unique shape, homeowners would be careless to mask them with a run-of-the-mill window treatment like blinds or curtains. Rather, choose a window treatment that’s able to be custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagon window.

Our recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film adheres directly to the glass, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.

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Window Treatments for Wide Windows

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows with a width greater than 4‘. That covers full wall windows that stretch far beyond what standard window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Boise homeowners may want to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows normally allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, since there’s a lot of room that they’ll have to cover.

Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works well with wider windows. Panel tracks are a kind of shade with large fabric panels that move along a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a bit more privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters may be your best bet.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled or rake windows are appearing a lot more in contemporary home design. An issue with angled window treatments, similar to octagonal windows, is getting one that fits your unique window shape. Remember also that several angled windows are in places that are hard to reach, like where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t need to open and shut often is usually best for rake windows.

Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they completely customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - awesome for windows in awkward spots.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you choose for your sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be durable and able to handle all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let energy transfer through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can block heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make it easy to operate a sliding door. Panel tracks also offer an array of patterns and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters can be built in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering on the market.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are unmistakable. The long panes, concave layout, and wide view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they need some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Boise homeowners should look at window treatments that enhance a bay window’s eye-catching geometry, offer privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that meet all these requirements.

Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows as each shade can cover a single pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.

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Window Treatments for Tall & High Ceiling Windows

Plantation shutters on tall windows

Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are located close to your ceiling can be difficult to treat. Normally, the tops of the windows are beyond your reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. So homeowners in Boise with high ceiling windows should go with a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or open and close remotely. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from pouring in.

Our recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can operate with the quick flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. Alternatively, with plantation shutters most homeowners opt to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both window treatments address the biggest challenge of tall windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those curved windows usually positioned above other, standard square windows. As a result of their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that few other windows do in regards to picking your perfect window treatment.

Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds hide the interesting shape and a long window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Since shutters are able to be custom-built to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re far and away the best option for this window shape. 

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Window Treatments for Casement Windows

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casements have a hinge on a side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, sometimes by a lever or crank. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casements need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Boise?

Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for a lever or crank–which lets you open and close your window effortlessly. Both cellular and Roman shades can also work well on casement windows, but you may have to work around the fabric when you want to open or close the window.

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Find More Boise Window Treatment Tips

There’s more to think about than just the type of window when looking at window treatments in Boise. Take a peek at our choices for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal tips by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 208-609-9129 now.