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 which window treatment fits them best.
But more than any other factor, the window style is usually the most important for choosing your perfect window treatment. Here are our picks for window treatments to fit the unique window varieties found in Boise homes.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in several 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 the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
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 should have 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’re installed directly onto the frame and are extremely sturdy, shutters are the perfect window treatment for French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
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 obscure 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, bolstering its unique shape and looks. Likewise, window film adheres directly to the glass, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows wider than 4‘. That covers full wall windows that stretch further than 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 usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be easy to operate, since there’s a lot of real estate 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 simple look works well with wide 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 little more privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if a cool home is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.
Angled windows (or “rake” windows) are appearing a lot more in modern home design. A problem 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 harder-to-reach places, like where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to open and close often is oftentimes best for rake windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they 100% 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 that are hard to reach.
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 stand up to all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient window styles, 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. Panel tracks and shutters both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of designs and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters are available in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering available.
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 choosing a window treatment. Boise homeowners should focus on window treatments that enhance a bay window’s eye-catching geometry, offer privacy, and look stunning 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 work well with bay windows because 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.
Regardless of their shape or style, windows that stretch 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 Boise homeowners with high ceiling windows should choose a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or open and shut remotely. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from pouring in.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open or shut 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 tackle the biggest challenge of tall windows!
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 choosing your perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any 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 separation between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Since shutters are custom-built to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re far and away the best option for this window shape.
Casement windows aren’t like the majority of 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 look great and protect your privacy. 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 means you can 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.
Find More Boise Window Treatment Picks
There’s more to think about than just the type of window when looking at window treatments in Boise. Take a peek at our top picks 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.