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Breaking Down Casement Window Treatments in Denver

January 14, 2017

Finding the perfect window treatment solution for Denver homeowners is one of the best parts of working in interior design and fashion. And few types of windows present the same design obstacle as do casement windows. As opposed to typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or multiple sides, and so they swing in or out to open and close.

Because they operate in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they require a slightly different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find an ideal casement window treatment.

Priorities for Casement Window Treatments

When selecting a window treatment for your swinging window, keep these items in mind.

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

  • Fitting the depth of your window - Different casement windows will have differing depths between the wall and the window itself, which means some window coverings may be too deep for the space.

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, just about all casement windows will be able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will allow you get an ideal level of light without sacrificing the effective ventilation that casements offer.

Recommended Casement Window Treatment Options

So which is the right window covering for Denver casement windows? Because there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so on), it’s best to set up an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your unique ideal fit.

Knowing that, these are the window treatment options we most highly recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement swings from the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match the way in which your window works. That ability also makes sure that the shutter don’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or attached above them so the depth of your window isn’t a factor.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a lakefront condo. 

Shutters can be installed around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about suspended material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you need your window open.

Finally, shutters let you into a whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you wish to circulate a lot of fresh air into your house, but want to keep the light level low. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers nearly shut so that you can get the best of both worlds. That amount of control is only offered by plantation shutters.


A more basic option relative to shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an attractive framing to your window, without blocking the casement opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no reason to consider what direction the window swings or how deep its jamb is. Shades can simply be drawn to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay undisturbed.

Roman shades in Denver game room with green walls.

Roman shades and cellular shades both look stylish on casement windows while providing great light control.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in a couple ways, so there may be other window coverings that work just as well for your space. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Denver at 720-538-0182 today to schedule up a free in-home design consultation.