Every Phoenix home is unique, each with its own charm and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Phoenix home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the way they face and more will vary and affect the type of window treatment that suits them best.
But more than any other factor, the style of window may be the most important for finding your ideal window treatment. These are our picks for window treatments to match the specialty window varieties found in Phoenix homes.
Sidelights are those long, thin windows that are found on the sides of the front door in several homes. Finding the best window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your home, since most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from your mailman to guests to door-to-door salespeople–are going to see them up close, which makes a fantastic window covering all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.
French doors are a typical sight opening up to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with large glass panels, so Phoenix homeowners have a serious opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot, so they would do best with a durable 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 very damage-resistant, shutters are a great solution for French doors. Their timeless looks and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.
Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and attention-grabbing windows there are in Phoenix homes. With their special geometry, you would be careless to cover them up with a run-of-the-mill window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, choose a window treatment that can be customized to the window’s unique geometry so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagon window.
Our recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are built to fit seamlessly within an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and style. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This covers full wall windows that stretch beyond what typical window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Phoenix homeowners might want to think about how effectively a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be simple to use, as there’s a lot of window area that they need to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works well with wide windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with wide panels of fabric that slide along a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a bit better energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your go-to.
Rake or angled windows are popping up a lot more in contemporary home design. A problem with angled window treatments, like with octagon windows, is getting one that fits your unique window shape. Remember also that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach places, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t need to operate often is usually best for angled windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your rake windows, but the shutter louvers can usually be set at a single, perfect angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows in hard to reach spots.
Similar to french doors, the window treatment you get for your sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door without any hassle whatsoever. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be durable and able to withstand 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 pass through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of styles and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you a bigger palette to work with. Plantation shutters are available in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy efficient than any other window treatment available.
Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The tall panes, concave layout, and extensive view you get from bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus require some special consideration when picking a window treatment. Phoenix homeowners should focus on window treatments that complement a bay window’s eye-catching layout, offer privacy, and look stunning in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that meet all these requirements.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work well with bay windows since each shade can cover a single pane, giving you a lot of flexibility in how much window area you need covered. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with adjustable louvers.
No matter their shape or style, windows that are positioned close to your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. Typically, the tops of the windows are out of arm’s reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day becomes a hassle. That means that homeowners in Phoenix with taller windows should choose a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or open and shut remotely. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block outside light from coming through.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the easy push of a button, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters many homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and rarely if ever move them from that spot. Both window treatments solve the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!
Eyebrow windows are those curved windows that are usually positioned above other, usually rectangular windows. Because of their location and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do when it comes to finding your perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Just about every other window treatment has serious disadvantages when put on eyebrow windows. Drapes, blinds, and shades obscure the unique shape and any long window treatment may cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Since shutters are custom-built to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re definitely the best option for this window shape.
Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, sometimes via crank or lever. With this unique operating mechanism, casement windows should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Phoenix?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be installed on the wall around the window opening to make room for a lever or crank–which will allow you to open and shut your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades will also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the material when you want to open and shut the window.
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There’s more to consider than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Phoenix. 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 recommendations by setting up a free in-home consultation by calling 480-485-7743 today.