Casement windows in a bedroom

Breaking Down Casement Window Treatments in Phoenix

January 14, 2017

Discovering the perfect window treatment solution for Phoenix homeowners is one of our favorite parts of working in interior design and fashion. And few types of windows come with the same design challenge as casement windows do. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or multiple sides, and so they swing in or out to open and shut.

Since they work in a different way from most other windows, they necessitate a somewhat unique approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find your perfect casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When picking a window covering for your casement window, keep these thoughts in mind.

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

  • Ability to fit the depth of your window - Individual casement windows will have varying depths between your wall and the window itself, which means some window coverings may not fit the space.

  • Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open partially, nearly all casement windows are able to open all the way. A large range of light control will let you get an ideal level of light without forfeiting the effective ventilation that casements offer.

The Best Casement Window Treatment Options

So what’s our recommended window covering for Phoenix casement windows? Since there can be some variation between individual casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and beyond), it’s best to have 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 generally recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is hinged at the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be customized to match the way in which your window opens. That also ensures that the shutter don’t block the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, and can fit perfectly into your window jamb or on top of them so the depth of your window isn’t an issue.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a beachfront home. 

Shutters can be installed around the opening of the window to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. Moreover, you never have to worry about suspended fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you need your window open.

Lastly, shutters let you into a whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you want to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your space, but want to keep the light level low. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your perfect level of fresh air and light. That amount of control is only achievable with plantation shutters.


A less sophisticated option compared to shutters, shades offer chic looks and an attractive framing to your window, without obstructing the unique opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no need to worry about which direction the window opens or the window depth. Shades can simply be pulled to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain clear.

Roman shades in Phoenix pool room with green walls.

Both cellular shades and roman shades look stylish on casement windows while providing great coverage.

Other Window Treatments For Casements

As we’ve said, casement windows can differ in a couple ways, so there might be other window coverings that function just as well for your house. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Phoenix at 480-485-7743 today to schedule up a free in-home design consultation.