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Phoenix Specialty Window Treatment Guide

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 which window treatment that suits them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style may be the most important for choosing your perfect window treatment. These are our picks for window treatments to match the specialty window varieties found in Phoenix homes.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in several homes. Getting the right 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 great window covering all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.

The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get 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 connected to patios or decks. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with large glass panels, so Phoenix homeowners have a substantial opportunity to add style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot throughout the day, 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.

The Sunburst 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.

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Window Treatments for Octagonal Windows

Octagon window in a Phoenix bathroom 

Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows there are in Phoenix homes. With their special geometry, you would be remiss 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.

The Sunburst recommendation for octagonal window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly within an octagon frame, bolstering its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.

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Wide Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This encompasses full wall windows that stretch beyond what typical window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Phoenix homeowners should think about how effectively a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the sunlight and heat 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.

The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, 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 that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little better energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your go-to.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled or rake windows are popping up a lot more in contemporary home design. An issue 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 oftentimes best for angled windows.

The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being completely 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.

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Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

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.

The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Plantation shutters or panel tracks. Both of these window treatments make it easy to operate a sliding door. 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 on the market.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are unmistakable. 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 choosing a window treatment. Phoenix homeowners should look at 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.

The Sunburst 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’d like covered. Similarly, plantation shutters can be 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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High Ceiling and Tall Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on tall windows

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 beyond your reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day becomes a hassle. That means that Phoenix homeowners with taller windows should go with a window treatment that can either stay in a single position, or open and close remotely. It would be even better if that window treatment was also able to effectively block outside light from coming through.

The Sunburst recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can open and close with the quick push of a button, without any hassle. Alternatively, with plantation shutters several homeowners choose to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and rarely if ever move them from that spot. Both choices solve the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!

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Window Treatments for Eyebrow Windows

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those curved windows that are usually found above other, usually rectangular windows. Due to their location and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do when it comes to finding your perfect window treatment.

The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when paired with eyebrow windows. Shades, blinds, and drapes obscure the unique shape and any long window treatment might cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Since shutters are custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re definitely 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 the majority of windows. Casements have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, usually via crank or lever. Since they have a 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?

The Sunburst 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, though you’ll have to pull aside the shade when you want to open and shut the window.

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Find More Phoenix Window Treatment Tips

There may be more to consider than just the type of window when shopping for window treatments in Phoenix. 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 480-485-7743 today.