Casement windows in a bedroom

Examining Casement Window Treatments in Atlanta

January 14, 2017

Discovering the perfect window covering solution for Atlanta homes is probably the best part of working in home design and fashion. And few styles of windows present the same design challenge as casement windows do. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or more sides, and thus swing in or out to open and shut.

Because they operate differently from most other windows, they necessitate a somewhat different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to choose an ideal casement window treatment.

Priorities for Casement Window Treatments

When picking a window treatment for your swinging window, try to keep these priorities in mind.

  • Ease of use - Whether your casement window opens and closes by a lever, cam handle, or crank, you should be able to easily open and shut it without the hassle of a window treatment blocking you.

  • Ability to fit your window depth - Various casement windows may have differing depths between the wall and the window itself, so some window treatments may be too deep for the space.

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, almost all casement windows are able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will let you get a perfect level of light without sacrificing the great ventilation that casements give you.

Recommended Casement Window Treatments

So which is the right window covering for Atlanta casement windows? Since there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and beyond), it’s best to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your unique ideal fit.

That being said, these are the window treatment options we most highly recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

You absolutely can’t go wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is connected to the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match how your window works. That also makes sure that your shutters won’t block the opening mechanism, whether it’s by handle or crank, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or attached above them so the depth of your window isn’t a problem.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a beachfront home. 

Shutters can be installed around the window opening to ensure full operation of the opening mechanism. Moreover, you never have to worry about hanging material blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open.

Finally, shutters let you into a wide world of coverage options for your window. Say you wish to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your home, but don’t want a lot of light. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers slightly open so that you can your ideal brightness and circulation. That amount of control is only possible with plantation shutters.


A less sophisticated option compared to shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an attractive framing to your window, without getting in the way of the swinging opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no need to worry about which direction the window is hinged or how deep its jamb is. Shades can simply be pulled to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain unobstructed.

Roman shades in Atlanta pool room with green walls.

Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stylish on casement windows while providing great coverage.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve said, casement windows can vary in a couple ways, so there might be other window coverings that function just as well for your space. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Atlanta at 404-962-8517 today to set up your free window design consultation.