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The Best Window Treatments for Casement Windows

What are casement windows — and which window treatments pair best? We’ve got you covered!

By: Natalie Elmhurst

Updated: 12/12/2023

Does your home have casement windows?

Casement windows typically hinge open from the side, rather than being opened and closed by pulling or pushing a part of your window up and down. While this has its advantages, it will affect your home’s interior design. Have you thought about the impact that will have on which window treatments will work best with your casement windows?

Your casement windows need extra consideration when it comes to window treatments, so you know your window treatments won’t interfere with the design or function. Instead, you want window treatments that will compliment your window style.

Here’s everything you need to know about making sure your casement windows and your casement window treatments are compatible.

What are casement windows?

Casement windows are windows that have hinges attached to the side of the frame, allowing the window to swing out or in when opened. You’ve probably seen them, especially if you live in the western parts of the country. Casement windows are a top choice by many home owners and designers because of the amount of light they let in. Typically, casement windows are opened and closed using a crank, handle, or lever.

There are many different types of casement windows, including:

  • Single-frame: very common, this type of casement window is one window panel that hinges open from one side.
  • Double-frame: two window panels with a center frame structure which allows each window panel to open and close independently.
  • Double-french: similar to a double-frame, but without the central structure so you have an unobstructed view out of the windows.
  • Push-out: as it sounds, this casement window is opened outward by a simple handle that unlocks the window, which you can then push open.
  • Out-Swing: a crank-style casement window that swings outward from the frame.
  • In-Swing: the opposite of an out-swing — this casement window swings inward, usually with a latch that unlocks and allows you to pull it towards the interior of the room.

These are some of the most common, although there are even more options available for homeowners.

Casement window treatment ideas to keep your home functional and stylish

Casement windows are one of the most common types of windows seen in homes today, and are most often paired with Craftsman homes. But no matter what style of home you have, if you have casement windows you’re looking for a window treatment that looks flawless and remains highly functional.

Remember that your window type will greatly affect which window treatment you choose.

Modern casement window treatments will fit the shape and style of your casement window, so you can take advantage of the natural light it lets in. Just keep in mind that the window treatment that will best work with your casement window will also depend on whether it has a recessed frame. This will affect the overall look and function of your windows paired with your modern casement window treatment.

Blinds keep your casement windows classic

We recommend using blinds for casement windows — they have a timeless, classic appeal that will fit well with many different types of casement windows, and will keep the natural light balanced for your comfort.

Keep in mind that if you choose blinds for your casement window treatments, you’ll need to make sure they’re mounted appropriately. If mounted incorrectly, the blinds can get in the way of the crank, giving you more headaches and less function. Instead, make sure your blinds are mounted on the outside of the window frame, so your crank has plenty of room to be maneuvered.

Stoneside Custom Roman Shades

Add a little luxury to your casement windows with custom drapes

Drapes are one of the most beautiful window treatments available. The drama they bring can be understated and subtle, or bold and luxurious. These window treatments are one of the most dynamic, and bring many benefits that any homeowner would love to take advantage of.

Drapes are one of the best window treatments for casement windows because of their design and their functional mounting. Any type of recessed window will pair well with drapes, as the drapes won’t interfere with the crank or the opening mechanism.

Stylistically, drapes can be pulled over or pulled away towards the sides, giving you a glorious view and easy access to your casement windows. Not sure if you want to commit just to drapes? Get all the perks and more by layering your drapes with another window treatment.

The best shades for casement windows

When it comes to choosing the best shades for casement windows, you’ve got options. So no matter what your personal preference is when it comes to style and function, you’ll be able to find shades you love for your casement windows.

Cellular shades will give you excellent insulation, (fantastic for those with oversized casement windows!) and their top-down, bottom-up option makes them optimal for spaces trying to balance natural light and privacy.

Roller or solar shades are both excellent shade options for your casement windows. Sleek, modern, and easy to use, roller and solar shades are one of our most popular window treatments. But keep in mind there are key differences between the two that may inspire you to lean towards one over the other. Solar shades, in particular, will be a superior choice for your because of the abundant natural light that casement windows usually boast.

Roman shades give you a hint of drapery-like style, but with the functionality of a smaller shade. Roman shades are an excellent choice for your casement window, as it complements the way a casement window opens. The wide variety of materials and opacities ensure that even though you’re covering your windows, you're complementing them as well.

See what we mean? You’ve got excellent options when it comes to shades for your casement windows.

Choose the best window treatments for your casement windows with confidence

So what will it be — blinds, drapery, or a shade? You get to choose which style fits you best because when used correctly, each of these options will work well for casement windows.

Not sure where to start? That’s totally understandable. It’s hard to know what’s the right choice, even if you have a window treatment you’re hoping will work perfectly.

Chat with our consultants today, and they’ll be there from start to finish to ensure you, and your casement windows, get exactly what you need.