Breaking Down Casement Window Treatments in Hartford

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Finding the perfect window coverings for Hartford homes is probably our favorite part of working in home design and fashion. And few types of windows come with the same design challenge as do casement windows. Unlike normal sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and thus swing in and out to operate.

Since they work differently from most other windows, they necessitate a slightly different approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to choose your perfect casement window treatment.

Priorities for Casement Window Treatments

When picking a window treatment for your casement window, keep these items in mind.

  • Ease of use - No matter if your casement window opens and shuts by a lever, cam handle, or crank, you should be able to easily open and close your window without the trouble of a window treatment getting in the way.

  • Fitting the depth of your window - Different casement windows will have differing depths between the wall and the window itself, which means some window coverings may not fit the space.

  • Coverage - While sliding windows can typically only open partway, almost all casement windows will be able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will let you get a perfect amount of light without giving up the effective ventilation that casements give you.

Recommended Casement Window Treatment Options

So what’s the ideal window treatment for Hartford casement windows? Because there can be some differences between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so on), it’s a good idea to have an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your own best fit.

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

Plantation Shutters

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

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a lakefront house. 

Shutters can be put in around the opening of the window to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about hanging fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you want your window open.

Finally, shutters let you into a huge world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your space, but want to keep the light level low. Just open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your ideal brightness and circulation. That amount of control is only possible with plantation shutters.


A less sophisticated option relative to shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an attractive framing to your window, without obstructing the casement opening mechanism. Because shades are always installed above the frame, there’s no need to worry about which direction the window opens or how deep its jamb is. Shades can simply be drawn to the top when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain clear.

Roman shades in Hartford rec room with green walls.

Roman shades and cellular shades both look stellar on casement windows while giving you great coverage.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can differ in some ways, so there may be other window treatments that work just as well for your house. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Hartford at 860-266-5459 today to set up a free window design consultation.