Casement windows in a bedroom

Choosing Casement Window Treatments in San Antonio

January 14, 2017

Discovering the perfect window covering solution for San Antonio homes is probably the most enjoyable part of working in home design and fashion. And few types of windows offer the same design obstacle as do casement windows. As opposed to 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 operate in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they necessitate a slightly unique approach when choosing the perfect window treatment. Let’s break down how to find an ideal casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When selecting a window treatment for your swinging window, keep these thoughts in mind.

  • Ease of use - Whether your casement window opens and shuts by a crank or lever, you need to be able to easily open and shut it without the trouble of a window treatment blocking you.

  • Fitting the depth of your window - Individual casement windows may 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, just about all casement windows will be able to open all the way. A large range of light control will let you get an ideal level of light without sacrificing the great ventilation that casements give you.

Recommended Casement Window Coverings

So what’s the best window covering for San Antonio casement windows? Since there can be some differences between individual casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so on), it’s best to schedule an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your home’s best fit.

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

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is hinged at the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be customized to match how your window operated. That customization also makes certain that the shutter don’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or off of them so the depth of your window isn’t a factor.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a oceanfront home. 

Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about dangling fabric blowing in the wind or being left exposed when you have your window open.

Finally, shutters let you into a huge world of coverage options for your window. Say you want to circulate a lot of fresh air into your home, but don’t want a lot of light. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers nearly shut so that you can get the best of both worlds. That amount of control is only achievable with plantation shutters.


A less sophisticated option than shutters, shades offer stylish looks and an effective 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 reason to fret about the direction the window is hinged or the window depth. Shades can easily be pulled up when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain undisturbed.

Roman shades in San Antonio rec room with green walls.

Cellular shades as well as roman shades look stellar on casement windows while offering great coverage.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve mentioned, casement windows can vary in a couple ways, so there can be other window treatments that work just as well for your home. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters San Antonio at 210-876-0377 today to set up a free window design consultation.