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San Antonio Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Each San Antonio home is unique, every one with its own style and its own needs. Similarly, each of the windows in your San Antonio home are unique too. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will differ and influence which window treatment that complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is usually the most important for choosing your perfect window treatment. Here are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to fit the specialty window types found in San Antonio houses.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those long, thin windows found on either side of the front door in several homes. Picking the best window treatment for sidelight windows is distinctly important for a couple of reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your house, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Second, people–from the postman to guests to traveling salespeople–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that 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 give your home classy looks and unrivaled 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 opening up to patios or decks. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels San Antonio homeowners have a great opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut often, so they would do best with a resilient window treatment that will still let you regulate how much light you let come through the window.

The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they can be installed directly onto the frame and are very sturdy, shutters are a great solution for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.

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Window Treatments for Octagonal Windows

Octagon window in a San Antonio bathroom 

Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows we see in San Antonio homes. With their special geometry, homeowners would be remiss to obscure them with a square window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, go with a window treatment that can be custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagon window.

The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are built to fit perfectly in an octagon frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the window glass, maintaining 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 that are wider than 4‘. That includes full wall windows that stretch far beyond what typical window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, San Antonio homeowners should think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows usually allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, since there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.

The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their subdued look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move on a track making them perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters offer a bit better privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your go-to.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled or rake windows are appearing a lot more in San Antonio home design. A problem with angled window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is getting one that fits your unique window shape. Keep in mind as well that many angled windows are in spots that are harder to reach, like where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and shut often is usually best for angled windows.

The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - awesome for windows in awkward spots.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Like with french doors, the window treatment you choose 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 the frequent usage a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let heat pass through the glass but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can block energy transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.

The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of designs and textures to choose from, freeing up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window treatment on the market.

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Bay Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are unlike almost other windows, so they require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. San Antonio homeowners should consider window treatments that enhance a bay window’s eye-catching geometry, offer privacy, and look gorgeous in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that fill all those roles.

The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Cellular shades, Roman shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows since each shade covers an individual pane, offering a lot of flexibility in how much surface area you’d like covered. Likewise, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more flexibility in window coverage with adjustable louvers.

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Window Treatments for Tall & High Ceiling Windows

Plantation shutters on tall windows

No matter their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. Typically, the window tops are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day is a hassle. That means that homeowners in San Antonio with taller windows might want to opt for a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or open and close from far away. It would be even better if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from coming in.

The Sunburst recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Motorized shades can operate with the simple flip of a switch, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and rarely if ever reposition the louvers. Both window treatments tackle the biggest problem of tall windows!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are the curved windows usually found above other, usually square windows. Due to their location and curved shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that few other windows do in regards to finding the perfect window treatment.

The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Shades, drapes and blinds hide the interesting shape and a long window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window under it. Because shutters are custom-built to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re definitely the best option for this unique window type. 

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Window Treatments for Casement Windows

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are unlike most windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, usually by a lever or crank. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casement windows need an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in San Antonio?

The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be custom-built to make room for a lever or crank–which lets you open and close your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades can also work well on casement windows, although you might have to work around the material when you want to open and close the window.

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Find More San Antonio Window Treatment Recommendations

There’s more to think about than just the type of window when looking at window treatments in San Antonio. Take a peek at our choices for window treatments for every room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling an in-home design consultation by calling 210-876-0377 today.