Casement windows in a bedroom

Examining Casement Window Treatments in Tampa

January 14, 2017

Discovering the perfect window treatment solution for Tampa homeowners is one of our favorite parts of working in interior design and fashion. And few styles of windows offer the same design challenge as do casement windows. Unlike typical sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and thus swing in and out to open and close.

Since they operate in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they require a somewhat different approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s break down how to find an ideal casement window treatment.

Priorities for Casement Window Treatments

When picking a window covering for your swinging window, keep these thoughts in mind.

  • Ease of operation - No matter if your casement window operates by a crank or lever, you need to be able to easily open and shut it without the trouble of a window treatment getting in the way.

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

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open halfway, almost all casement windows are able to open all the way. That range of light control will allow you achieve an ideal amount of light without giving up the effective ventilation that casements offer.

The Best Casement Window Treatment Options

So what’s the best window covering for Tampa casement windows? Since there can be some differences between different casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, etc), it’s best to set up an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help match you with your unique ideal 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 your casement swings from the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be fit to match how your window works. That customization also ensures that the shutter won’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by crank or lever, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or on top of them so your window depth isn’t a factor.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a beachfront condo. 

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

Lastly, shutters let you into a whole new world of coverage options for your window. Say you need to circulate a lot of fresh air into your room, but want to keep the light level low. Simply open your casement window, but set your shutter louvers partially open so that you can your perfect level of fresh air and light. That amount of control is only offered by plantation shutters.


A more minimal option than shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an attractive framing to your window, without obstructing the swinging opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no reason to fret about what direction the window swings or the window depth. Shades can easily be pulled up when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay undisturbed.

Roman shades in Tampa pool room with green walls.

Both cellular shades and roman shades look stellar on casement windows while giving you 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 work just as well for your house. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Tampa at 813-580-7288 today to set up a free window design consultation.