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Tampa Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every Tampa home is unique, each with its own charm and its own needs. Likewise, all the windows in your Tampa home are unique as well. Their dimensions, shape, the direction they face and more will vary and influence the style of window treatment suits them best.

But more than any other factor, the style of window might be the most important for determining your perfect window treatment. Here are Sunburst’s recommendations for window treatments to match the unique window varieties found in Tampa houses.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those tall, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in Tampa homes. Finding a great window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a few reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your house, as most people's eyes are naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from your mailman to guests to traveling salespeople–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.

The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a typical sight connected to patios, decks, or back yards. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels Tampa homeowners have a substantial opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot throughout the day, so they would do best with a resilient window treatment that will still let you control how much light you let come through the window.

The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they can be installed directly onto the window and are super damage-resistant, shutters are a great window treatment for French doors. Their classic looks and energy-efficiency are added benefits for your French door.

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Window Treatments for Octagonal Windows

Octagon window in a Tampa bathroom 

Octagonal windows are some of the most interesting and visually striking windows we see in Tampa homes. With their special shape, you would be careless to obscure them with a standard shaped window treatment like blinds or curtains. Instead, choose a window treatment that you can custom-fit to the window’s unique geometry so you’re always able to reap the benefits of your octagonal window.

The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are customized to fit perfectly in an octagonal window frame, bolstering its unique shape and appeal. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass, keeping the awesome shape of your octagon window on full display.

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Window Treatments for Wide Windows

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows wider than 4 feet. That encompasses full wall windows that stretch further than what standard window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, Tampa homeowners need to think about how well a window treatment will maintain their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows normally allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should operate without any hassle, as there’s a lot of room that they have to cover.

The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Panel tracks, roller shades or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works great with wide 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 can give you a tad more privacy and energy efficiency than shades do, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters could be your best bet.

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Rake & Angled Window Treatments

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are appearing a lot more in modern home design. The issue with rake window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique shape. Remember also that many angled windows are in spots that are harder to reach, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you don’t need to open and shut often is oftentimes best for angled windows.

The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. In addition to being 100% customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can usually be set at a single, preferred angle without ever needing to be readjusted - ideal for windows that are hard to reach.

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Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Like with french doors, the window treatment you purchase for your sliding glass door should let you open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Additionally, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to withstand all the action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of patterns and textures to choose from, opening up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters can be built in different configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering available.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The tall panes, convex layout, and ample view you get from bay windows are unlike almost any other window, so they require some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. Tampa homeowners should focus on window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing shape, protect your privacy, and look beautiful in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a few window treatments that can do it all.

The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or shutters. Both roman and cellular shades work well with bay windows since each shade can cover a single pane, granting you some flexibility in how much window area you want to cover. Similarly, plantation shutters can be installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more adaptability in window coverage with their easily 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 are located near your ceiling can be hard to put window treatments on. Usually, the window tops are outside normal reach, and breaking out a stepladder every day can be a hassle. So homeowners in Tampa with taller windows should go with a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and close from far away. It wouldn’t hurt if that window treatment was also able to effectively block light from coming in.

The Sunburst recommendation for tall & high ceiling windows: Motorized shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the easy push of a button, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and rarely if ever need to reposition them. Both options address the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those curved windows that are usually located above other, standard rectangular windows. Due to their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with challenges that no other windows do in regards to choosing your perfect window treatment.

The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Drapes, shades, and blinds mask the interesting shape and any lengthy window treatment might cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the rectangular window beneath it. Because shutters can be custom-built to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re definitely the best option for this unique window shape. 

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Window Treatments for Casement Windows

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are unlike other windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, sometimes via crank or lever. Since they have a unique operating mechanism, casements should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what’s the best window treatment for casement windows in Tampa?

The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for a lever or crank–which will allow you to open and close your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades will also work well on casement windows, although you might have to pull aside the material when you want to open or close it.

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Find More Tampa Window Treatment Tips

There may be more to think about than just the type of window when searching for window treatments in Tampa. Take a peek at our recommendations for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 813-580-7288 now.