Casement windows in a bedroom

Exploring Casement Window Treatments in Indianapolis

January 14, 2017

Finding the perfect window treatments for Indianapolis homeowners is probably the best part of working in home design and fashion. And few types of windows come with the same design challenge as casement windows do. As opposed to typical sliding windows, casement windows are hinged on one or multiple sides, and thus swing in or out to operate.

Since they work in such a unique way compared to most other windows, they necessitate a slightly unique approach when pairing with a window treatment. Let’s take a look at how to find a great casement window treatment.

Priorities for Casement Window Treatments

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

  • Ease of use - No matter if your casement window operates via lever, cam handle, or crank, you need to be able to easily open and close your window without the trouble of a window treatment blocking you.

  • Fitting the depth of your window - Various casement windows may have differing depths between the wall and the window itself, which means some window coverings may be too deep for 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 allow you get an ideal level of light without sacrificing the great ventilation that casements add.

The Best Casement Window Treatments

So what’s our recommended window treatment for Indianapolis casement windows? Since there can be some differences between various casement windows (hinge position, window jamb depth, and so forth), it’s best to have an in-home consultation so a window treatment professional can help you find your home’s best fit.

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

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether a casement is connected to the top (known as an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or from the sides, plantation shutters can be custom-made to match how your window operated. That ability also makes sure that your shutters won’t impede the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or off of them so the depth of your window isn’t a problem.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a tropical room. 

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

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


A more basic option than shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the swinging opening mechanism. Since shades are always installed over the frame, there’s no need to worry about which direction the window swings or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow stay unobstructed.

Roman shades in Indianapolis rec 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 mentioned, casement windows can vary in some ways, so there might be other window treatments that function just as well for your space. To find out more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis at 317-558-9066 today to set up your free in-home design consultation.