Sidelights are the tall, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in many homes. Picking the right window treatment for sidelight windows is especially important for a couple of reasons. One, they’re a focal point of your home, as most people's gaze is naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Two, people–from your postman to guests to traveling salesmen–are going to see the sidelight windows up close, which means that a fantastic window treatment that much more important to make sure you keep your privacy.
Our recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do they give your home elegant looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
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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 Fort Myers homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot throughout the day, so they would do best with a resilient window treatment that still lets you alter how much light you let come through the window.
Our recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re installed directly onto the frame and are extremely durable, shutters are a great partner for French doors. Their classic style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
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Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows we see in Fort Myers homes. With their unique geometry, you would be remiss to cover them up with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Rather, go with a window treatment that you can custom-fit to the window’s unique shape so you’ll always get the benefits of your octagon window.
Our recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters or window film. Shutters are custom manufactured to fit snugly within an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film adheres directly to the glass pane, maintaining the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
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When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This encomposses full wall windows that stretch far beyond what typical window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Fort Myers homeowners might want to think about how well a window treatment will let them keep their privacy and block light and temperature flow that wide windows usually allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of real estate that they’ll have to cover.
Our recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades operate easily, and their subdued look works well with wider windows. Panel tracks are a type of shade with wide panels of fabric that move across a track that are perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a tad better energy efficiency and privacy than shades do, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters could be your go-to.
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Rake or angled windows are appearing more and more in Fort Myers home design. The issue with rake window treatments, similar to octagon windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique shape. Keep in mind as well that several angled windows are in harder-to-reach spots, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that you won’t have to open and shut often is oftentimes best for angled windows.
Our recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your rake windows, but plantation shutters can typically be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - perfect for windows in hard to reach spots.
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Similar to french doors, the window treatment you get for a sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be durable and able to stand up to all the action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are one of the least energy-efficient windows, since they not only let energy pass through the pane but through the door opening as well. A window treatment that can block heat transfer should also be a top priority for sliding glass doors.
Our recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Either one can make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer an array of styles and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you a lot more room to express yourself. 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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Bay windows are instantly recognizable. The long panes, convex layout, and extensive view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they need some special consideration when choosing a window treatment. Fort Myers homeowners should look at window treatments that enhance a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, protect your privacy, and look gorgeous in your family room or living room. Luckily, there are a couple of window treatments that can do it all.
Our recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both cellular and roman shades function well with bay windows because each shade can cover an individual pane, granting you some flexibility in how much surface area you need covered. Likewise, plantation shutters can be installed on each separate pane on bay windows, but can still give you even more flexibility in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.
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Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are positioned near your ceiling can be a hassle to put window treatments on. Typically, the window tops are out of arm’s reach, and getting the stepladder out every day can be a hassle. So homeowners in Fort Myers with taller windows might want to go with a window treatment that you can either keep in a single position, or open and shut from far away. It would be a bonus if that window treatment could also effectively block light from coming through.
Our recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can operate with the easy flip of a switch, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters several homeowners opt to position the louvers in a single perfect position, and rarely if ever adjust the louvers afterward. Both options solve the biggest challenge of high ceiling windows!
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Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows almost always found above other, usually square windows. As a result of their position and individual shape, eyebrow windows face some issues that few other windows do when it comes to picking the perfect window treatment.
Our recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious disadvantages when combined with eyebrow windows. Shades, blinds, and drapes hide the unique shape and a lengthy window treatment might cover the empty space between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Because shutters are custom-made to perfectly fit in the frame of your window, they’re far and away the best option for this window style.
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Casement windows are unlike other windows. Casement windows have a hinge on one side, and open and shut by swinging on that hinge, typically via a lever or crank. With this unique opening mechanism, casements need a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still give you privacy and stylish looks. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in Fort Myers?
Our recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be customized with a cut-out to make room for the crank or lever–which will allow you to open and shut your window without any hassle. Both Roman and cellular shades can also work well on casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the fabric when you want to open and shut the window.
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There’s more to think about than just the window style when looking at window treatments in Fort Myers. Check out our choices for window treatments for each room in your home with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person tips by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 239-208-6577 today.