SOLUTION: Casement windows refer to any of several types of operable windows usually hinged on the sides so that they swing outward. They are good for ventilation as they usually open fully. It is not unusual to find them on either side of a large fixed window, or on both ends of a bay window combination.
You definitely should ask your client how the window operates. A crank at the bottom corner of the window is the typical method. You also need to know how often the window is opened so that any treatments you help your client decide on won’t interfere with either the method used to open the casement or the ability of your client to reach the crank handle!
As with any type of window, it may be trimmed with wood molding. If your client’s windows have any type of decorative wood molding around the window, she may not want to take away from this excellent focal point around the windows. If you are able to mount inside the window casing, I would suggest any type of soft shade treatment or consider a lightweight sheer fabric pleated at the top. This depends on the area allowed inside the window for mounting hardware and also the interior style of the room.
CHALLENGE: I have
a client who is a homeowner contemplating casement replacement windows
for her living room. There will be two of them with a picture window
in the center.
Her concern is choosing a practical window treatment that will provide maximum privacy, but will not make noise caused by the wind blowing through when the casement windows are opened.
I’m a bit stumped myself. What type of window treatment would you suggest?
SOLUTION: The easiest, and perhaps the best, solution I could suggest would be a vertical window treatment. That way, if the casement windows are open, then the treatment can stack to one side or the other leaving an opening for air, but covering the rest of the window.
Shirred sheers are another idea. If mounted onto the window frame with a simple rod, be sure to include a rod pocket at the bottom of the sheers and attach the bottom to the window frame as well. This way, as the window opens, the treatment will open with it and stay put!
If your client likes the idea of draperies, and if there is enough room on either side of the window, feel free to design draperies to hang from a beautiful decorative rod, but specify a rod that will be long enough for the drapery panels to stack completely off the window on both sides.
Do not rule out treatments that operate vertically, however. Products such as soft shades, wood blinds and horizontal blinds could work for this type of window, and they seem so much more popular these days. With these treatments, when the casements are opened, your client will be able to raise or lower the treatment as needed.
You might want to consider installing the treatments above the windows and the frames so that when fully raised they are completely off the window area. The same consideration can be made of any top treatment your client might want.
You also should be able to order a hold-down bracket for whichever treatment your client chooses that would be installed at the bottom of the window to hold the shade or blinds in place while down.
Nearly any combination of the above treatments will provide the daytime and nighttime privacy that your client is looking for.
CHALLENGE: My client’s
windows in a “prewar” apartment pose a problem. There
is little or no space on one side of the window for the curtain
rod and the curtain panel itself. The window is in the corner of
the room and right up against the adjoining wall.
There also is a problem with a radiator that obstructs the possibility of a window treatment in that area of the floor and wall.
SOLUTION: Your second challenge is the most important—it involves the safety of your client and her family!
You definitely do not want to place any type of fabric near or around the radiator heating unit. My suggestions would be to incorporate an inside mount window treatment consisting of either blinds, wood, soft shades, roller shades or a Roman shade. If the heating unit is anywhere near the window and window treatment, I would make sure it would not pose a safety issue.
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