Exploring Casement Window Treatments in New York City

Darren Zuckerman

Discovering the perfect window covering solution for New York City homes is probably the most enjoyable part of working in home design and fashion. And few styles of windows offer the same design challenge as casement windows do. As opposed to normal sliding windows, casement windows are attached with hinges on one or multiple sides, and so they swing in and out to operate.

Because they work differently from most other windows, they necessitate a slightly unique approach when looking for a window treatment. Let’s break down how to choose a great casement window treatment.

Casement Window Treatment Priorities

When picking a window treatment for your swinging window, be sure to keep these thoughts in mind.

  • Ease of use - No matter if your casement window opens and shuts by a crank or lever, you should be able to easily open and shut it without the hassle of a window treatment blocking you.

  • Fitting your window depth - Individual casement windows may have varying depths between your wall and the window, which means some window treatments may be too deep for the space.

  • Coverage - Unlike sliding windows which usually can only open partway, just about all casement windows will be able to open all the way. Having a good range of light control will let you achieve an ideal level of light without giving up the effective ventilation that casements give you.

The Best Casement Window Treatments

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

Knowing that, these are the window treatment options we typically recommend for casement windows.

Plantation Shutters

There is no going wrong with plantation shutters on casement windows. Whether your casement is hinged at the top (called an “awning”), the bottom (a “hopper”), or one of the sides, plantation shutters can be customized to match the direction your window operated. That customization also ensures that the shutter don’t interfere with the opening mechanism, whether it’s by lever or handle, and can fit either directly into your window jamb or attached above them so your window depth isn’t an issue.

Plantation shutters on casement windows in a lakefront condo. 

Shutters can be put in around the window opening to ensure full use of the opening mechanism. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about hanging fabric 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 wish to have a good amount of fresh air circulating in your home, 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 offered by plantation shutters.


A more minimal option than shutters, shades offer fashionable looks and an effective framing to your window, without getting in the way of the unique opening mechanism. Due to the fact that shades are always installed on top of the frame, there’s no need to consider what direction the window opens or the window depth. Shades can simply be drawn up when the window opens, so your view and airflow remain clear.

Roman shades in New York City game room with green walls.

Roman shades and cellular shades both look stellar on casement windows while offering great coverage.

Other Casement Window Treatments

As we’ve said, casement windows can vary in some ways, so there might be other window treatments that work just as well for your home. To learn more about your window treatment options, call Sunburst Shutters New York at 631-246-3930 today to schedule up a free window design consultation.