New York City Bay Windows Need Spectacular Window Treatments

Darren Zuckerman

Specialty window types are often some of the most visually striking features of houses in New York City - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of these specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the inside or outside, bay windows give a sense of coziness and fashion all at once - if they’re partnered with a great window covering.

But how do you know which window covering to select? Just like other specialty window makes, bay windows have their own considerations to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters New York will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the best choices for your New York City bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

Considerations For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, dull window covering might hide the aesthetic of a bay window. Go with a treatment that complements your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control your temperature and light levels - Bay windows usually let in a lot of light and heat from the sun. Pick a window treatment that will keep your house cozy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just like a window treatment should enhance your bay window’s shape, it should also let you control how clearly you can see out your window, and how much people outside can see in.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds usually diminish the glamour of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat cheap or generic. They also don’t deliver in controlling brightness as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - Like blinds, drapes hurt the aesthetic of bay windows by obscure their unique shape, which is one of their main features. Light control tends to be a zero sum game when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - Some homeowners think it’s best to keep a bay window uncovered. The singular advantage of no window treatment is increased visibility, but it limits your energy efficiency and light control, and can let passersby get a clear look inside the home at all hours.

Recommendations For New York City Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Brown honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, budget-friendly, and simple to operate, cellular shades are a great partner for bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades can be purchased in a range of cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and come with a top-down/bottom-up system which lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, so you can get fantastic visibility while keeping control of light levels.

Sunburst’s cellular shades are also available in a wide range of transparencies, from solid to sheer, so losing your privacy is not a concern. In addition, unlike different kinds of shades, cellular shades won’t bunch up at the sides or near the top of your window when opened, because they fold in so easily. That means you have the ability to preserve the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t closed.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half insulating shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give New York City homeowners the chance to show off their bay windows’ geometry while enjoying the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades though, by giving you even more effective light and visibility control due to their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can benefit from even more freedom in how you complement their looks with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Because bay windows tend to be some of the largest windows in the home, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a big benefit. Polywood shutters can stop nearly 30 degrees of heat flow in your home if used correctly, meaning that a cozy house is a quick tilt away.

For that quintessential wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters exceed all similar shutters, having the distinction of being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters can also complement the wood frames around your bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, New York City!

You may be keeping your house from looking its best if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters New York help your interior design go the distance with our professional expertise. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters New York team today by calling 631-246-3930 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your door!