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Houston Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

September 21, 2016

Unique window types can be the most visually appealing qualities of houses in Houston - and one of the most attention-drawing examples of those unique windows are bay windows. From either inside the home or outside, bay windows offer a look of comfort and fashion all at the same time - granted that they’re combined with the right window covering.

But how does a homeowner know which window covering to pick? Just as with other specialty window types, bay windows have individual features to take into account. Sunburst Shutters Houston will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Houston bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Bay Window Treatments

  • Enhance your bay window - A badly-chosen, generic window treatment might mask the beauty of a bay window. Go with a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control your light and temperature levels - Bay windows tend to let in a lot of heat and light from the sun. Choose a window treatment that will keep your home cozy and allows for climate control.

  • Privacy - Just like a window treatment should enhance a bay window’s shape, it also needs to control how well you’re able to see outside your window, and how clearly others are able to see inside.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hurt the beauty of uniquely-shaped windows, which can make them seem somewhat generic or cheap. They also don’t deliver in controlling for light as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - Like blinds, drapes hurt the charm of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their main appeals. Control over brightness is also an “all or nothing” choice with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners think it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The only upside to going without a window treatment is increased visibility, but it reduces your energy efficiency and light control, and will let passersby get an easy look inside your home at all hours.

Top Picks For Houston Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Adjustable cellular shades in living room bow window. 

Stylish, budget-friendly, and easy to operate, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why we recommend them for bay windows is the level of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades are available in a range of cell sizes, from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and come with a top-down/bottom-up system that allows you to raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, meaning you can get a great view while allowing for control of light levels.

Our cellular shades can be purchased in a range of transparencies, from sheer to completely opaque, so losing your privacy is never a concern. Also, unlike different kinds of shades, cellular shades don’t bunch up at the sides or near the top of the window when drawn, since they collapse so seamlessly. That means you can preserve the elegant look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Bottom half plantation shutters in living room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Houston homeowners the chance to showcase their bay windows’ looks while reaping the benefits of a customized window treatment. Plantation shutters surpass cellular shades however, by giving you even more effective control of light and visibility with their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even greater freedom in how you add to their looks with differing shutter lengths and configurations.

Because bay windows are usually some of the biggest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive draw. Polywood shutters can stop up to 30 degrees of heat flow in your home when used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your house is a quick tilt away.

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

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Houston!

You’re keeping your space from looking its best if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Houston help your windows soar with our professional experience. Get on the phone with the Sunburst Shutters Houston team today by calling 713-853-9629 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and have product samples brought right to your home!
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