When your window is four feet or wider, window treatments that function and are in style may seem hard to find in Chicago. But more options are available than you might think.
Some window treatment options such as blinds may be able to cover wide windows. But with multiple blinds that butt up to each other without a frame, blinds don’t showcase your window. Nor do they offer control over light and temperature.
That’s why we compiled these 3 window treatment ideas for wide windows in Chicago. So you can better understand how to cover your wide windows.
1. Shutters For Wide Windows
Wide windows bring in a lot of light. And plantation shutters offer ultimate light control. They cover the window entirely using multiple panels inside a frame, giving you a finished look. Every shutter panel has a hinge so that it can swing open. Each panel’s louvers can be tilted closed to prevent light from coming through. The frame that encases the panels ties the entire window treatment together, giving it a finished look on your wide window.
A tilt rod lets you adjust the amount of light you let in on each individual shutter panel. The louvers all move in unison, so you can let in more light more quickly. Depending on your window’s size, you may even choose to have a divider rail installed. A divider rail lets you control the top louvers separately from the bottom louvers.
Wide windows have a lot of glass, which can mean higher energy bills. Some plantation shutters, such as Polywood®, can block airflow and heat transfer. And that means more energy savings for you.
All that glass also means that you need a window treatment that gives you control over privacy. Plantation shutters for wide windows tilt shut completely to block out both light and curious eyes looking in. By tilting the louvers upward you can let light into the room while maintaining your privacy.
2. Window Film For Wide Windows
Your wide windows give you access to a wonderful view of your Chicago neighborhood. Window film helps you enjoy that view without any distractions in the way. Window film applied to your wide window can add a tint of color to the window. You can choose from multiple levels of darkening to add some privacy. The darker tints won’t obstruct your view from the inside looking out.
In addition, window film blocks UV rays coming through the glass. Since wide windows let more sunlight through than narrow windows, it’s best to cover them with window film if you’re not going to use a separate window treatment. Window film will guard your carpets and furniture against fading.
3. Shades For Wide Windows
Shades are great for dressing up wide windows. Extremely wide windows may require you to install multiple shades over the window to cover it entirely. But there are shades that come in wide widths. When you want less light, roll the shades down. You can add a room darkening liner for increased privacy and light control.
See the view outside by rolling your shades up. When they’re retracted, shades add a cozy accent for your wide window.
Get Custom Window Treatments For Your Wide Windows, Chicago!
We carry the window treatments you want for your wide windows in Chicago. Schedule your free in-home design consultation to look at samples of these window treatments and receive a quote. Our team is glad to answer any of your questions about window coverings for wide windows. Whether your wide windows are in the living room or dining room, we’ve got you covered. Contact us at 847-250-6544 to get started on your custom window treatments.