Chicago Bay Windows Need Beautiful Window Treatments

Richard Rampton

Unique window types can be some of the most visually striking hallmarks of houses in Chicago - and one of the most eye-catching examples of those unique windows are bay windows. From either inside the home or outside, bay windows offer a sense of comfort and fashion all at once - that is, if they’re paired with a great window treatment.

But how does a homeowner know which window treatment to select? Just as with other specialty window types, bay windows have specific factors to think about. Sunburst Shutters Chicago will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and then offer our suggestions for the top picks for your Chicago bay windows.

Plantation shutters in a chic bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Complement your bay window - A badly-chosen, boring window treatment might hide the style of a bay window. Go with a treatment that complements your bay window’s unique geometry.

  • Control your light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of heat and light from the sun. You want a window covering that will make your home comfortable and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Visibility - Just as a window treatment should enhance your bay window’s geometry, it also needs to control how clearly you’re able to see outside your window, and how well people outside are able to see inside.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hinder the glamour of specially-shaped windows, making them look rather generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling for light as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Drapes - As with blinds, drapes hurt the charm of bay windows by covering up their unique shape, which is one of their main appeals. Control over brightness can also be a zero sum game when you go with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Sometimes homeowners think it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The single upside to no window treatment is increased visibility, but it reduces your control over light and heat, and will let people outside your window get an easy view inside the house at all hours.

Recommendations For Chicago Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical cellular shades in lounge bow window. 

Fashionable, budget-friendly, and simple to operate, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the amount of freedom cellular shades give you. These shades are available in different cell sizes, all the way from 7/16” to 9/16” to 3/4” and feature a top-down/bottom-up system which allows you to lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, so you can get a great view while maintaining light control.

Our cellular shades are also available in a range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so a lack of privacy is never a problem. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades never bunch up at the sides or near the top of your window when open, since they fold in so effectively. So you can preserve the beautiful look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Bottom half plantation shutters in den bay window.

Similar to cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Chicago homeowners the chance to show off their bay windows’ looks while reaping the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades however, by offering even better light and visibility control with their adjustable louvers. And since they’re custom-built for your windows, you can benefit from even more flexibility in how you complement their looks with full or half length shutters.

Due to the fact that bay windows are typically some of the biggest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a huge benefit. Polywood shutters can stop nearly 30 degrees of temperature flow in your space if used correctly, meaning that a cozy space is a quick tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all other wood shutters, being the only 5-star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters are the perfect window treatment to accentuate the wood frame around your bay windows.

Make Your Bay Windows Beautiful, Chicago!

You might be doing your space a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Chicago help your interior design reach new heights with our professional expertise. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Chicago team today by calling 847-250-6544 to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your timeline and bring window treatment samples straight to your house!