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Sunroom Window Treatment Ideas In Chicago

July 12, 2016

A sunroom that is comfortable and light can turn into the best room in your Chicago house. Since it has large windows and lots of light, it’s the perfect spot to entertain family and friends, finish a crossword puzzle, or watch a summer storm.

To make your sunroom become the go-to spot in your house, it’s important to control for light throughout the day and keep the room temperature comfortable. If your sunroom is outdated or not your style, you may even need to redecorate the space. An easy place to start is with your window treatments. Try to find a window treatment that lets the natural light in and offers an outside view but also allows you to cover your windows for energy efficiency and privacy.

The window treatment product you choose depends on your energy efficiency needs, your style, and your budget. Here are some window treatment ideas for sunrooms in Chicago to turn your sunroom into the best spot in the house.

Classic Plantation Shutters

Sunroom with white plantation shutters
Plantation shutters are a classic window treatment that lets the sun’s light stream into your sunroom. They are a custom-built window treatment that becomes a permanent fixture in your sunroom and can increase your home’s value. Their big louvers offer a pleasant outside view when they’re opened. It’s easy to tilt them for privacy and light control - and they’re simple to clean. They can swing out when you would like to open up your sunroom windows to let in a breeze.

Sunrooms have lots of windows which give you a great view of the outdoors. But with all the glass, your sunroom might not be energy efficient. Polywood® plantation shutters help insulate your sunroom. They reduce heat transfer through your windows by 45% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than normal wooden shutters. This makes it so you can enjoy the sun shining through your sunroom in the daytime and shut your shutters when it’s night to maintain the room’s temperature.

UV-Blocking Window Film

Sunroom with wicker chairs overlooking water with UV window film

Window film gives you a completely open view through your sunroom windows. It blocks 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays while allowing natural light to pass through into the room. Window film both absorbs and reflects the sun’s energy so that you can keep your sunroom at the most comfortable temperature. It also makes your HVAC system work less, which reduces your energy bills.

Window film also keeps your carpeting and furniture looking their best. The direct sunlight that passes through your windows can fade and discolor your carpeting or furniture. But window film minimizes fading so that your carpet and furniture stay true to its colors. You can add privacy tinting to window film so that you can see outside but your neighbors can’t look into your sunroom. You can also add window film with other window treatments like plantation shutters or shades for extra energy efficiency.

Decorative Roman Shades

Roman shades covering window in sunroom

Another sunroom window treatment that allows you to control for light is roman shades. They come in a large selection of fabrics and patterns and a variety of styles including contemporary, traditional, and modern.

Pull the shades down when you need privacy and less light. Retract the shades when you would like a room with lots of light and a view of the outdoors. Options you can add include decorative scallops and trims, privacy liners, and cordless lift systems and motorization. If you’re looking to improve energy efficiency, it’s important to buy shades built from the right material. Shades that are built from heavier material will insulate better than lighter shades.

Explore Window Treatments For Your Sunroom Today

If you need more ideas for window treatments for your sunroom or other rooms in your house, look through our Room Guide. Then when you’re ready to order the best custom window treatment for your sunroom in Chicago, give us a call at 847-250-6544 to schedule your free in-home consultation. We’ll talk you through all your options to make your sunroom the coziest space in your home.