Salt Lake City Bay Windows Need Perfect Window Treatments

Matt Thelander

Unique window types are often the most visually appealing qualities of houses in Salt Lake City - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of those unique windows are bay windows. From either the interior or exterior, bay windows give a look of comfort and fashion all at the same time - if they’re combined with the perfect window covering.

But how does one decide which window treatment to go with? Just like other unique window types, bay windows have their own considerations to bear in mind. Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City will take you through the checklist for bay window treatments, as well as offer our suggestions for the best choices for your Salt Lake City bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

Priorities For Treatments For Bay Windows

  • Accentuate your bay window - A badly-chosen, generic window covering might obscure the aesthetic of a bay window. Opt for a treatment that complements your bay window’s unique shape.

  • Control of light and temperature levels - Bay windows usually let in a good amount of heat and light from outdoors. Pick a window treatment that makes your space comfy and allows for climate control.

  • Privacy - Just as a window treatment should enhance your bay window’s geometry, it should also let you control how much you’re able to see outside your home, and how much people outside can see in.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds have a tendency to hinder the appeal of uniquely-shaped windows, which can make them seem rather generic or cheap. They also don’t deliver in controlling light levels as well as temperature.

  • Draperies - Like blinds, drapes negatively impact the visual appeal of bay windows by obscure their unique geometry, which is one of their central features. Light control is also ”all or nothing” when you go with drapes.

  • No window treatment at all - Some homeowners believe it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The lone upside to no window treatment is greater visibility, but doing so reduces your energy efficiency and light control, and will let outsiders get an easy view inside your house at all hours.

Top Picks For Salt Lake City Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Vertical honeycomb shades in parlour bow window. 

Modern, wallet-friendly, and simple to operate, cellular shades are a top-notch addition to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the degree 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 lower the shade from the top or raise it from the bottom, meaning you can get fantastic visibility while allowing for light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a range of opacities, from sheer to completely opaque, so losing your privacy is not a problem. Also, unlike other shade types, cellular shades never bulk up at the sides or at the top of the window when open, since they collapse so seamlessly. So you have the ability to maintain the beautiful look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t closed.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half insulating shutters in family room bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters offer Salt Lake City homeowners the opportunity to display their bay windows’ shape while enjoying the benefits of a custom window treatment. Plantation shutters improve on cellular shades however, by giving you even more effective light and visibility control due to their moveable louvers. And since they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can enjoy even more freedom in how you enhance their style with full-length or half-length shutters.

Because bay windows tend to be some of the largest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a big benefit. Polywood shutters can restrict nearly 30° of heat flow in your space when used correctly, which means that the ideal temperature in your home is a simple tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters outperform all similar shutters, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available on the market. Ovation shutters can also accentuate the wood border around bay windows.

Let Your Bay Windows Shine, Salt Lake City!

You may be doing your room a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City help your interior design reach new heights with our professional know-how. Get a hold of the Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City team today by calling 801-515-3598 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your schedule and bring window treatment samples straight to your house!