Minneapolis Bay Windows Need Spectacular Window Treatments

George Christ

Specialty window types can be some of the most visually charming qualities of houses in Minneapolis - and one of the most eye-catching examples of those specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the inside or outside, bay windows grant a sense of coziness and fashion all at the same time - granted that they’re paired with the right window covering.

But how do you know which window treatment to pick? Just as with other specialty window types, bay windows have individual features to take into account. Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis will walk you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and then offer our suggestions for the best choices for your Minneapolis bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a modern bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments

  • Complement your bay window - A poorly-chosen, dull window covering may hide the aesthetic of a bay window. Go with a treatment that accentuates your bay window’s eye-catching geometry.

  • Control your temperature and light levels - Bay windows tend to let in a lot of heat and light from outdoors. Choose a window covering that will make your home cozy and allows make any adjustments easily.

  • Privacy - Just like a window treatment needs to complement a bay window’s geometry, it should also let you control how much you can see outside your window, and how much people outside are able to see in.

What Not To Choose For Bay Window Treatments

  • Aluminum blinds - Blinds typically hurt the glamour of specially-shaped windows, resulting in them looking somewhat generic or cheap. They also underwhelm in controlling brightness as well as in their energy-efficiency.

  • Draperies - Like blinds, drapes negatively impact the aesthetic of bay windows by hide their unique geometry, which is one of their primary benefits. Control over brightness tends to be ”all or nothing” with drapes.

  • Nothing - A few homeowners think it’s best to keep their bay window uncovered. The only advantage of going without a window treatment is an increase in visibility, but doing so decreases your control over light and heat, and will let people passing by get a clear view inside the house at all hours.

Recommendations For Minneapolis Bay Windows

Cellular Shades for Bay Windows

Vertical cellular shades in parlour bow window. 

Fashionable, budget-friendly, and easy to use, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the degree of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades are available in a range of cell sizes, from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. 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, letting you get fantastic visibility while allowing for light control.

Sunburst’s cellular shades can be purchased in a wide range of opacities, from solid to sheer, so a lack of privacy is not a concern. Also, unlike other shade types, cellular shades don’t bunch up at the sides or near the top of your window when open, since they collapse so easily. That makes it so you can maintain the beautiful look of your bay windows when the shades aren’t in use.

Plantation Shutters For Bay Windows

Half white shutters in living room bay window.

As with cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Minneapolis homeowners the chance to show off their bay windows’ shape while reaping the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters outperform cellular shades however, by granting you even higher levels of control of light and visibility with their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-fit to your windows, you can have even more leeway in how you add to their looks with full or half length shutters.

Because bay windows are usually some of the largest windows in your house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ energy efficiency is a massive draw. Polywood shutters can restrict close to 30 degrees of air flow in your space when used correctly, meaning that the ideal temperature in your house is just a tilt away.

For that vintage wood plantation shutter look, our Ovation® shutters outperform all similar shutters, having the distinction of being the only 5-star rated wood shutter available. Ovation shutters , as an added bonus, can complement the wood border around bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, Minneapolis!

You’re doing your space a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis help your interior design reach new heights with our professional know-how. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis team today by calling 952-856-8130 to schedule a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work around your timeline and bring window treatment samples right to your home!