San Jose Specialty Window Treatment Guide

Every San Jose home is unique, each with its own style and its own needs. Likewise, each of the windows in your San Jose home are different as well. Their size, shape, the way they face and more will vary and influence the style of window treatment that complements them best.

But more than any other factor, the window style is typically the most important for finding your perfect window treatment. These are our team’s picks for window treatments to fit the specialty window varieties found in San Jose houses.

Sidelight Window Treatments

Front door with sidelights

Sidelights are those tall, thin windows typically found on the sides of the front door in several homes. Getting the right window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a couple of reasons. One, sidelights are a focal point of your house, since most visitors’ gaze is naturally drawn to the front door of the house. Two, people–from the postman to guests to door-to-door salespeople–will see them up close, which makes a sidelight window treatment all the more important to make sure you maintain your privacy.

What we recommend for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Shutters don’t just offer your home elegant looks and top-notch privacy, but they’re also the easiest window treatment to get customized for tall, thin sidelight windows.

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Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors with plantation shutters

French doors are a typical sight connected to patios or back yards. Since they’re double doors, hinged, and typically have large glass panels San Jose homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and close a lot, so they should have a resilient window treatment that still lets you control the amount of light you let into your home.

What we recommend for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Since they’re installed directly onto the window frame and are incredibly durable, shutters are the perfect accompaniment to French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.

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Window Treatments for Octagonal Windows

Octagon window in a San Jose bathroom 

Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and visually striking windows we see in San Jose homes. With their special shape, homeowners would be remiss to mask them with a standard shaped window treatment like curtains or blinds. Instead, go with a window treatment that can be customized to the window’s unique shape so you can always reap the benefits of your octagonal window.

What we recommend for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit snugly within an octagon frame, bolstering its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film applies directly to the glass pane, keeping the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.

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Wide Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on wide windows
When talking about “wide windows,” we’re referring to windows wider than 4‘. This covers full wall windows that stretch far beyond what typical window treatments would cover. When designing for wide windows, San Jose homeowners might want to think about how well a window treatment will protect their privacy and block the energy flow and light that wide windows typically allow. Lastly, wide window treatments should be low maintenance in operating, since there’s a lot of window area that they’ll need to cover.

What we recommend for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their simple look works great with wider windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large panels of fabric that move back and forth on a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters add a little better energy efficiency and privacy compared to shades, so if keeping your home cool is a priority, shutters might be your perfect solution.

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Window Treatments for Angled & Rake Windows

Angled window with plantation shutters

Angled windows (sometimes called “rake” windows) are popping up more and more in modern home design. An issue with angled window treatments, similar to octagonal windows, is finding one that fits your window’s unique geometry. Bear in mind as well that several angled windows are in spots that are hard to reach, such as where the ceiling meets the wall at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and shut often is usually best for rake windows.

What we recommend for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the exact angles and shape of your angled windows, but plantation shutters can typically be set at a single, preferred angle so you won’t need to readjust them - ideal for windows in hard to reach places.

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Sliding Glass Door Window Treatments

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

Similar to french doors, the window treatment you purchase for your sliding glass door should allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment should be sturdy and able to withstand all the action a sliding door sees. Lastly, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window styles, since they not only let heat transfer through the glass but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can reduce energy transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.

What we recommend for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Shutters and panel tracks both make opening a shutting a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also offer a range of designs and textures to pick from, opening up your options and giving you more design freedom. Plantation shutters can be built in numerous configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and offer the most energy efficiency of any window covering available.

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Window Treatments for Bay Windows

Plantation shutters on bay windows

Bay windows can’t be missed. The long panes, concave layout, and ample view offered by bay windows are distinct from other windows, and thus need some special consideration when deciding on a window treatment. San Jose homeowners should look at window treatments that complement a bay window’s attention-grabbing geometry, protect your privacy, and look stunning in your living or family room. Luckily, there are a couple of window treatments that can do it all.

What we recommend for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows because each shade covers a single pane, granting you a lot of flexibility in how much window area you want covered. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with the moving tilt-rod and louvers.

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Window Treatments for Tall & High Ceiling Windows

Plantation shutters on tall windows

Regardless of their shape or style, windows that stretch near your ceiling can be difficult to treat. In many cases, the window tops are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day becomes a hassle. That means that homeowners in San Jose with taller windows might want to opt for a window treatment that you can either keep in a fixed position, or open and shut remotely. It would be even better if that window treatment could also effectively block light from coming through.

What we recommendfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can open and close with the quick push of a button, eliminating any hassle whatsoever. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners opt to tilt the louvers to a single perfect position, and seldom, if ever need to reposition them. Both options tackle the biggest problem of tall windows!

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Eyebrow Window Treatments

Eyebrow window with custom shutters
Eyebrow windows are those arched windows that are often positioned above other, usually rectangular windows. As a result of their position and unique shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that few other windows do when it comes to finding your perfect window treatment.

What we recommend for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Shades, drapes and blinds mask the unique shape and any long window treatment might cover the negative space between the eyebrow window and the square window underneath it. Since shutters are custom-manufactured to seamlessly fit in your eyebrow window frame, they’re easily the best option for this window type. 

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Casement Window Treatments

Casement windows with planation shutters
Casement windows are different from the majority of windows. Casements are hinged on one side, and open and shut by swinging in and out, typically via a lever or crank. Because of this unique opening mechanism, casement windows should have an unobtrusive window treatment that can still look great and protect your privacy. So which window treatment is best for casement windows in San Jose?

What we recommend for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for a lever or crank–which means you can open and shut your window without any troubled. Both Roman and cellular shades can also pair well with casement windows, although you might have to work around the material when you want to open and shut the window.

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Get More San Jose Window Treatment Picks

There may be more to consider than just the window style when shopping for window treatments in San Jose. Take a peek at our top picks for window treatments for every room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some in-person help by scheduling a free in-home consultation by calling 916-542-1305 now.