When your window is more than four feet wide, functional window treatments that are beautiful may seem hard to find. But you have more options that you think.

Yes, some window treatment options like blinds may be able to cover the wide window. But with multiple blinds that butt up to each other without a frame, blinds don’t show the window off. Nor do they offer adequate control over light and temperature.

That’s why I put together these 3 window treatment ideas for wide windows. So you can have a better understanding for what works best for your wide windows.

1. Shutters For Wide Windows

Wide windows bring in a lot of light. And plantation shutters give you ultimate light control. They cover the entire window using multiple panels inside a frame for a finished look. Each shutter panel can swing out on its hinge. And the louvers on each panel tilt closed to block out as much light as possible. The frame that encases the panels brings the whole window treatment together so that it looks finished on your wide window.

Shutters on wide window in a dining room

A tilt rod lets you adjust as much light as you want per individual shutter panel. The louvers all move in unison, so you can let in more natural light faster. Depending on how large your windows are, you might even consider having a divider rail installed. A divider rail allows you to control the top louvers  separately from the bottom louvers.

With so much glass, wide windows can lead to high energy bills. Some plantation shutters, such as Polywood®, can block airflow and heat transfer. And that directly translates into energy savings for you.

All that glass also means that you need a window treatment that gives you control over privacy. Plantation shutters for wide windows close all the way to block out both light and curious eyes looking in. Angle the louvers upward to let some light into the room while creating a private space.

2. Window Film For Wide Windows

You wide windows give you access to a beautiful view of your neighborhood. Window film helps you enjoy that view without any distractions. When applied to your wide window, the film may add a tint of color to the glass. You may also choose from different levels of darkening, to add some privacy, but be aware that most window films do not block the view inside the window.

Window film on a wide window

Window film also blocks UV rays coming through the glass. Since wide windows allow more sunlight than narrow windows, it’s essential that you cover them with window film if you’re not going to use any other treatment. It will protect your furniture and carpets from fading.

3. Shades For Wide Windows

Shades are great for dressing up wide windows.  Extremely wide windows may require you to install multiple shades across the width of the window to cover it entirely.   But some shades are available in wide widths.  Roll them down for less brightness. And add a room darkening liner to control light as well as privacy.

Get access to the view outside by rolling your shades up. In the retracted position, shades create a beautiful accent for your wide window.

Get Custom Window Treatments For Your Wide Windows!

Sunburst Shutters has the window treatments you’re interested in for your wide windows. Contact your local store to schedule your free in-home design consultation where you’ll see samples of these window treatments and get an estimate. Our local experts are happy to answer any questions you may have about window coverings for wide windows. Whether your wide windows are in the living room or the kitchen, we’ve got you covered. Contact your local store today to get started on your custom window treatments.