If your basement windows are uncovered, you're not alone. It’s hard to find a window treatment that brings in the natural light this part of your house desperately needs, while providing privacy. And if you have small windows, covering them and incorporating them into your décor becomes an even bigger challenge. Not to mention, basements are notorious for higher than average humidity. That greatly affects the type of window treatment you buy.
The simplest way to figure out which window treatment is best for your basement is to start with the type of basement you have.
Window Treatments for Walk-Out Basements
If you have a walk-out basement, you don't have to worry as much about dampness and mold with window treatments. But you do need to find a window treatment for your large windows that lets you control light and gives your more privacy, especially if the basement is your TV entertainment room.
Draperies can give you privacy. If you choose thicker material and blackout layers, they can even block out most of the light. But draperies hide the beautiful architecture of your basement windows behind their folds. And they get dirty easily and stay dirty. You have less light control with draperies as your only option is to move the panels one way or the other. Light still comes in through the sides of the window treatment.
Take back control of your basement windows with plantation shutters. The shutter panels are encased in a frame that seals off light from the sides. This means ultimate privacy. No one will be able to see in when you have the shutters closed.
You can tilt the shutter louvers for as much light as you need. Consider adding a divider rail so you can control the top of the basement window separately from the bottom. And the weatherstripping on premium plantation shutters provides temperature control that is needed with larger windows.
Plantation shutters are custom-made to match the shape of your windows. In that way, shutters show off the unique angles and curves of your arches and circular windows.
Sliding barn doors are another great option for walk-out basements. You can take advantage of the view outside by sliding the panels all the way to the sides of the window. And the barn doors become a work of art when you close them, adding to the room's décor.
Keep in mind that there might be a gap on the sides where light can come in. That's due to how the barn door is mounted.
For the door in your walk-out basement, look for a sturdy window treatment that can handle all the times you'll open and close it. Blinds and shades rattle against the glass. And when you tie them down to the frame, they don’t look finished. Plantation shutters are permanently fixed to the door. They won’t budge when you swing the door open. And you can adjust their louvers for more or less light.
Shutters are also perfect for walk-up basement doors.
Window Treatments For Look-Out Basements
For look-out basements, dampness and mold growth may be a concern when deciding on a window treatment. So you’ll want one that’s beautiful and can handle humidity.
Premium wood and synthetic wood shutters can be moisture resistant. Some plantation shutters have been shown to never warp. And that's exactly what you need in your look-out basement.
The custom look of plantation shutters brings the warmth of wood to this colder part of the house. These energy efficient window treatments save you money on your utility bills year round and make lounging and entertaining in this room a pleasant experience.
Combine plantation shutters with window film for added energy efficiency. This also allows you to open the shutter panels during the day while taking advantage of the benefits of window film. Don’t forget to close the shutters at night. Otherwise, neighbors and passersby can easily look into your basement.
For small basement windows, you can have shutters installed that are taller than the window itself. This creates the illusion of a bigger window. And you still get all the benefits of privacy and light control.
What's the Easiest Way To Buy Window Treatments For My Basement?
Start by finding your local Sunburst store and giving them a call. We'll walk you through the process of buying basement window treatments. This includes scheduling you for a free in-home consultation where you can look at product samples and get a quote. Once you've picked the window treatment that works best for you, we take care of ordering and installing it. It's that easy.