Austin Bay Windows Deserve Beautiful Window Treatments

Tyler Jorgensen

Specialty window types are usually the most visually charming features of homes in Austin - and one of the most eye-catching kinds of those specialty windows are bay windows. Whether from the inside or outside, bay windows grant a sense of coziness and fashion simultaneously - granted that they’re paired with a great window covering.

But how does a homeowner know which window covering to go with? Just as with other specialty windows, bay windows have their own features to keep in mind. Sunburst Shutters Austin will guide you through the checklist for bay window treatments, and offer our suggestions for the perfect partners for your Austin bay windows.

Polywood shutters in a white bedroom bay window. 

What To Look For In Bay Window Treatments

  • Enhance your bay window - A poorly-chosen, generic window treatment might obscure the style of a bay window. Choose instead a treatment that enhances your bay window’s distinctive shape.

  • Control of light and temperature levels - Bay windows can let in a good amount of light and heat from outdoors. You want a window treatment that keeps your house comfortable and allows for climate control.

  • Privacy - Just like a window treatment needs to enhance your bay window’s structure, it also needs to control how well you can see out your home, and how well others can see inside.

The Worst Choices For Bay Window Treatments

  • Metal blinds - Blinds typically diminish the charm of specially-shaped windows, making them look somewhat generic or cheap. They also underperform in controlling brightness as well as temperature.

  • Drapes - Like blinds, drapes bring down the aesthetic of bay windows by covering up their unique geometry, which is one of their main appeals. Control over brightness is also ”all or nothing” when choosing drapes.

  • Nothing - A few homeowners think they should keep a bay window uncovered. The single upside to not installing a window treatment is an increase in visibility, but doing so decreases your options for control of light and energy, and will let people outside your window get an easy look inside the house at all hours.

Recommendations For Austin Bay Windows

Bay Window Cellular Shades

Adjustable honeycomb shades in living room bow window. 

Stylish, budget-friendly, and simple to use, cellular shades are perfectly suited to bay windows. The reason why they work so well on bay windows is the amount of freedom cellular shades offer you. These shades are available in different cell sizes, all the way from 7/16 in. to 3/4 in. and feature a top-down, bottom-up system which lets you raise the shade from the bottom or lower it from the top, so you can get your perfect view while allowing for control of light levels.

Our cellular shades are also available in a wide range of transparencies, from slightly see-through to opaque, so a lack of privacy is not a worry. Also, unlike some other shades, cellular shades never bulk up at the sides or along the top of your window when opened, since they fold in so seamlessly. So you’re able to preserve the classy look of your bay windows even when the shades aren’t in use.

Bay Window Plantation Shutters

Bottom half insulating shutters in den bay window.

Like cellular shades, plantation shutters can give Austin homeowners the ability to show off their bay windows’ geometry while reaping the benefits of an effective window treatment. Plantation shutters one-up cellular shades however, by giving you even more effective control of light and visibility due to their moveable louvers. And because they’re custom-made for your windows, you can have even more freedom in how you accentuate their aesthetic with full or half length shutters.

Since bay windows are typically some of the largest windows in the house, Polywood® plantation shutters’ insulation is a big draw. Polywood shutters can stop up to 30° of heat flow in your house if used correctly, which means that comfort for your home is just a tilt away.

For that timeless wood plantation shutter look, Sunburst Ovation® shutters surpass all similar shutters, having the distinction of being the only five star rated wood shutter currently available on the market. Ovation shutters can also complement the wood border around bay windows.

Get Started On Your Bay Windows, Austin!

You might be doing your room a disservice if you aren’t getting the most out of your bay windows. Let Sunburst Shutters Austin help your interior design soar with our professional experience. Get in touch with the Sunburst Shutters Austin team today by calling 512-549-6077 to set up a free in-home design consultation. We’ll work with your schedule and bring window treatment samples right to your house!