Window Treatments for Sun Rooms

Josienita Borlongan

There are plenty of window treatments available on the market today; however, not all of them would work for sunrooms. Sunrooms are not quite like regular rooms because they are more open and have fewer walls. There are sunrooms made purely of glass, lacking walls or ceilings, making it more challenging to apply window treatments. Take into consideration how you will use your sunroom when you plan for window treatments.

Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters are probably one of the best choices for window treatments, especially for sunrooms. They are very durable, easy to maintain and can provide privacy and better protection from the sun. When it is too hot or cold in the sunroom, tilt up or close the shutters to prevent too much heat or cold from entering. Plantation shutters are perfect for all-glass sunrooms because you can install them inside the window casings. Open some of the shutters wide and then close the rest to give the illusion of having walls instead of just pure glass. Plantation shutters can be very expensive, especially if you have many windows to cover. Choose the PVC (polyvinyl chloride) shutters instead of wooden shutters because they last longer, are cheaper and require minimal upkeep.

Sheer Blinds, Shades or Curtains

Choose sheer blinds, window shades or curtains if you prefer a softer kind of window covering that can provide privacy and prevent too much sunlight from coming indoors. Sheer blinds, such as the Silhouette Collections made by Hunter Douglas, can provide privacy and sunlight control. Sheer blinds are a combination of blinds and sheer fabrics. They can still provide an open feeling and views outdoors because the blinds can remain open while the sheer fabrics can offer sun protection and privacy.

Window shades made of fabric, bamboo or canvas can provide maximum privacy and sun protection when you pull them down completely, which means you would lose the view of the outdoors. To get a partial view of the outdoors, keep the shades open half-way through or install a shade that is bidirectional. This way you can keep the upper half open while the lower part remains closed, allowing some sunlight, outdoors view and privacy.

Curtains can provide insulation, especially when you choose the thermal type. Combine sheer curtains and thermal drapes. When you want to let the sun in, you can draw your curtains and leave the sheer curtains closed to give you privacy, while still allowing enough sunlight to come in and a partial view of the outdoors.

Window Films

Choose window films if you prefer to keep the views outdoors unobstructed and don't want the upkeep of traditional window treatments. Use window films that can offer maximum UV (ultraviolet) protection and privacy. There are window films that would allow you to see the outdoors without letting people outside see inside your sunroom. Some styles come with varying tints from light brown to dark gray.