Maybe you’re dealing with windows behind your living room couch. Or maybe you have specialty windows in a vaulted ceiling or skylights in your bedroom.
You might be tempted to skip window coverings altogether for them, as they will be hard to mount and operate. But not doing so may let in outside air, overworking your HVAC, while harmful UV rays can over time damage furnishings and flooring. Additionally, you may also not have the same privacy within rooms without window treatments.
Luckily, with advances in technology, there’s a wide range of window treatment options available, along with varying operating systems to ensure that there’s something for hard-to-reach windows too.
Let’s take a look at some of the best treatments for out-of-the way-windows that complement both your windows and interiors.
The Most Suitable Window Coverings for Hard-to-Reach Windows
Here are four popular window treatment options for hard-to-reach windows.
Homes with high ceilings have tall windows which makes it difficult to dress them properly. Also, they may be located in higher areas and open up the room to allow in more natural light. However, covering them can seem daunting as you will most likely need a ladder to mount and adjust them with window treatments.
Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are a great window covering solution for tall, difficult-to-reach windows. Depending on the direction your window faces, that room may be susceptible to energy loss. Cellular shades are energy-efficient window coverings designed to trap air between their layers of fabric to create an insulating barrier that keeps the room at a comfortable temperature. They also come in sun-filtering options that allow in ample sunlight without excessively warming up the room. This also helps curb your AC costs in summer and reduces the need for artificial lighting during the day, further helping save on your utility bills.
Homeowners with children or pets prefer cordless window treatments to avoid strangulation hazards. This makes them one of the safest window covering solutions for families. They can be controlled via remote or app. This makes them ideal for hard-to-reach windows as you won’t have to adjust them manually throughout the day. They are suitable for high windows, skylights, elevated windows in vaulted rooms and those behind furniture. They are available in blackout, honeycomb, Roman and solar shade options, ensuring there is something for every window and room in any home. They can also be preprogrammed to operate at the same time on multiple windows and can draw open and close when there is no one at home. The app allows you to operate the coverings to exactly where you want them. They can also be operated using voice command, making them all the more convenient.
Louvered Blinds or Shutters
A simple window covering solution for hard-to-reach windows is manually-adjusted louvered blinds or shutters.
Once installed, these window coverings can be operated using a cord pulley system. Alternatively, the louvers can be lowered and kept open depending on the amount of light and air you want. They tilt at an angle of 45 degrees, and natural light can either be directed towards the ceiling or floor, so there’s no need to worry about faded furnishings or glare. This also prevents anyone looking in.
They can also be paired with other window treatments such as a cornice board or valance for a decorative touch.
Roman shades come in a range of varieties such as cascade, relaxed and motorized. When installed on hard-to-reach windows, they can be mounted with a longer cord for ease of accessibility. Their appearance makes them suitable for both homes and offices.
However, it’s vital that you get a professional installer as they are constructed to fit within precise measurements. So, the installation needs to be equally precise to ensure they look good and operate well.
When drawn open, Roman shades offer a beautiful stylistic border to the window frame while remaining within the framework. When closed, they’re great at keeping light out and offering privacy. However, the amount of light blocked greatly depends on the material the shades are made from.
Choosing the right window treatment for hard-to-reach windows comes down to your preferences, requirements and budget. By considering these factors you ensure you get the best window treatments for your home. Remember, it’s essential to find a permanent solution for inaccessible windows. This way you avoid the frustration that comes with having to haul a ladder around to adjust them.