Window Treatment Ideas for Hard-to-fit Windows

Linda Pastor Hodnett
Updated December 24, 2015
sunroom with Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades by Decorview
Window treatment design has become incredibly sophisticated, providing innovative solutions for even the toughest window shapes and placements. (Photo courtesy of Decorview)

The excitement of decorating your home can turn to dread when you realize one or more of your home's windows are considered uniquely shaped.

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As beautiful as these architectural details may be, choosing window treatments for them presents a challenge since most home improvement stores only offer blinds, shades, shutters or drapery for standard window shapes and sizes. Rather than give up and keep your unique windows bare, consider custom window treatments that will be fabricated to your window’s exact specifications.

Interested in finding out what solutions are available for your hard-to-fit windows? Check out our guide below. 

Irregularly-shaped windows

Many custom blinds, shades and shutters can be designed to accommodate unique shapes, making it possible to cover all windows in a single room with the same window treatment style. However, keep in mind that some window treatments designed for specialty shapes may not offer the same functionality as those designed for a standard window. Know the limitations of each window treatment before you buy so you’ll be completely satisfied with the level of privacy and light control offered. 

Door windows

If your French or sliding glass door is rarely used and functions more as window, then you can choose nearly any type of window treatment style. Just make sure it allows access to the doorknob and other hardware.

For doors that experience regular use, stick with window treatments that are custom designed for the door shape and include hold-down brackets so window treatments don’t swing away from the door when it’s opened and closed.

Shutters can be an excellent choice for French doors, and traversing blinds and shades are best for sliding glass doors.

Have pets at home? Then skip fabric shades, which can be hard to keep clean when the bottom of the window treatment is at pet level. 

Wall of windows

Pirouette window shadings by Decorview
The Pirouette window shadings from Decorview work well on this wall of windows, even on the angled windows. (Photo courtesy of Decorview)

Although most window treatment styles can cover wide window expanses, all blinds, shades and shutters have a maximum width, therefore it may be necessary to install more than one covering in a single window expanse.

If your wall of windows is two or more stories tall, consider motorization for the windows that are out of reach. 

Skylights

Cellular shades are the most common window treatment style for skylight applications and can be opened manually with a special wand or hand crank, or motorized for added convenience. Hunter Douglas offers several solutions for skylights, including the popular Duette and Applause honeycomb shades, which are known for increasing energy efficiency. 

If choosing the right window treatment for your hard-to-fit windows still feels overwhelming, consider hiring a designer who specializes in window treatments.

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