Sunroom Window Coverings

Many homeowners find that their sunroom and solarium addition is enhanced by installing window coverings for sun and heat protection. Blocking occasional light is an important consideration that may affect the design and window style of the sunroom addition. Although having ample natural light is the purpose of these attractive and useful rooms, there are times when too much sunlight becomes undesirable. By choosing appropriate window treatments that complement the style of the room and provide the appropriate coverage, families may enjoy their sunrooms throughout the year.

Covering Various Sunroom Window Styles

A good starting point when determining what type of window coverings to use involves evaluating the normal climate conditions and sun patterns in the room. West facing windows typically get the majority of the afternoon sun when the heat becomes undesirable. These windows my require heavier drapes or shades in the early afternoon hours. South facing windows receive the most light during the day but is generally considered the most comfortable because these windows receive more sunlight during cold winters and less during hot summers. Although you might want to use blinds or pull down shades for maximum coverage, installing some sheer curtains to let in light while keeping privacy may not be a bad idea either. East facing windows will receive sunlight only in the mornings. If your bedroom happens to be your sunroom or have large east facing windows, make sure you have some black out drapes so you can sleep. North facing windows receive the least amount of light. If you live in a warm climate year round, a north facing sunroom may be an option. However, we do not recommend north facing sunrooms for colder climate locations as you won't get much sunlight. Regardless of which direction your window faces, you should always consider some type of window covering or treatment for privacy and light control.

Curtains and drapes add a decorative touch that can be custom designed to match furnishings and blend with carpet or flooring. Many choices of ready-to-hang blinds or shades are available for standard rectangular window styles. Covering triangular gable style windows may require custom sunroom window treatments such as shades that have an easy-to-use pull or remote control system for level control. Curved windows may also require custom window coverings or a permanent tinting treatment for UV protection.

Available Sunroom Window Treatment Options

For adjustable light control, sunroom blinds are a practical approach that allows sunlight to be regulated during the day. Available materials include wood, bamboo, vinyl or metal that range in color from white and pale tones to deeper brown hues. Blinds may be purchased in vertical or horizontal styles and are available in stock sizes, custom fits and corded or cordless options. Sunroom shades are an easy to use option that can be purchased in various fabrics that provide limited or full light blocking capability. Made from solid materials, shades offer additional privacy and maximum coverage. Cellular shades add dimension to a room and can be purchased in a wide spectrum of colors. Sunroom curtains made from sheer fabrics add a soft, flowing appearance and moderate light filtering. Floor to ceiling sunroom drapes provide a more formal look and may be desirable if the room is used for dining or entertainment.

Tips for Making the Best Window Treatment Choice

Before selecting sunroom window coverings, the buyer should evaluate both the architectural style and normal function of the room. Sunrooms and solariums that double as family rooms and contain entertainment centers may require heavier window treatments to block sunlight when watching TV. In cooler climates, lighter fabrics with UV protection may be preferred for privacy and for occasional light filtering. All sunroom window treatments should be easy to adjust with the appropriate pulls or remote control systems so that the room can be used by all members of the family. Installing blinds, shades or rolling shutters on the exterior of the sunroom may be desirable for improved control of temperature and noise.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website are opinions of and do not reflect advice from retail professionals. You should always do your own research and consult retailers prior to any purchase decisions.