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Window Treatments for Sunrooms

September 12, 2013 Categories: Home Renovation Tips

Blog Post Updated on: June 9, 2022.

In this post you’ll learn…

  • What options you have for curtains, blinds and shades.
  • Learn what your sunroom window treatment options are for various sizes.
  • Need to find and purchase window treatments? View our selection and variety of stylish ways to add a shading system to your space.

A sunroom is your own personal oasis where you can bask in natural light while nature surrounds you. As lovely as it is to let the sun shine in, there are times when you want to keep it at bay; and seeing what is going on outside can be refreshing, but having someone see what is going on inside can be exposing. This is where window treatments can help. By using curtains, blinds, or shades, you can control the level of light in your sunroom, and ensure the privacy you want.


Curtains are one of the first things that that come to mind when you think of window treatments and they come in a variety of patterns and styles. When it comes to your sunroom, one option is full length curtains that hang from the ceiling to the floor. This makes an impressive statement in terms of design, especially if the curtains feature bright, bold patterns.

Café curtains are short, and they typically cover the bottom half of the window. This gives you some privacy and some shade from direct sunlight. These are a good option for breakfast rooms and these curtains aesthetically work best with windows that can open rather than windows that feature one large glass pane.

Valences are used as a design element, as they hide the curtain rod and hardware. Being large, heavy pieces, they might not be the best choice for you if you are going for an open, airy design concept. This option could work best for a room that you aim to make dark and warm. Curtains can be paired with blinds for a layered look with or without the use of a valence.


vertical blinds for sunrooms

Blinds come in a wide variety of materials and colors. Wooden blinds are a popular choice, but they can be quite expensive so keep in mind faux wood blinds give you a similar look for less cost. You can typically get wooden blinds in natural wood colors or white. For a sunroom, white is a good choice because it helps keep the room bright and inviting while allowing you the control to adjust the amount of light coming through.

Vertical blinds feature long vertical slats and are a good option for covering large windows and doors. This sunroom window treatment can be hung around your entire sunroom, and is practical for a sunroom with large, floor to ceiling windows. They can be closed or opened or moved entirely to one side to allow the maximum amount of light into the room. These blinds typically come in white, but you can find them in a variety of colors. They are made from several different materials as well including PVC, wood and vinyl.

Indoor shutters are similar to blinds in that they feature slats that can be closed or opened. These shutters, however, are typically attached to the sides of the window with hinges, and the whole shutter can be moved to the side, giving you an unimpeded view. Shutters are too cumbersome for many sunrooms, but they can work well in small sunrooms. Shutters work best in sunrooms with traditional windows because they attach to the window frame.


Instead of having slats, shades feature one piece of material, and there are several types of shades available including roman shades, cellular shades and roller shades. The customizable options of shades are abundant as well, if you have arched, narrow or wide windows, you will be able to outfit these well. When paired with curtains, shades can also work well in sunrooms with large, plate glass windows. They are also an easy treatment if your sunroom has a number of traditional windows.

Shades do not have to completely block out the light. You have the option of purchasing shades made with translucent materials. Bamboo shades also let light into the room. Because shades can make your room very dark, many people choose lighter colors for their sunroom shades. Translucent shades also help the sunroom keep its open, airy quality.

Treatment Tips

window treatments for sunrooms

Always remember that no window treatment has to cover the whole window, especially in a sunroom. Many people choose to hang their treatments on the lower windows in the sunroom. This allows you to sit in the shade, and it gives you privacy while still allowing the natural light to come in through the upper windows.

If you use a curtain or a valence with a bold pattern, choose neutrals and/or solid colors for your furniture so that they work harmoniously together. In order to integrate the bold pattern with neutral furniture, you can choose to upholster one piece of furniture in the same fabric as the curtains or the valence to help tie the design together. If you have furniture with bold patterns or colors, the opposite rule applies, choose neutral and/or solid curtains.

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to choose a window treatment option that is easy to adjust. The light is always changing in a sunroom, and you will adjust your shades, blinds, and curtains to match the time of day. So it makes sense to have something that is easy to use and adjust rather than something that is heavy or cumbersome.

Take your sunroom to the next level in terms of design by updating your design with one of our many window treatments for sunrooms.

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