casement vs. tilt-and-turn

The Difference Between Casement and Tilt-and-Turn Windows and How to Dress Them

casement vs. tilt-and-turn

Windows are an integral part of our home. We rely on them for light, ventilation, and a view of the outside world. We further enhance their beauty and function by adding window treatments that provide more control over light and airflow.

However, some windows are a little different than their standard double-hung or slide-style siblings. Two special types, Casement Windows and Tilt-and-Turn Windows require some special consideration when choosing window treatments.

Here is a short overview of each and window treatment ideas to dress them up.

Casement Windows


Casements are side-hinged windows that swing outward to open, and they are generally operated with a hand-crank mechanism. Casements are becoming more and more popular because of their versatility and their energy efficiency. They can be used as a main window type in many home styles and are popular nationwide


Because they’re not divided like a single or double-hung window, casement windows can let in a lot of natural light. The crank-out open and close makes casement windows a good choice for anyone with physical challenges that make pushing a window up or down difficult.

Casement windows can take on many different kinds of looks using grilles or art glass. Some casement units are even designed to mimic the look of a double-hung window.

Casement windows are also one of the most energy-efficient windows available: when air blows against a casement unit, it only serves to further reinforce the seal and keep unwanted air intrusion out.


Some homeowners don’t find casement windows as appealing aesthetically as a single or double hung unit. You can’t fully open the windows and there’s no easy way to clean the outside of them.

Dressing Your Casement Windows

Popular treatments for these picturesque windows are soft treatments.  Decorative panels may be mounted wider than and above the window, so when opened, they frame the window itself.  Roman shades or Roller shades also make quite a statement and can be raised out of the way for easy operation of the window.

Soft Treatments/Draperies:
Soft treatments, such as draperies and fabric panels, are popular because they provide a frame for the window without interfering with its functionality (and can be easily adjusted to keep a polished look whether the window is opened or closed).

draperies and roman shades

Roman Shades:
Roman shades can be installed (instead of or in addition to draperies) with an outside mount to create a clean and modern look. Roman shades give you a wide range of materials and colors to choose from, are extremely durable and work well with motorization and cordless installations to ensure maximum safety and convenience.

You can also try dressing your casement windows with outside-mount layered shades for flexible and fashionable light and air control. They look great with soft treatments and can slip out of sight when not needed while giving you a range of options for light and privacy when required.

Roller Shades:
Roller shades are one of today’s more popular choices in window coverings. Available in a wide variety of colors, textures and stylish fabrics. They are easy to operate, affordable and complement any decor.

They roll from the top down, with the fabric rolling down from the back of the roller, or in reverse, effectively concealing the roller.  Roller shades are typically installed in single, double-hung, or casement-style windows.

Tilt & Turn Windows


Tilt-and-turn windows (or tilt-in windows) are somewhat rare in most areas. Typically, tilt and turn windows are double hung windows that can open in two ways: tilting vertically for airflow or swinging horizontally to open completely. In that way, they’re similar to casement windows, though tilt-and-turn windows open in multiple directions.


Tilt-and-Turn Windows can be opened wider than casement windows.  In case of an emergency, you have the ability to transform these windows into emergency exits.  This can be helpful in case of a fire. You can either open them 90 degrees or tilt them to open at 10 degrees.

When the windows are tilted, your children and pets will be safe.  Cleaning them is a breeze too.  You simply swing the window open inward and clean the outside of the window from the comfort of inside your home.


They can be slightly more expensive when compared to other types of windows. And,  it can be more difficult finding a dealer that carries them.

Dressing your Tilt-and-Turn Windows

The biggest obstacle with tilt-and-turn window treatments is finding something that lets your window move freely but still gives you everything you need from a window covering. Here are some recommendations for Tilt-and-Turn window treatments.

Custom shutters are a seamless fit for tilt-and-turn windows. They can be built to fit outside the window opening, giving your window the freedom to move in any direction you need it to. Not to mention, when your window is tilted open only slightly, you can keep the shutter closed – so you don’t have to sacrifice your privacy.

Shutters can also go where other window treatments can’t. Some tilt-and-turn windows are flush with the wall and ceiling. Shutters can install inside the window jamb or around the window opening with frames that maximize view and functionality of the window.

Shutters give you the best of both worlds when it comes to tilt-and-turn windows and are also the ONLY window covering that actually add resale value to your home!

Cellular Shades:

cellular shades

Cellular Shades are one of the most versatile and innovative window coverings in today’s market. They are great for specialty windows such as tilt-and-turn.

These shades feature a unique pleated honeycomb construction to provide both fashion and superior energy efficiency. Raise and lower the shade as needed for light control and privacy with a pull cord, cordless feature or motorized options. No cord holes are visible.

The durable, washable, polyester fabric is available in a wide range of colors and textures in various cell sizes, and in various opacities, from sheer to total blackout.

Roller Shades:
Another great option is roller shades. Like shutters, most roller shades can be installed within the window jamb and roll up completely into the header giving you full access to the opening mechanism of the window. Window shades also give you more freedom than any other option when it comes to colors, fabrics, and patterns to coordinate with the rest of your home.

Roller shades are functional and durable, energy efficient and the shades roll up tight, maximizing your view.

Soft Treatments/Draperies:
Custom draperies and soft treatments have the power to transform the entire look and feel of a room by adding a sophisticated sense of comfort and warmth.

Just like for casement windows, soft treatments are popular because they provide a frame for the window without interfering with its functionality (and can be easily adjusted to keep a polished look whether the window is opened or closed).

Give us a call today at 262-643-8484 and schedule your complementary in-home consultation.  Let us help you sit back and enjoy the view!