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What to Consider When Buying Floor-to-Ceiling Window Treatments

Floor-to-ceiling windows are an incredible architectural feature, allowing a home to be flooded with natural light. At the same time, however, floor-to-ceiling windows come with a unique set of challenges that standard-sizes options do not. Primarily: they offer almost no privacy or insulation, and the light they let in can be overpowering at certain times of day. This makes choosing the right window treatments essential to creating comfort and energy efficiency in the home.

Before making the plunge and committing to your window treatments, make sure you do your research. Here are some of the best window treatments for floor-to-ceiling windows – all lifestyles and seasons considered.

Blackout curtains

If privacy and energy efficiency are your goals, blackout curtains are a top choice. They’re one of the most energy efficient options on the market for floor to ceiling windows because of the extra layer of insulation they add. We love this option for kids’ rooms and nurseries. Not only do they block out early morning light, allowing your little ones to sleep in past the crack of dawn, but they keep the heat inside during the winter months.

Motorized Shades

Motorized shades are an effortless and modern option for your home. While motorized shades can be made of material that offers near blackout coverage of your windows, giving you optimal privacy and insulation, their true draw is their ease of use. If you decide you’d like to have the whole window exposed during the day- or maybe just half- motorized shades are easy to control and adjust to your liking whenever you choose with the push of a button.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades offer the best of both worlds: privacy and light, too. With pleated shades you get the major benefit of privacy while the shades simultaneously let in muted natural light. Decide that you want a little more light in your life? Easily adjust the shades to open your entire window.

Vertical Blinds

If you’ve got your heart set on blinds, vertical ones are the way to go, since traditional-style horizontal blinds would be too heavy to raise and shut on floor-to-ceiling windows. Easy-to-maneuver pulley systems and levers make vertical blinds the best option, since they can be adjusted in a single motion.

Roman Shades

If you have a home with a window facing directly east or west, you know the struggle of trying to prevent everyone in the home from being blinded by the sun as it sets or rises while still trying not to completely eliminate all of the natural light in the house. Roman blinds are great horizontal window treatment option for floor-to-ceiling windows, especially for windows positioned in areas of direct sunlight in the morning or evening hours. They allow as much window to be exposed as desired with a pull of a string. Additionally, the protection from the sun that Roman shades. offer also aids in keeping the home cool and protected from direct light.


The Shades Company offers a full line of floor-to-ceiling window treatments including all of the options listed above. All of our window treatments can be custom made in the fabric or material of your choice to seamlessly fit in with your style and lifestyle.



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