What kind of window coverings are the best for windows in a sunroom?

Sherry Sykes
by Sherry Sykes
  15 answers
  • Gk Gk on Apr 11, 2019

    I think the purpose of having a sun room is to let all that beautiful sunlight in but I do know that it can also get very hot. I would use blinds that you can raise or lower rather than curtains or drapes if you think you have to have window coverings. The blinds may help keep the room a bit cooler when the sun is most intense. I would go without any window coverings if it is at all possible!

  • What exposure is your sunroom? I would try to go without. My personal preference is for curtains only because I live in a hot, dry, dusty place and always have windows and doors open whenever possible. Blinds are a pain in the neck to clean, I like items I can pop in the washing machine and easily rehang with no fuss. I also have a bunch of rescue pets and visiting small children.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 11, 2019

    Hello, Thats a personal choice, best determed by your design aesthetic. I am intrigued by the natural or stained wood tone matchstick shades that bring the natural woodtones to the room. White shades or shutters might be an alternate consideration if you like the more sterile clean crisp look.

    It might be best to pause, outfit the room and see how your furnishings and room feel which might influence your choices in both color and texture for blinds or shades. Alternatively a ceiling fan or minisplit could help cool the room if the suns intensity becomes too uncomfortable for the room

  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Apr 11, 2019

    How lovely!

    I would check into some sort of covering that can be completely out of the way or that can go from the bottom up or top down so that it is more flexible. Roller shades with two rollers and a looped chain mechanism are one version of this that I have seen. (Restaurants often have this type of covering so they can let in natural light without blinding the patrons.) It is such a lovely room that I would recommend investing in what you really want the first time, even though it might be a bit costly.

    One other note: keep in mind that any covering you can see out through, people can see in through when you have lights on inside....

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Apr 11, 2019

    The purpose of a sun room is to bring in the outdoors. That said, your style, budget and how you use the room, especially at night, will determine the type of material you'll want in a window treatment. Your concern, I'm guessing, is what type of materials to use that will stand up to UV light, heat and the like and provide adequate privacy at night. Anything that is sold for outdoor use will be good. If you're looking for a softer feel around those giant upright posts, something sheer would do the trick. Hope that sends you in the right direction!

  • Michelle Michelle on Apr 11, 2019

    Hi! Maybe extend your privacy fence across the back of your yard and plant high shrubs or fast growing bushy trees to help block out the neighbor's view of the sunroom (if that's what you're trying to do). :)

  • 17335038 17335038 on Apr 11, 2019

    Agree with Michelle's comment that by leaving the sunroom windows uncovered and by extending the fence in the backyard, you will have more privacy without compromising the light in the new sunroom.

  • William William on Apr 11, 2019

    Personal choice. Blinds, curtains, window film.

  • Dee Dee on Apr 12, 2019

    I absolutely love Lowes LEVOLOR Tatami Light Filtering Cordless Bamboo Natural Shades or just roll up Coolaroo Mocha Light Filtering Cordless High-density Polyethylene Shades

  • P P on Apr 12, 2019

    I have & love sheers (not too sheer) on expandable rods set inside the frame of each window & I put them like cafe curtains only up to my should level, so I can see the sky above in each pane! I use a green color sheer so the inside & the trees outside blend colorwise & put 2 or 3 per window since less sheer if bunched fuller.

  • Sandy O'Konek Sandy O'Konek on Apr 13, 2019

    We have a sun room also, and it has the cellulose blinds that can be lowered from the bottom or the top of the blind. We almost never use them, the windows have a reflective coating inside and out so the room doesn't heat up at all.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Apr 13, 2019

    Look at some of these pictures for inspiration... there are so many lovely ideas:


  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 13, 2019

    Sunrooms are to enjoy the light the openess;I'd hang flowering plants and greenery across all the windows,get the outdoors yet block the neighbors view in; Roller shades/shutters on the outside for protection against storms & if you go away they provide good protection against break ins also can be lowered to stop some of the suns intensity from burning all your new hanging plants.they can also be lowered partially to allow complete privacy but still get light and air flow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXrNjhDDTb0 big plus is no cleaning of any shutters,curtains,blinds windows inside free of any rods ropes,etc.

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