The Best Window Treatments for Single-Hung Windows

At one point or another, every homeowner considers upgrading their home, updating decor, and making changes. But home-improvement projects can feel overwhelming — and expensive! One way to make a big impact on your space and stay on budget is to evaluate your window treatments. If you have single-hung windows in your home, you're in luck — treatments for this type of window let you choose from several pocket-friendly options without taking anything away from the room’s overall style. 

Getting To Know Single-Hung Windows

Single-hung windows are commonly found in colder regions and in older houses. In northern parts of the country, many builders preferred to use this type of window because it lets in less draft compared with double-hung windows. Double-hung styles were more popular in warmer areas.

Today, single-hung windows are the standard in new apartment buildings, offices, and homes. Single-hung windows have a sash — or bottom panel — that moves vertically, while the upper sash stays stationary. When open, the bottom sash partially or completely obstructs the upper sash.

Single-Hung Window Sizes

Single-Hung Window Sizes

Single-hung windows come in a wide range of standard sizes, but to ensure proper installation, precise measurements are necessary. Sloppy measurements can mean incorrectly placed windows, gaps, and drafts — all of which add frustration and cost to your project. Most standard single-hung windows come in widths of 24 to 48 inches and heights ranging from 36 to 72 inches. To make sure you get a tight fit and accurate placement, professional measurements and installation are recommended.

Your Single-Hung Window Treatment Options

Window treatments are a surefire way to add pizazz and interest to any room in the house — whether you choose drapes, blinds, shades, or a combination. The right window treatment can catch the eye and become a stunning focal point in the room, or blend seamlessly into the background, creating a quiet elegance and sense of sophistication. Window treatments can be bold and bright or subdued neutral tones depending on your personal taste.

Shades for Single-Hung Windows

Shades for single-hung windows

You can raise and lower window shades just as you would horizontal blinds. Window shades are usually constructed from one piece of fabric rather than combining individual sections. This type of window treatment comes in a variety of types, but the three most popular styles are:

  • Roller shades are created from a single sheet of fabric that's been rolled around a straight, cylindrical tube. You draw this kind of shade down by unspooling the fabric from the tube.
  • Cellular shades have a distinct honeycomb design with air pockets, which provide a bit of insulation to the window.
  • Roman shades (our favorite for single-hung windows) add a touch of luxury to any window treatment, falling in soft folds when pulled up.

Shades come in many different fabrics and opacities, giving you a range of options when it comes to blocking light — or letting it in. You can also choose layered and sheer shade styles, which increases flexibility when it comes to blocking light.

Drapes for single-hung windows

Drapes are a classic, time-tested window-treatment option. Drapes can be made of a fabric of any weight, texture, or color, and usually, come with an accompanying lining. Typically, drapes are sold in pairs. They are a formal choice — but surprisingly flexible — and can be utilitarian, to block light or just part of the decor. Drapes typically puddle or skim the floor, but can be adjusted to suit the style of the room.

Drapes help insulate your home from heat loss, and also help absorb sound. Many homeowners appreciate their versatility and convenience, as well as their multifunctional purpose and classic look. There are various drape styles available, but for most single-hung windows, you might consider choosing valances. Drapes should be professionally measured and installed to ensure correct placement.

Blinds for single-hung windows

Window blinds consist of multiple horizontal or vertical slats that tilt open or closed to let in light — or keep light out. Blinds are connected to each other by cords and come in many different materials. This makes them an extremely versatile window-treatment option. You can choose to adjust the angle of the slats to suit your light needs, close them completely, or pull the whole set open to let in maximum light.

Blinds are easy to clean — simply wipe down with a damp cloth, or use a special dusting tool that cleans each slat. Vinyl or faux wood blinds are two good options to consider if you live in a humid area, as they repel water.

The Energy Efficiency of Single-Hung Windows

Windows play a big role in retaining and managing a home’s energy efficiency, and single-hung windows tend to be more energy-efficient than double-hung windows. Because double-hung windows have two sashes that can be opened, the potential for heat loss is higher than with single-hung windows, which only have one movable sash.

One downside to single-hung windows is that they can only be opened using one sash, limiting ventilation capabilities when the weather warms up. The type of glass used for single-hung windows also factors into the overall level of energy efficiency.

The Costs of Single-Hung Windows

One of the main reasons why single-hung windows are so popular is their relatively inexpensive price tag compared with other options, like double-hung windows. Their more affordable cost is large because single-hung windows have less complexity in terms of design and mechanics. Typical single-hung windows cost anywhere between $100 and $250 each, though this is only an estimate. Homeowners working with a tight budget could choose single-hung windows to keep initial costs down.

Finding the right window treatment for your single-hung windows can make your space feel brand new, and add instant color and interest to any room in your home. Budget Blinds can help you transform your home with single-hung windows, and with a wide range of stylish shades, blinds, and drapes, you’re sure to find an option that suits your space. Your local Budget Blinds Design Consultant can help you find the perfect balance of functionality and style. Call (866) 787-6616 today and schedule a free in-home consultation. You can also reach us here to find the Design Consultant in your area.    

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