The Guide to Tricky Windows

We all have tricky windows. They only make themselves known when you go about covering them. A tricky window is one with a specialty shape, or one that located in a place that’s hard to reach. Some tricky windows are easily accessible, but require a unique operating system–due to their placement in your home. No matter how difficult the tricky window challenge is, our team at Timan Custom Window Treatments is here to guide you in an effort to gain control. 

The “Specialty Shaped” Windows

Some specialty shapes, commonly found in homes, fall into the tricky windows category. Chances are your home has an angled or arched window in its design. They add style and grace to your entryway and provide curb appeal from the outside. This variation can set your home apart from the rest, but may cause privacy issues in the evenings, or heat and light control problems throughout the day. 

Angled Windows 

Let’s take the angled window variety for example. This style adds a contemporary feel to the home, heightens the look of the room and provides great views to your outdoor space. How can you cover tricky windows that add such dimension to the home? Simple. Working with your window covering expert, we’ll help you in choosing an option that works for your space. By adding blinds, window shades or even plantation shutters, you can improve the look of your angled windows and still appreciate an open feel. There are many options for angled windows.  

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Nantucket™ Window Shades

Arched Windows

Just as angled windows require custom solutions, such is the case with arched windows, too! Good news is,  we can fit the arched windows in your home with treatments that will maintain the special look of your home, but add to the light control. Did someone say tricky windows?

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NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters

In order to allow for a regulated amount of light to enter your home, consider leaving the arched section of your window uncovered. There is no rule that says the whole tricky window needs to be covered! This will allow daylighting to work its magic while the covered portion maintains privacy and light control for your family. 

Applause® Honeycomb Shades

Tilt Turn Windows

The new window in town is the tilt turn window. Influenced by European style, it has it all. This tricky window offers some amazing features like tilting in on and angle, or opening like a door. You will feel like you’re on holiday every day with the “easy access to outdoor space” it provides. Plus, the unique look is everything. But these, by far, are very tricky windows to treat. Guess what? We’ve got them covered!!

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades with the TrackGlide™ System

Have you heard of the TrackGlide™ System? The track runs along the inside edge of the window frame allowing window coverings to slide up and down seamlessly. This treatment will solve all your problems. It’s even possible to control light and provide room darkening when you need it. The top down feature is available with this very capable window operating system as well. 

Window Placement Creates Tricky Windows

There is some peace of mind in choosing standard windows for your home, but they can be problematic to cover as well. The challenge appears when deciding on coverage–you may find your windows too close together, a wall of windows for example. How can you sneak a treatment in? When the placement and layout of the windows is challenging, finding solutions can be, too! All of a sudden, standard windows become tricky windows. We can help.

Bay Windows

Window treatments for bay windows should complement the design of your home and extend this specialty area. A bay window is a unique feature-whether it’s a breakfast nook or an area off the home office- it’s a lovely detailed space, made to stand out. If the framing–in the area of the bay–is too close together, an inside mount for the window treatments is a great option, allowing for effortless coverage. 

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Alustra® Woven Textures® Roller Shade

Coordinating the style of your home shouldn’t overshadow its comfort. After all, we spend a lot of time at home these days. Does your home feel cozy where it needs to, like a bedroom? Or light and airy, in the spacious kitchen? A window covering specialist can help create the perfect atmosphere and address all your needs and concerns.


Tricky windows can be found anywhere, even in the corner of the room. The delightful, open feeling–created by corner windows–is oftentimes difficult to deal with. If you need to diffuse the sunshine, block the light or gain some privacy, covering the corner window is your only option! But, we’ve got ideas to help cover both windows leading into the corner, allowing you to enjoy every inch of your home.  

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Pirouette® Window Shades


Created with daylighting in mind, these short, wide rectangular windows resemble top down shades! They are separate from your other window and can be treated (or not) on their own. When uncovered, they allow for light to spread across the ceiling for a beautiful ambiance, but they can also be covered for light control. See examples of both below and take privacy and heat into consideration before you make a choice!

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Leaving transoms bare in this situation works! See below that shade is provided from the outside tree coverage and the dark ceilings help too! The bare transoms allow for natural light to enter the space beautifully. To cover or leave windows bare is a unique choice based on the specific home, style and preferences of the client.  

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Alustra® Woven Textures® Roman Shades


Skylights are a gift! During the day, they let in the sunshine. At night, you can enjoy the night sky. But in Cleveland, when summer finally hits, that sunshine can become oppressive. Treating tricky windows with custom solutions allows for continued enjoyment of your home all day long. 

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Applause® with SkyLift®

Get Started Today…

Today is the day you take control of the tricky windows in your home! Now that you know there are solutions for every window scenario, you can consider style, function and feel when you choose. Together we can create a vision by providing inspiration and sharing product ideas that are custom to your home. Contact us for your FREE consultation.