Half Circle Windows?

I have awesome floor to ceiling windows, but whats with the half circle at the top? What options do I have?

Half Circle Windows?

Half Circle Windows, or Round Top Windows were very popular in the US 20-25 years ago. They are a great touch to any room with tall ceilings and in entry halls. Many times a person will move into a home with round top windows, and find that there are no blinds! These are cool windows, but the sunlight is too much. 

If the previous homeowner took the blinds with them, there are options. There are some different blind options for these type of windows. A basic design is a type of blind that resembles an old hand fan. These are great for minimizing sunlight, are a more cost effective option and come in a variety of materials and colors. 

Another option are the Sunburst Shutters, custom from Kirtz Shutters. This amazing design is perfect for Half Circle Windows. Not only will it be a custom fit for your particular window, but it is also fully functional as well. The curved rod on the Kirtz Sunburst Shutter allows all of the louvers to move together in unison. As with all of Kirtz Shutters, they are completely custom from the design to the color!

If you are wondering about this, and other custom shutters, reach out to the folks at Kirtz Shutters, the best in Oklahoma!


Special Projects: ellipse eyebrow shutter

Another unique custom shutter to move through our facility recently was an ellipse shape that was destined for a home in Florida. There are a few features that made this plantation shutter stand apart from the rest.

1) Solid Walnut Plantation Shutter
2) Special 7″ deep framework served as an extension jamb designed to work with European style windows made by Tischler Und Son windows.
3) Unit size was 136 1/4″ wide by 39 1/2″ tall
4)  Ellipse shape required the hands of our most skilled artisans.
5) Shutter panels on the wings had fixed louvers per the customers request and the center pair were operable.
This walnut shutter spanned over 136" wide

This walnut shutter spanned over 136" wide

Notice the elliptical curvature of this custom walnut shutter.
Notice the elliptical curvature of this custom walnut shutter.

Do you have a highly custom project?  If so, we can help!  Call us at 800-416-6455.


Triangle Windows (aka rake windows) and Plantation Shutters

Architectural Shaped windows such as triangles, arch tops, ovals, circles and hexagons all present many challenges when choosing a window covering.

This blog is focusing on triangle shaped, or Rake Top window openings.

Plantation Shutters are a great choice for Rake Windows for several reasons

  1. You can treat the entire opening, not just the rectangle portion, thus allowing greater privacy and light control
  2. They are one of the only window treatments that once installed into the shape that are functional instead of fixed, allowing you to control the light that enters the room.
  3. Every type of triangle is possible.  Unlike other window coverings, shutters have no restrictions  on width, height or degree of angle, making even the most challenging of window possible.

Just as your window is an architectural statement for your home, the window treatment you choose should complement and enhance it.  If you choose shutters (which I hope you will) be sure that the company you choose makes all the louvers movable in rake tops with horizontal louvers.  See my earlier post about arch top windows for more info on that subject and why it matters.  If you order a burst shape, be certain that the center hub is in proportion to the size of your window so that your finished product looks like a custom piece of millwork that belongs in your beautiful window.

Custom Shutters from Kirtz Shutters do just that.  The photos below are  a couple examples of homes that used Kirtz Shutters to compliment their triangle shaped windows.
rake shaped windows before plantation shutters

rake shaped windows before plantation shutterspartially open rake top shutters

Knotty Pine Shutters by Kirtz Shutters, Triangle (rake) shaped shuttters

Knotty Pine Shutters by Kirtz Shutters, Triangle (rake) shaped shuttters

A gothic arch show the burst concept for triangle shaped windows

A gothic arch show the burst concept for triangle shaped windows

Arch Windows & Plantation Shutters

Many new homes today have arch windows, often called eyebrow windows.  Most often they are used on the front of a home, to add architectural appeal.  When the homeowner moves in, they often discover that charming window doesn’t come with any easy solution when it comes to window treatments.      One of the best solutions is a plantation shutter.    It offers the best combination of light control (louvers are operable) and aesthetics (it compliment’s the shape of the window).

What makes a good quality arch shutter?  There are two key areas that make all the difference:

Proportion: Special shapes, like arches, take the greatest amount of skill to build, and it should be evident in the finished product.  The top part of shutter, called the rail, should stay the same width as it follows the arch top of the window.

Louvers: These should be moveable into the arch.  Do not be misled by manufacturers who take shortcuts, this is possible!

shutter arch without operable louvers

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