Window Treatment Ideas for Specialty Shape Windows

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Wondering where to find window treatment ideas for specialty shape windows?

Windows now come in many different shapes. Many new homes are adorned with arched, octagon shaped, trapezoid, oval, and palladian windows. These shapes are very often designed without considering what type of window treatment will cover those architectural windows.

Yes, you can usually find ideas for specialty shaped windows but they are limited with the sizes and also function; meaning that sometimes a window covering that can usually be opened in a regular window cannot be opened or can only be partially opened when put into a specialty shape window.

It takes a lot of creativity and research but by in the end every window is coverable. If you have any shape window that is not typical it is worthwhile to look through these tried and true ideas.

Before choosing a window treatment you need to ask yourself:

  • Why do you want these windows covered?
  • Do you need privacy?
  • Do you simply want to protect yourself from the glaring sun?
  • Do you want to add more decorations to your room?
  • Are there any thermal issues in your home?

Some more pointers to think about before choosing a window treatment for a specialty shaped window:

  • Do you want to preserve the architectural look, this special window, creates from the inside?
  • How important is the view? (if of course you have one at all)

You will also need to note that specialty shape windows are divided into two types:

  • Windows that are rectangular on the bottom and have a specialty shape on the top;
  • Or those that are special shapes on their own, separated from the window or door below.

It is important to know the difference since many solutions work only with one of these types and not the other.

Choose your window shape below and you will find a wealth of ideas for your windows.


Extended arch

Eyebrow arch or Elliptical


Trapezoid and Angle-top





Circle or Round


Corner window


Sliding door

French door

Entry door



Bay window

Transom window

Here are some of our popular window treatment ideas:

Trapezoid window shades that open completely

Fanlight door window shades

Arched window blinds

Bay Window Curtain Rod

Mock Sunburst Shutters

Sidelight Honeycomb Shades

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I had no idea how to cut the fabric to match the curvature of these windows. It took a lot of experimenting and ultimately, I made templates with a cheapy …

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I used silhouette for my eyebrow arch window. I have silhouette under it so it looks very good. The only problem is that the vanes don't close …

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