April 30, 2014

Window Treatment Wednesday: Treat Your Cabin

Despite the chill in the air this week, it is officially that time of year—time to head to the cabin and open it up for the season.

Whether your cabin is up in the woods, on a lake or in a prairie setting, you probably have specific goals in mind when it comes to your cabin’s windows. Most cabin owners want to maximize their view and take in every bit of scenery possible.



“Most of my customers say, ‘The view is what we paid for,’ and ‘We really don’t want anything on our windows,’” explains Diane Larson, the window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s Baxter location. “But then comes the ‘But’ … they need protection from the sun, or they’re too close on one side to the neighbors, or they need to button up the cabin when the season’s over.”

Luckily there are a number of window treatments that are perfect for a cabin setting—whether it’s “up north” charm, minimalist, or lake home—that also provide energy efficiency and low upkeep. Most shades can be cordless for a clean look.

“Roller or solar shades are great choices because the stack is minimal and homeowners can choose a fabric that gives them the opacity or privacy they like,” says Larson. “Some homeowners want to filter out the UV rays but still see through, or have total blackout for when they’re closing up for the season.”

Wood blinds are another popular option for the cabin. “Leaving them down in the open position gives a cozy feeling with some privacy,” says Larson. “The tilt reflects the sun and then closes for a good night’s sleep.”

Cellular shades are energy efficient and offer privacy for nighttime and when the cabin’s not in use. Cabins with elevated ceilings and tall windows, or windows over larger spas or bathtubs are ideal spots for motorized window coverings.

“Top down-bottom up shades are also popular, especially by well-used pathways around the house. It gives a sense of privacy and still lets the light shine in,” says Larson.

As you’re getting your cabin ready for the season, it’s a good time to consider whether your cabin’s window treatments still perform as needed. There are a number of great window coverings available that will help you get the most out of your beautiful summertime views.

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