How to Cover Transom Windows

Often with transom windows, you may opt to keep them open with no window covering.  But, in instances where you need additional privacy or the ability to deflect light, it may be necessary to cover your transom windows.  Since transom windows are odd sizes, Payless Décor is a great place to shop since we are able to customize our window treatments to your exact specifications. 

First, you will want to decide if you will be inside or outside mounting the shades or blinds.  Typically inside mount is favorable when possible. You also will want to consider if you are covering a window below it - in that case it is almost always preferable to use the same mounting technique for the top and bottom window to provide consistency.  Once you decide, we have some easy to follow inside and outside mounting instructions CLICK HERE:

After you choose the mount type and marked down your width and height, you can look in the blind or shade category of interest to see the specifications offered.  Generally what you are selecting for your window treatments for the windows will work just as well for your transom window. You will also need to decide it if is going to be operable or not. If you do plan to raise and lower it, you may choose to consider a motorized option, otherwise you may need a ladder nearby.

Here is an example that uses cellular shades for the transom and regular windows.

Transom Cellular Shades

Here is an example that uses bamboo shades for transom windows. Note, the shades are outside mounted and cover both the top and bottom windows, and are accented with drapery.

Bamboo Shades for Transom Windows

An example with solar shades covering both the top and bottom windows.

Solar Shade Transom Windows

Finally, you can choose to add drapery panels around the window to cover the transom windows.  This will allow for the transom to remain open with light flowing through and then use the drapery panels for privacy and light control when needed.

Transom with Drapery