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How to Figure Out Which Way Your New Minneapolis Casement Windows Should Open

One of the most popular styles of replacement windows is the casement, quickly overtaking the traditional double hung window.  Why?  There are multiple reasons, but ease of operation is probably the top one.  Casements are much simpler to open and close with an easy-to-use crank.  This makes them perfect for hard-to-reach spots like over a kitchen sink.  Older homeowners prefer them as well, since they require very little exertion. And while many people aren’t aware of this, casements can be installed to open out or in.  There is even a style called the French casement, which simply pushes out.



In addition, if you’re installing only a single casement and not two side by side, you’re faced with the decision of whether it opens right or left. And it makes a difference. Photo shown above (as well as others in this article)  – courtesy of our window partners at Marvin – is a three season porch with casement windows all opening on the right side.

So how do you determine which is the best configuration for your casement windows?  Here are a few tips:

  • If you’ve got abutting casements in a corner, the overall look is more pleasing if the hinges are at the corner and the windows swing open to the right. (example shown here)
  • Side by side casements or flanking a picture window?  You’ll get the best look if the window on the left opens to the left while the window on the right opens that direction, as shown below.


These two examples cover possible layouts with two casements close together.  But what if you’ve got multiple windows (as shown in the large photo above), or if you’ve got just one?  In those cases, there are a few other factors to consider.  We’ll be handling that in a future blog post.

Casement windows are in high demand among our Minneapolis replacement window customers.  Casements are the most energy-efficient windows on the market today, other than fixed (non-operable) windows.  If energy savings are at the top of your list, we’d like to talk with you about our various casement window options.  And if you like the Marvin windows shown in this article, you’ll love the fact that we are a Marvin Authorized Replacement ContractorContact us today to see these windows and more at our newly-expanded Savage door and window showroom.



Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.