Where Casement Windows Work Best April 15, 2016 You may have heard about casement windows. If you’re shopping around for replacement windows for your home or even your business, you will likely come across the term ‘casement windows.’ Casement windows open on a hinge on one side, either on the top, bottom, or one side. They usually open using a crank, but they can also be designed with a lever operational device. In most situations, casement windows work best in specific situations, rooms, and environments. However, with the right style, these windows can work fine in just about any room in the house. So where do they work best? In kitchens. The window over a kitchen sink would be an ideal place for a casement window. If you place a double hung window there, you will need a little bit of extra strength to be able to open and close them. That’s because of the depth of the sink itself that doesn’t allow you to stand right next to the window and use leverage to open it. A casement window makes it easy to open and close the window and even lock it. Basements. Any basement that has windows usually has casement windows. These can open on a hinge that is along the bottom, but are most common when the hinge is on the top of the window. These windows are generally rectangular and may have a window well surrounding it if they are at or below ground level. Bay or bow windows. When you have bay or bow windows they will usually have one or more casement windows that allow you to open them up to allow fresh air into that particular room. On the sides of picture windows. If you have a large picture window instead, casement windows can be great along the side so that you have fresh air coming into the house and don’t have to deal with the poor appeal of double hung windows. Along transoms. Over doorways you may find some casement windows. This is a good idea for portions of the house where there isn’t a great opportunity to open other windows to allow fresh air in. These are much more common in office or other business style buildings.