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Tips on Determining Which Way a Casement Window Should Open

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Casement windows are a popular choice for various homes, and they particularly work well in kitchens and bathrooms. Handing is the term used to refer to the direction in which casements open. When determining window handing, make sure to visualize the window from outside your home. From Curb Left (FCL) windows have their hinges on the left while From Curb Right (FCR) windows have their hinges on the right. 

To determine which way your casements should open, here are a few things to keep in mind.


Position the hinges on the outside so that your casement windows will open like double doors. This will also allow more natural light and prevent any spaces from forming between the panels. It will keep dust from accumulating and prevent bad insulation from affecting your indoor comfort during winter.

Interior Design

Design professionals usually position the hinges of casements close to the corner of the room so that the windows open toward the center. This creates a more balanced aesthetic for your interior space. 

Home Ventilation

You can place FCL and FCR windows side by side so that they will open like double doors, allowing more air to enter your space. This significantly improves your home’s ventilation, especially when you also have windows installed on the opposite side of the house. This promotes better cross breeze ventilation, which is crucial to your home’s cooling and indoor air quality.

Your Dominant Hand

For your convenience, the direction your casement windows open should be based on your dominant hand. If you’re right-handed, go with FCR windows. And if you’re left-handed, choose FCL windows.

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