Best Window Treatments

Learn how to choose the best window treatments for your home with these tips for tricky windows, style ideas, and smart hints.


Best Window Treatments for Tricky Windows

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Problem: Skinny Windows on a Long Wall

Solution: Plump up windows by installing an extra-long curtain rod that extends well beyond the window frame, then pushing your panels to the edges of the window frame. For an illusion of height, mount the rod close to the ceiling.

Problem: Arched Transom Above a Window

Solution: Keep the semicircle window bare to emphasize its shape and to maximize natural light. Hang a rod and drapery panels where the arched top and the window meet, which will make tall-ceiling rooms feel more cozy and less cavernous.

Problem: Plain Sliding Doors

Solution: Mount blinds or shade on the wall above the doorframe, which can be drawn for privacy and light control. Unify the doors and disguise the top of the shade or blind headers by hanging a valance from a pole above the door.

Problem: Frequently Used Sliding Doors

Solution: Install stacking panels. The flat fabric panels mount above the doors on a sliding track to follow the natural flow of the sliding door. The visual parallel is striking, while the stack-aside function keeps the decorative treatment practical.

 

Best Window Treatments by Style

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Traditional: Measure carefully and have your panels hit exactly at the floor. Weights stitched into the drapery hems help it hang with more heft and will keep the drapery in place.

Casual: Let curtains lightly skim the bottom of your window frame.

Romantic: Choose extra-long curtains or draperies that puddle on the floor like a ball gown.

Practical: Where privacy and safety are paramount, such as in the bathroom or kitchen, have curtains graze the windowsill, avoiding unnecessary length that could cause fire or a fall.

Minimalist: Opt for crisp wooden shutters. Or adhere frosted decorative window film in a modern, graphic pattern.

Comfortable: Add an extra layer of fabric backing to any curtain or shade for more light control, insulation, privacy, and body.


Easiest Window Treatment Idea

Tricks for Window Treatments

Adapt retail window coverings to create a perfect fit for your windows with these tricks:

  • Add inches by using clip hooks rather than rod pockets to hang curtains and gain a few inches of desired length. The clips will give more length to the treatment, which means you can hang the rod higher (a smart way to make a room feel taller) and your curtains or panels will touch the floor.
  • Make window panels more voluminous by sewing two panels together side by side to create extra fullness.
  • Customize the length of curtains by purchasing extra panels in a contrasting color or pattern. Cut the extra panel and stitch to the tops or bottoms of panels for extra length.
  • Cut an extra panel lengthwise and attach the two parts to the inner edges of your panels for added width. A contrasting color adds a crisp outline.
  • Personalize plain panels or curtains with extra embellishments, such as ribbon and trim. Or stencil a pattern onto the treatment with fabric paint.
  • Make a designer-look roller shade with a fusible fabric shade kit (available at sewing centers) and a yard or two of your favorite fabric.

 


Decorating Lessons: Measuring for Window Treatments
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