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Which type of window treatment to use?

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by wendy
(New England)

We just did a beautiful construction project and I am thrilled with the results. Time to decorate a bit now and make it home. We have a rather large window with attached transom in our family room.

It appears as all one window (no wall in between transom and window). The room has 13 foot ceilings and feels a bit cold, so window treatments would certainly warm up the room, I think. I don’t want to block my light, as it is the dark side of the house, though

Is it OK to just do curtains that hang on the sides without a valence over the top of the window or will that look terribly unfinished? I want something that is not overpowering, but adds just a bit of cozy (I also have young kids, so I don’t want anything too fussy). And, if so, what style of hanging curtain?

Pinch pleats, fancy tab tops, etc. The large window consists of: A double hung window on each end flanking a large window in the middle (all are divided light windows) and a transom across the top.

What kind of fabric yardage would you recommend for each panel? Thanks so much for the help! (Hanging curtains would need to be about 112-113 inches to the ground) — Wendy (New England)

Which type of window treatment to use?

Hi wendy

you can hang some double or triple pinch pleat curtain panels. This would look stylish and not to much. This kind of curtain heading works well on long curtains. It keeps them hanging in neat pleats all the way down.

I would then hang them from a chunky decorative curtain rod. The thicker the better as the curtain rod is high up. Take a look over at continental window fashions They sell some really nice curtain hardware (tell them I sent you Which type of window treatment to use?

As to how much fabric you would need. If you are going to have working curtains. then you would need 2 1/2 times the rod width. So if your curtain rod was 100 inches. Then you would need 250 inches of fabric in the width. This is to allow for pleats and spaces.

Most curtain fabric come at 54 inches wide. So in this example you would need 5 widths of fabric (2 1/2 widths in each curtain panel). Then take the drop size of 113 inches. Add 10 inches for hems and that gives you a drop of 123 inches multiplied by five widths. That give us a total of 615 inches (just under 16 yards of fabric).

This is assuming the fabric is plain and not patterned. You will need to allow extra otherwise.

I hope that gives you some pointers to get you on your way.

Best regards

Lee