Bay or Bow Windows
Three options present themselves for bay and bow windows. Their usefulness
depends on your particular setup and desires for the finished product.
one valance over all involved windows, then give each window its own
blinds or cafe curtains. This will give a more casual appearance but
also offers a great amount of light control.
curtains on a bay or bow window rod. This allows each window to have
its own set of curtains, if desired, while eliminating the potential
problems of conflict between multiple rods within a small amount of
space. Add a drapery panel on each end of the overall unit for added
drapery panels and valance on a straight rod on the outside of the recess
holding the window unit.
You might consider swivel rods for your curtains or draperies. This
allows them to be rotated out of the way when you wish to access the window-opening
windows that converge at a corner of the room as a single unit.
a panel at either end of the unit. For a more dramatic look, hang a
third panel in the corner. Alternatively, you can decorate the top with
swags and replace the panels with jabots.
a corner rod. This avoids an ugly empty area in the corner without having
to deal with two rods conflicting with each other where they converge.
they open inward, be especially careful that they can clear all soft
treatments. Make sure stackbacks completely clear the door. A high-perched
valance may be the best option.
not use puddled drapes or curtains, even for sliding doors, as they
can still catch.
the draperies or curtains to the windows of the doors themselves
swivel rods. Dormer windows generally offer very little room to stack
open curtains or draperies. Alternatively, use the lightest weight curtains,
which take up less space when stacked.
your treatment to the outside of the recess containing the window. A
valance and two side panels is the usual treatment.
- Use bent rod kits. These curtains, however, will be stationary.
- If the window is rectangular with a specialty shaped top, such as
an arch, string a cafe curtain across the bottom section only.