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Bow Window Curtains Part 10

Curtains for Bay and Bow Windows, Uneven Windows and Corner Windows

In our last lesson we learned about the heading types and curtain tracks, in today’s lesson we will learn about Curtains for Bay and Bow Windows, Uneven Windows and Corner Windows.

In this lesson today we will focus on Curtains for Bay and Bow Windows, Uneven Windows and Corner Windows.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and Bow windows are a wonderful feature in a home but can be destroyed in an instant with poor choice of window treatments. So pay attention.

Bay windows have a series of individual windows creating an alcove, they often have a window seat below, or frequently radiators placed under the windows. The period and style of the home will dictate to a degree the combination of window treatments. Often roller blinds were used on each window then permanently tied back curtains were fixed to the outside of the bay window. Roman blinds are now popular at each window for a simple contemporary look, for a formal elaborate look, swags and tails with full length curtains for each windows. A more informal cottagey look is festoon blinds with a fixed pelmet – adding all the frills you need!

Curved tracks now mean that you can have the curtains stacked back off the windows to show off the window joinery.

See photographs of bay and bow windows

Read article on bay and bow windows

Corner windows

A single window at the corner of a room, makes it difficult to use full length curtains as there is not an even space to stack back the curtains off either side of the window. You could do this but it can alter the balance of the window, especially if the window is paneled and the curtain in the corner would be exposed to more UV light and deteriorate faster than the other. So depending on the width of the window you could use one curtain and drape it back and tie it to one side of the window or tie it centrally. A better option is to use a blind that sits at the top of the window and doesn’t need any room at the sides. A roman blind, festoon, balloon blind, timber slat venetians, vertical louvers or roller blinds will work.

See photographs of corner windows and windows that meet at a corner

Two Windows that meet at a Corner

You can use a continuous curtain track to curve around the corner and use two curtains one at each end of the track to allow full vision out during the day. Or you can use double curtains for each window. This will mean that you have two curtains in the corner and it can get bulky and you will lose some of the view. A pelmet or valance can bring the two windows together to work as one. If these windows are short you are probably best to use a roman or festoon blind over each window this frees up the corner for best use of the view.

Uneven or Asymmetrical Windows

If uneven windows are close together, then treat them as one unit. If the height of the window is different, which does occur in some older homes that have had numerous alterations over the years, Then use a pelmet or valance to cover the track and disguise the differing heights of the windows. If the windows are not close together, then use the same window treatment for both, keeping the track height and length of the curtain the same. Roman blinds can be used above the window to alter the visual height of the window, the folds come down to cover only a small portion of the top of the window, and the lower one can appear to be the same height as the higher window. This works for small to medium windows but is not ideal for large windows as the blinds become too heavy to raise and lower. Using full height curtains will alter the appearance of height differences between the lower edge of the window and the floor.

You have just finished reading part 10, if you still have time, this was a short lesson, go and read your related articles, if not come back again and read them in your spare time. In three days time you will receive your next lesson, if you don’t receive it in three days, then look in your spam email box, and if you just can’t wait for three days the you can find part eleven here online.

Bye for now


Lee Brown

Curtain Design Ecourse Coordinator