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Dormer Window Curtains Part 11

French Windows or Doors

These are glazed paneled timber or metal doors. They are often in a set of two or sometimes have sidelights and / or top lights. They can open inwards or outwards. If they open outwards you can treat them more like a narrow window using full length curtains, and ensuring you use tiebacks or holdbacks to allow access.

If they open inwards then you can use full length curtains but you will need to ensure you have a longer track or rod so you can stack back the curtains on the wall and leave the door or doors so they can swing in. They can be decorated depending on the style of the home with roman blinds, festoon blinds as under curtains or used on their own if there is room above the door.

An alternative treatment for inward opening doors is a casement curtain fixed to the door – this does lose the ability to look through and the detail of the glazed paneling. You could use the option of hinged portiere rods top and bottom, as we have discussed for dormer windows, this means you could use the curtain at night and open it during the day – it works like a shutter only it is fabric.

Read more here on French Windows

Sliding Glass Windows

These windows are usually used to access indoor / outdoor living areas, so they require a window treatment that will allow frequent movement through. Full length curtains are best with a stack back completely off the window (meaning you will need to allow for a longer track or rod) so that the curtains can be held off the windows and allow the sliding doors to be opened. These types of windows are usually large and at night they can allow heat loss, so using an interlining will help reduce this. A pelmet, valance or swags and tails can be used to the top for added decoration, depending on your room theme. I do suggest you use tiebacks or holdbacks so that the curtains don’t blow out the window when the door is open. Solar roller blinds are a better option than sheers or nets, micro blinds or verticals as they are more rigid and won’t bend or get twisted with wind gusts. They also roll right to the top of the window and don’t obscure any view.

Read more on sliding glass windows here

Dormer Windows

Dormer windows are usually small windows in a sloping roof, which means they pop out of the roof and are recessed out of the room.

Because of this recess there is no room for stacking back the curtains and the walls are usually sloping so they would hang awkwardly. As the windows are so small and the only source of natural light, we don’t want to cover them up with window treatments, but as the rooms with dormer windows are often bedrooms we do require them covered at night. A simple roman blind or roller blind is a neat solution, the roller taking up the least space, or short casement curtains hung on a hinged portiere rod, so they can swing open during the day and close easily at night. If you have a country or cottagey theme then a frilled curtain can be used and tied up at the corners to allow light through during the day and then untied at night to release the curtain. The principals for dormer windows can also be used on small and inconspicuous windows like bathroom and laundry windows.

Read more on dormer windows here

Photographs of dormer windows here

You have just finished reading part 11, if you still have time as this was a short lesson, go and read your related articles, if not come back again and read them in your spare time. In two days time you will receive your next lesson, if you don’t receive it in two days, then look in your spam email box, and if you just can’t wait for two days the you can find part twelve here online.

Bye for now


Lee Brown

Curtain Design Ecourse Coordinator