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Types of window

Short, wide windows

Short, wide windows

On a narrow wall of a room, it can be useful to accentuate the width of the window. Do this by restricting the height of the curtain to the window ledge. Use a full width pole so that when the curtains are drawn back they lie fully against the wall. Remember that vertical stripes on curtains stress height and lessen the feel of width.

When the problem in a room is a relatively low ceiling properly designed curtains can give an impression of height. Do this by hanging the pole well above the window and dropping the curtains to the floor. A deep pelmet can be helpful in this, using the same materials as the curtain.

Tall narrow windows

Tall, narrow windows may be best served with ceiling to floor curtains. With the curtains fully against the wall when open, the window can become a key feature of the room.

When the width of the room allows, a broader effect is achieved by letting the curtains pull back over a wider section of wall than usual and fitting a pelmet. Remember that the pattern and colour of the curtains can help or hinder the effect you wish to achieve. Big patterns and bright colours on curtains in small and medium sized rooms will always make the space seem smaller.

Tall narrow windows

Arched windows

Arched windowsThese are amongst the most elegant windows around. So do not hide them!

Make them a real feature by placing the pole well above the top of the window and let the curtains draw back completely against the wall. This idea of making the window and not the curtains the focus applies equally to other unusual and beautiful windows. To get the best effect, curtains should be subdued in both pattern and colour.

Dormer windows

There is always a shortage of wall space beside dormer windows. Using conventional curtains a large part of the window glass is sure to be covered. This reduces light and can produce a claustrophobic tunnel effect.

A sensible idea is to hang the curtains on a curved track so that they lie against the side walls when they are open. Whilst this limits the range of curtain fittings that can be used, it maximises the value of the window. Where necessary, tie-backs can be employed to keep the open curtains neatly within the window alcove when they are open.

Dormer windows

Bay windows

Whilst bay windows are very common, they do pose a number of design and fitting problems. A curtain across the bay may allow the use of a pole, but will seriously reduce the space in the room. Flexible tracks are ideal for bay windows. The key question then is how many curtains to hang. Multiple curtains can help with privacy and can hide poor quality window frames. In addition, the curtains can be accommodated within the bay, leaving the outer, flat wall free. In addition, multiple curtains can emphasise height in a room, especially when the track is fitted well above the top of the window.

When using just a pair of curtains they will need to draw back, partly at least, against the flat wall. A single pair of curtains fitted like this can be used to emphasise width.
For both types of fitting it is useful to employ a return-to-the-wall system to provide a tidy finish. To do this, simply continue the curtain past the end of the track and slide the last hook into a screw eye fitted to the wall.

Bay windows