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Old 10-27-2019, 04:47 PM   #1
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Curtain ideas for these old wood headers ?


Do I place them on the frame or off to the side ? The old hardware is actually nailed to the wood and afraid of pulling it off.
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The rod should be on the wall, above the trim and extended out on the sides a bit.
What is that under the window? A radiator? Whatever it is, I would just stick to blinds or shades rather than short curtains, unless it's a bathroom or kids room.
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You could just do a valance inside the window, or a Roman shade
inside the window.
The woodwork is lovely.
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Altho the rod placement is good in post #4, it's a good pic of what not to do. Make sure the curtain covers the edge of the glass a bit and not hanging next to the window, otherwise it looks like fabric hanging on the wall rather than a curtain framing a window.
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The rod should be on the wall, above the trim and extended out on the sides a bit.
What is that under the window? A radiator? Whatever it is, I would just stick to blinds or shades rather than short curtains, unless it's a bathroom or kids room.
That is a radiator and I did not think of that at all. I have situated them 3 1/2 to the right and up 3 1/2

However since there is hardened plaster like concrete between the slats I am going to need a masonry drill to get through it.

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Altho the rod placement is good in post #4, it's a good pic of what not to do. Make sure the curtain covers the edge of the glass a bit and not hanging next to the window, otherwise it looks like fabric hanging on the wall rather than a curtain framing a window.
Do you have an example of this ?
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You could just do a valance inside the window, or a Roman shade
inside the window.
The woodwork is lovely.
It is what made me fall in love with the house. I absolutely love it but there are a lot of quirks to it ...
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You could just do a valance inside the window, or a Roman shade
inside the window.
The woodwork is lovely.
It is what made me fall in love with the house. I absolutely love it but there are a lot of quirks to it ...like the plaster and now I donít have to use dry wall stuff but plaster stuff and it crumbles really really easily
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The old hardware is actually nailed to the wood and afraid of pulling it off.

On the wall is the preferred method but take care as those are plaster walls.


I always used vice grips or pliers to pull straight out on nailed hardware. This avoids damage to the surface.
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I prefer just a valance or a Roman shade valance.
You already have the blinds for privacy ( if you need
privacy.) We have two windows in our Dining Room
with mantles on top like yours. We made stained glass
for these windows, so I have no curtains, but, a one time
I made small festoons and jabos for the windows. As much as
I loved the festoons and jabos it was too much with the
stained glass. I had to take them down. In your situation
they would look great.

The inside the window drop valances (that Neiltw posted)
are also great looking.

What style is your furniture/decor? ...that makes a difference
in your window dressing choice.

do you sew?
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The old hardware looks like a 3 rod system with a sheer in the center and overlapping drapes.
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While there's tons of pics out there, here's one good site, for a start:

Calico Corners

Click on the Window Treatment Guide. There's a few good examples there.
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Here's a couple pics I found of simple curtains on a window. Note how a small part of the window, trim and glass, is covered.

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