Lace Curtains or, for that
matter, any Ready Made Curtains installed in an
arch top window can be used in several attractive
different ways. It may seem to be a challenge to
you but there are several ways to enhance the beauty
of the window with curtains and make it a part of
the overall room design.
The easiest plan would be to ignore the arch top
and install curtains on the lower part of the window.
You could have just the side panels tied back or
include a valance over the panels. Most of the arched
windows are separated from the lower part. Doing
this sort of treatment would allow you to leave
the upper part plain or you could perhaps display
statuary or objects d'art in the arched
portion above the curtains.
There are several other very
attractive ways to drape the window and cover the
arch as well. You can install a valance or curtains
on a metal rod that has been curved to fit the arch.
Once the rod has been inserted in the valance it
can be hung on cup hooks that have been placed around
the arch. Don't forget that the length of the arch
is longer than the measurement straight across the
window. You have to allow enough width in the valance
to include this. By itself a valance can be very
attractive but you can also install a curtain in
the straight lower part of the window. If you can
find a valance that is long enough to cover the
straight part of the window it would create the
effect that the panels actually extended all of
the way to the top of the arch.
There are a couple of other choices involving custom
sewing the curtains and/or
valance. A custom valance with an arched top and
a straight bottom hem can be easily made if you
are familiar with using a sewing machine. Measure
the length of the curved rod and use enough fabric
width to gather nicely on the rod. You would first
sew the bottom hem and then lay the material out
flat on a table. Transfer as many as five height
measurements from the arch onto the fabric and sew
from point to point creating a curved double hem
at the top. Once it is gathered on a rod the valance
would conform very nicely with the arch. By placing
curved hems on the top of a pair of panels the same
effect can be achieve. They can then be allowed
to hand straight or tied back.
If you wish to see other treatments for a variety
of window designs you may wish to look at the
here on our window curtain design page or
on this page for additional sewing instructions.
|We wish you the
best of luck in your decorating endeavors.