There is a lot to think about when designing a home,

as many people simply overlook window treatments. In

this article, I’m hoping to help you avoid the common

pitfalls involved and help you save some money.

When using decorative casing such as shutters and 2

inch plantation size wooden blinds, you should always

make sure that you have at least 2 1/2″. When you

have a double or triple window encased within one

window opening, you may want to use a vertical trim

strips between each window. Make sure that you include

this when measuring the depth. Even though it is less

common decorating sliding doors, make sure that you

include the handle when you measure, as the usual

depth for this is 4 inches.

There are several different styles of window treatments,

such as circular, arced, eyebrow arched, or even

angles. All of them are beautiful and appealing,

although very restricted when it comes to choices,

especially when you are working with eyebrow and 1/4

arches.

When you are dealing with French doors there are a

few things to keep in mind. The doors will normally

swing open into the home, which could cause problems

with the valance you use. Consider using a valance

mounted to the door or allowing the doors to swing

outward. When you are considering shades, blinds,

or shuters, don’t forget to consider the handles and

locks.

Make sure that when you are considering window

treatments that you remember window placement as

well. There are many restrictions when you have

chair rails or base boards going around the opening

of the window. There could also be a problem with

the placement of the drapery as well.

The drapery may not stack back sufficiently or the

outside edge may not extend to the outside of the

window. Things can go much easier if you have the

same amount of space on each side of the window, so

you should try to center the window whenever you

can.

When you place the window, make sure that you leave

enough space between the top of the window and the

ceiling. There should be at least 2 inches for

bracket placement. When installing a wood header,

make sure that it extends to the ceiling and that

the heavier treatments are mounted in the wood. If

you aren’t using wood headers but instead mounting

into sheetrock you should use molly or toggle

bolts for the best possible protection.

There are other things you need to consider when

it comes to windows. First, you’ll need to make

sure that all windows are accessible even those in

an unfinished attic. This will help make things

easier for future decorating or expansion of the

room. Also, make sure that the windows in the

room are the same style.

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