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Window Treatment Idea for Bay Windows or Bump Out

Window Treatment Idea for Bay Windows or Bump Out Window

Bay windows and bump out window can be challenging when it comes to window treatments.  There is no instructional manual to follow.  The internet is full of ideas on how handle different bay windows.  Here is a solution for a bump out window.  Watch the video where a cornice is added to the top of the window.  Sheer curtains are added to the sides to soften the opening.

How do I hang Drapes and Curtains?

How do I hang Drapes and Curtains?

Hanging Curtain Panels is not that difficult.  This video will show you how to do it correctly.

Roman Shade and Curtains

Window Treatment Layering with Roman Shade and Curtains

Do you want a really nice professional looking window treatment configuration?  Then you should consider the idea of window layering.  In the video above, the designer chose to install a flat roman shade as the under layer.  The shade is fully functioning for privacy and light control.  The over layer, the designer added side panels in silk.  Doesn’t this look beautiful?  The Roman Shade fills the center with a beautiful fabric.  Without this treatment, there would just be wall space.

The second benefit of this particular layering is light control.  This is perfect for someone who works at night and sleeps during the day.  Dropping the shade does a good job of blocking the light.  When the curtains are closed, the light is nearly blocked 100%.

How to Measure for Custom Window Treatments

Single Pleat Curtain

Single Pleat Curtain

Measuring for the perfect Window Treatment is easy and rewarding.  Getting the right window treatment for your home will look fabulous and be rewarding for years to come.  We have done window treatments for TV shows, designers and many hotels and commercial spaces as well as home owners across the USA and Canada. Dealing with many different spaces for over 15 years has made us leading experts in the industry of custom window treatments.

You many not know this but there are tons of details involved with creating draperies and custom valances.  From the fabric that you select to the pleats and lining that you use, there are so many choices to make throughout the process.

Many of our clients are overwhelmed when it comes to measuring for custom window treatments.  In fact one of the biggest searches online is “how to measure for custom window treatments”.  We know that is a huge obstacle when trying taking on this job so we are here to help you overcome that fear.  It is easy!!

Whether you have a wall of windows  or a single bathroom window to dress, the formula is the same.  You can click on the link to our measuring guide or call us and we will walk you through the process.  There is no need to pay the price by going to a local workroom when  you can do it with ease right here online and save a ton of money. You will get the look that you want and feel better about not spending the extra money on the decorator charges.

One of the questions that you will need to know when ordering online is how many widths on the drapery do you want.  Just so you know, the width is how wide the fabric comes off the bolt.  Most drapery fabrics are 54″ wide.  Once we hem the sides the width will be 48″ wide.  Now 48″ is a flat width of a panel once it is spread out (un-pleated)  If you’re simply covering a small-to-medium-size window (36-54) inches wide), you’ll most likely want to go with one single-width panel on each side. If your window is wider than that you would use one and a half width panels or 2 width panels for over 98″ wide.  The double-width sizing allows for a really nice stack-back when the draperies are drawn open.

When you are selecting a style, the pleat refers to the tailoring at the very top of the panel. There are a lot of styles to select from.  If you want to stick with styles which are gender-neutral and fit for both contemporary and traditional homes, consider the single panel (seen here) or a top-pinch 3 finger traditional pleat. You’ll never go wrong with these two.  If you want to select something a bit more contemporary, go with the flat panel or the grommet top.  The grommet panel has been very popular in the past few years.  See grommet panel drapes below.

grommet panel drape


Measuring for the length would depend upon if you have drapery hardware or not already hung.  For the most part, the length is fairly simple.  If you do not have hardware hung.  Just measure from the top of the casing and add 4″ and then measure to the floor.  Keep in mind that the drape when hung on rings will drop down below the ring, so if you have hardware, you can measure from the bottom of the ring to the floor.  I like to go right to the floor but some people like to go 1/2″ above so that it does not hit the floor exactly.  Always take note if you have carpet and/or pets, you may want to go 1/2″ up from the floor.  Please refer to our guidelines on measuring for custom window treatments for the best answers to all your questions.

If you are looking for a roman shade, valance or cornice..stay tuned as we will be doing a blog shortly on how to measure for those.



Bed Scarf and Matching Pillows

Bed scarf and Matching pillow

www.fabricworkroom Bed Scarf and Matching pillows

One of the best ways to make your bedroom look like a custom designer styled bedroom is with a bed scarf and matching pillows.  Simply adding bed scarves to the foot of your bed really adds flair to your room.  However you can really achieve a custom look by adding a pop color or design bed scarf and coordinating it back to the custom pillow.  Remember any time that you select your very own fabric to make a custom product for your home, you automatically make it look amazing.  The more you match and coordinate to your personal style the better it feels.

Most upscale hotels and inns have moved towards using bed scarfs rather than bedspreads and comforters.  There are a couple of reasons.  First is cost.  A bed scarf is a fraction of the cost.  The amount of fabric and labor are greatly reduces.  The other is maintenance.  Bedspreads and comforters in a heavily used hotel needs frequent cleaning.  This is a big and expensive undertaking.  Also, the wear and tear during cleaning shortens the usability of bedding.  Hotels now use simple white lightweight comforters that are easy to clean.  The bed skirts rarely need to be cleaned and last for years.  Hotels then match the bed scarf to pillows and often curtains.

You can now use the same cost saving strategy that luxury hotels use.  For roughly the same amount of money, you can do a bed scarf, pillows and curtains for the cost of a custom comforter and pillow shams.  You get an incredible designer bedroom at a great price.

In this picture you can see how wonderful it looks by simply added a dash of color in the custom bolster and bed scarf.  It is easy to do at   We always recommend ordering free fabric samples and seeing how they look in your home.  Custom products take 2-4 weeks to make.

Here is a quick tip for folding a fitted sheet

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