How to Cover Specialty Shape Windows
Updated: Feb 8
Unusual shape windows add character and unique flair to a home. While these windows are beautiful from both the interior and exterior of the house, finding the perfect window treatment can be more challenging than a window treatment for a square or rectangular window.
Often, window treatment options for these specialty shape windows are limited but, fortunately, not impossible to cover. With creativity, professional advice, and an understanding of the best treatments for these unique shapes, you can have the window treatments you’ve dreamed of having.
As a window treatment designer, the intrigue is in the covering itself. Maintaining the integrity of the window while fashioning a window covering design is the goal here. One of the questions most often asked about specialty windows is: What’s available to cover my arched, angled, oval, eyebrow, or upper windows?
Before the design begins, I ask two questions.
Question #1 - Do I want the window completely exposed at certain times to relish the architectural features?
Question #2 - Will the angled or arched portion be permanently covered?
Answering these two questions narrows down the window treatment options.
Let’s answer question one first.
Answer to Question #1
The easiest way to cover a specialty window and keep the integrity of the opening is by mounting draperies or a shade outside the window. The key to success is placing the drapery rod or shade, so the window treatment clears the window frame and leaves the window fully exposed. Shades can be recessed into an architectural element such as a recessed ceiling or valance. Both options will maintain a window’s architectural beauty.
Answer to Question #2
Now let’s move on to the second question. If mounting space permits, the second option for covering a specialty shape window is mounting the shade inside the window frame. Depending on the window shape, some custom specialty shape shades will fully function, while others are available in stationary or stationery with tilt-only functionality.
Specialty shape blinds and shades are available in several product categories to meet and fit a design style. Some of the most popular products include cellular/honeycomb shades, woven wood/natural shades, roller/solar screen shades, wood/faux wood blinds, and shutters.
Whether you answered yes to question #1 or question #2, there are plenty of options to choose from when treating specialty shape windows, and there’s a definite solution to fill your needs.
If you’re looking for customized specialty shape window treatments, T. Lynn’s can assist you with finding the ideal solution for your home that is on-trend and within budget. We offer a comprehensive collection of blinds, shades, and draperies. Call 715-441-7997 today to schedule a FREE, in-home consultation, or go to tlynns.com and contact us.
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