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What Exactly is a Bay WIndow?

Bay window is a common term for a protruding window construction. Most of the time they are polygon shapes or square in design, but they also may curved. In its most basic form, a bay window consists of two protruding windows. A bay window can add depth and architectural elements to your home, and provide a wonderful opportunity to stretch your decorating muscles. A bay window can be a cozy place to sip your coffee, or it can provide a frame for a picturesque view.

 

The best part of the bay window is usually the view. Don’t take away from this natural asset by overpowering your window with clutter. Consider the room you’re window is in. If it is adjacent to a busy dining area or kitchen, it’s probably best to minimize the decorations. However, if it bookends a grand library or formal dining room, color, texture and pattern would be the ideal enhancement.

 

If you have a bay window, you really must have a window seat. There isn’t anything nicer then curling up with a good book in the afternoon sun. If your window did not come with a seat, put wall cabinets in under your window and top with bright cushions. If that will not work, place a comfy chair or some floor cushions next to it. Just be sure to give yourself the chance to linger comfortably and enjoy the view.

 
Another tip is to frame your window with color: add some potted and hanging plants and flowers that thrive in sunlight. They will enhance the view of your yard and bring some nature into the room if yours is a city view.  There are also so many choices when it comes to window treatments for your bay window. A classic Roman shade or blind is versatile and will help avoid over-decorating the space. Shutters, either wooden or sleek metal, are perfect for creating a private, cozy nook.

 
Draperies and curtains will add bright color and texture to your window. If you want to extend the appearance of width use curtains or drapes to cover the walls framing the area. This technique will let in the sunlight while keeping the charm and color of curtains. Sheer curtains are also an option to keep your window private without blocking the light. Sheers will add texture to the room and can be dressed up with bright curtain panels or valances.

 

A bay window can even be a child’s special place to dream and play. It’s easy to find kid-themed decorations that can be anything from stars to dance to transportation or sports. Base your decorating theme on your child’s interests. Don’t worry if his interests change; most window cling decorations can be designed to be temporary and will not hurt window glass, walls or window seat if they need to be removed.

 

We’ll look some more at this topic next time. In the meanwhile, start that template we discussed the other day and order your hardware so we can get started!

Your Bay Window

 

Bay windows are fashionable features in many homes. Their  unusual angled shape is striking in itself, and they  let in plenty of natural light and provide panoramic views However, when it comes to hanging  curtains and curtain hardware, many homeowners are often perplexed as to  how to handle the window’s unusual shape. Often these windows have a window seat as well. Don’t let the challenge of curtain or drapery hardware frighten you away from  drawing attention to this lovely spot in your home. There are some creative options for bay window hardware that are fairly easy to install.

Bay window curtain rods are designed in several pieces but work together as one rod. They are specially designed so  that each of the three rod sections is individually adjustable in length. This allows you to tailor each rod section to your specific bay window for a custom fit. Graber makes custom bay and bow window traverse curtain rods that are heavy duty and designed to carry about 1 1/2 pound per foot. Great if you are planning on hanging lush draperies. Graber’s rods are custom made traverse rods that are made to your exact measurements. They suggest that you make a template to help eliminate any possible mistakes due to inconsistent window shapes as well as take precise measurements. As a matter of fact, call them, and they will gladly walk you through the process.

 

Once you receive your hardware, what do you do next?

 

*Have someone on hand to help if you choose to hang curtains on one bay window rod. A bay curtain rod is basically  an adjustable track that can be bent to conform to the contour of the windows allowing the draperies to hang along one rod instead of three separate rods. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for hanging the bay curtain rod. Use the included hardware and drill holes to firmly secure it in the woodwork.

*Slide the curtains onto the rods before mounting them. Adjust the curtains to make them hang evenly along the rods.

*Add tie backs for a decorative touch. Put
the tie-backs at the approximate level of where there would be a window seat.
There are so many options with a bay window and so many ways to dress it, and to utilize it. Check back later as we discover how to live with a bay window.

Jewelry for Your Windows

 

Drapery rods and rings are the jewelry of your windows. They add shimmer to enhance metallic finishes in the room, or if they are bamboo, iron or rich woods, they add a hint of sophistication and the finishing touch to the dressing of the window. If you decide to use finials, the little sculptures of wood, iron or bamboo on the end of the rods, it’s as if you’ve added a tiara to a head full of curls.

 

Like any dress fitting, the hardware for your windows needs to fit properly. When measuring a window for decorative hardware, follow these simple steps:

 

*Measure the width of your window treatments, noting whether or not taking you want to mount hardware on the wall or directly on the window trim.
*Allow 1 1/2″ – 3″ on each side of the window for when the drapes are open all the way.
*Consider any extra wall space needed for decorative finials: the rod dimensions do not include additional width added by each finial.
*If you want to make the windows appear larger, mount the curtain rod 6″ above the trim and allow the rod width to extend 3″ beyond the window’s actual width.

 

Most drapery hardware accessories are designed to provide stylish accents to complete the look of your window treatments. Tiebacks can be used to hold draperies off to the sides of a window and can be as simple fabric strips or can be more elaborate bows. Holdbacks will offer the same functionality as tiebacks, but they consist of rigid, decorative materials that are secured to a wall providing a holder for keeping drapes and curtains in an open position. Rings, clips, hooks and pulls are what connect drapes and curtains to the rod and may be either hidden or decoratively visible. Styles range from simple, unadorned wrought iron rings to clips with decorative leaves or stars. Drapery jewelry can take a number of different forms, such as covered buttons.

 

If what you are looking for is a completely different look, install a hinged rod. This type of rod allows you to swing curtains back and forth, covering the window when you want it covered and keeping the curtain in another spot when you don’t. Do be sure that it is installed in an area where the curtain provides some decorative value when not covering the window!

A Pretty Detail for Lovely Windows…

 

If you’ve longed for a romantic country inn look for your interiors, try the simple freshness of white lace curtains. With paired with jewel toned holiday ornaments nestled on the window sill, they are simple, traditional and beautiful.
White lace curtains are appropriate in nearly every room in the house. They are a fresh alternative to heavy drapes and mini-blinds. Hang them alone where you do not need nighttime privacy or light control, use them over simple window shades or blinds, or hang them under fabric panels that will draw closed at night.
The fullness of lace curtains should be a minimum of 1 1/2 to 3 times the width of the window. In other words, if your window is 24″ wide, the curtain panel should be between 36″ and 72″ wide. In general, the more sheer the fabric, the more fullness may be needed; additional fullness will often give more window coverage.
While lace has associations with country cottage styles, it carries formal roots from drawing rooms and works well in traditional or antique settings.

 
Following are a few suggestions to decorate with lace curtains that are sure to create the preferred effect:

*Add decorative tiebacks to each side of window frames to increase the window treatment options. Select something whimsical, such as an animal or something traditional, such as a knob or disk.
*Integrate the lace curtains with the room’s furnishings by adding a valance. Select one that picks up a primary color from the room’s furnishings

*Arrange well-established potted palm near the lace curtains to make the most of the filtered light and bring more nature into the decorating scheme. Tropical plants such as bromeliads and African violets do well in filtered light. It’s also a great place for your Christmas tree. From the street the lights will shine with a filtered glow.
*When hanging lace curtains or sheers use a translucent rod to keep the harshness of the metal showing. The Graber Collection offers a 2 1/2 Inch Clear / Frost Dauphine Rods that will hold the curtains securely, yet not stand out through the lace.

A-Z Window Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part VII

 

 

Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about wrought iron and wooden drapery hardware. This is the last segment of your go-to guide to curtain and drapery hardware.

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Window Scarf: A long piece of fabric casually draped over a pole or rod at the top of a window much like a valance. The center is gently pulled down to create a soft curve.
Wrought Iron Rod Sets: Looking for a complete line that includes everything from iron rings and brackets to several different finial choices? LJB Wrought Iron Drapery Hardware designs wrought iron drapery rods, finials, brackets and curtain rod rings. All finials, brackets and rings are solid wrought iron and are available in a variety of sizes. All wrought iron curtain rods can be cut to size, these are not telescopic. Need 110 double curtain rods? No problem, you can order extra-long curtain rods up to 16 feet from LJB.
Wooden Drapery Hardware and Curtain Rods: One of the largest selections of wooden drapery hardware can only be found Continental Window Fashions. They feature wooden drapery rods from all the major manufacturers like Kirsch, Paris Texas, and the Finial Company. First you can select your choice of wood poles, then the wood drapery rod brackets followed by the wooden curtain rings of your choice. To finish off your wood drapery hardware you can also select the available wood curtain rod finials or simple wood end caps. Its mix and match at its best!
Wooden Hardware from the Finial Company: Custom wooden drapery hardware items are hand finished to your specifications. They start with unfinished high quality raw materials and finish everything from your order at once to match perfectly. If you’re looking to make a statement with your window treatments, the Finial Company is the way to go with literally hundreds of combinations to choose from.
Wooden Hardware from Kirsch Buckingham Drapery Hardware: Kirsch Buckingham wooden drapery hardware is all hand finished and custom order only. This is Kirsch’s high end wooden drapery hardware collection. Kirsch offers a large selection of decorative curtain rods, finials, rings, brackets, hold-backs and sconces. If you’re looking for drapery hardware to match your exquisite taste, then look no further. Available in 1 3/8 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch diameters.
Wooden Traverse Rods from Kirsch Estate: Kirsch Estate Ultra wooden traverse rods emphasize sophistication while traversing heavy weight draperies of up to 56 pounds. Indulge your imagination with the numerous finials and finish selections that coordinate with the Kirsch Buckingham collection.
All of the Estate Ultra traverse rods come complete with the necessary brackets and 3 traverse slides.
Wooden Trends Collection from Kirsch: 1 3/8″ Wood Trends drapery hardware collection is one of the best-selling wooden drapery hardware lines in the United States. Kirsch’s reputation for quality curtain rods is obvious in number of components offered, such as swivel sockets, hidden brackets, wooden elbows and decorative hold-backs.
Wooden Somerset Collection from Paris Texas: The Paris Texas Somerset Collection is a breathtaking collection inspired by the architectural elements found for centuries in the gardens of England. Picture Somerset Collection filling the window niches of your home with design inspiration taken from classic urns, benches and statuary.
Wooden Collection from Robert Allen Costume: Antique hatpins discovered in a Paris antique market were the inspiration for this collection. The use of opaque and translucent materials in classic forms is a luxury for your home.
Wooden Vesta Highland Timber 2 3/4 Inch Collection: Vesta’s Highland Timber 2 3/4″ collection features a gallery of masterfully carved wood finials and drapery hardware accessories. All components are made available as unfinished and in stain-grade so that they become the blank canvas for your own unique interpretations.

A-Z WIndow Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part III

 

Are you interested in learning even more about window coverings and curtain hardware? These terms will help you become more informed about headers, Hopper windows, jabot, and knotting. This is part three of your go-to guide.

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Graber Drapery Hardware: Since 1939 Graber has been in the drapery hardware and curtain rod business making quality hardware at competitive prices.
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Header: The top edge of a rod-pocket curtain that forms a ruffle when the curtain is on the rod.

Helser Brothers Drapery Hardware: Helser Brothers recognizes the critical role strong manufacturing processes, precision metal working, tight tolerances, and extremely high quality would play when combined with over-the-top customer service. Competitive and simple pricing, guaranteed quick turn-around time, original custom designs, and a six-point check and balance system to ensure clients get exactly what they order each and every time.

House Parts Drapery Hardware: House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. House Parts Draper Hardware captures the aesthetic qualities of both European and American craftsmanship in the replicas that the company produces.

Hopper Windows : These windows are hinged at the bottom and open inward from the top – the reverse of awning windows.
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Inside Mount Drapery Rods(Wooden): Continental Window Fashions offers several options for wooden inside mount curtain rods.

Iron Art by Orion Swing Arms: A high end, elegant and sturdier swing arm and crane curtain rods. Made of high quality iron, Iron Art swing arm curtain rods from Orion are able to hold heavier drapes than other swing arms. Available in custom lengths, various mounting plates, 3 projections and a 35 Iron Art finishes.

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Jabot: A piece of fabric, long or short, which drape down on either side of a swag or valance, often pleated and tapered.
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Kick Pleated Valances: Valances that are constructed like box pleats, but with the pleats spaced further apart.

Kirsch Drapery Hardware: No matter what type of curtain rod or drapery hardware item you are looking for you can find it at Kirsch. Traverse rods, wooden curtain rods and finials are just a few of the collection that Kirsch has to offer.

Knotting: A technique used when looping and arranging fabric panels.

A-Z WIndow Treatments and Curtain Hardware Part II

 

Are you interested in learning more about window coverings and curtain hardware? Let’s continue with these terms and become more knowledgeable about fan shades, finials and traverse rods.
This is part two of your go-to guide.

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Decorative metal valance curtain rods: Most simple decorative curtain rods can be used as a valance rod. The decorative rod is used when you are looking for something that has ornamental finials on the ends. Graber Adjustable Cafe Curtain Rods are designed to complement the Graber collection. All cafe curtain rod sets include the necessary hardware for installation.

Decotrax Collection: The DecoTrax collection by Vesta features precision extruded aluminum traverse curtain rod tracks. The track system is easy to customize as it is sold by the foot.

Draw Draperies: Draperies that hang from a traverse rod and can be drawn to open or close over the window.

Double Fullness: Using fabric for curtains or draperies that is twice the measured width of the window. Double fullness creates a fuller look and that is more pleasing to view than skimpy fabric.

Drapes: A decorative piece of material usually hung in loose folds and arranged in a graceful design from a window.

Draping: The technique of looping and securing fabric in graceful curves and folds.

 

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Envelope Shades: Casual curtains attached to a mounting board and hung as a pair of flat panels. The bottom inside corners are pulled out and hooked onto the wall.

Estate Traverse Rod: Kirsch Wood Trends wood traverse rod is made for pinch pleated draperies.

Estate Ultra Metal Traverse Rods: Kirsch Estate Ultra Metal Traverse rods offer the quality of the Kirsch heavy duty traverse rod using an attractive decorative metal fascia. Able to traverse up to 56 pounds, this 2″ metal estate traverse rod can support elegant draperies that have been lined and interlined. The heavy duty ball bearing carriers allow for a smooth closure time after time.

Etch Art Static Cling Window Film Dark Tint Privacy: Use Etch Art blackout film to add privacy and darken a room by reducing the amount of light coming through the glass. Great in bedrooms, home theater rooms, home offices, and rooms you want kept dark. Vinyl window film is 8 mil thick and filters 95 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Window films help reduce heat and save energy as well as protect your furnishing from premature fading.

 

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Fan Shades: Arcs of fabric pulled together in the center by cords and rings fastened to the back of the shades. The arc, or fan, faces down. When lowered, the shade becomes a flat panel.
Finial: A decorative piece attached to the ends of drapery rods. Usually made of wood or metal and can be many sizes and shapes.

Finial Company Drapery Hardware: Finial Company custom drapery hardware items are hand finished to your specifications. If you’re looking to make a statement with your window treatments, the Finial Company is the way to go with literally hundreds of combinations to choose from.

Finish: Product applied to fabric as a protection against water marks and fading.

French Door: A door with rectangular panes of glass. A French Door is usually hung as a pair of doors in one frame, with both doors opening outward.

Fringe: A decorative trim sewn onto the edges and hems of curtain panels and rugs.

Fullness: Refers to the width of the fabric in relation to the curtain rod

Vesta For Everyone

 

Continental Window Fashions is now featuring Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories, an extensive line of decorative hardware designs to suit even the most particular of tastes. Available in solid brass, genuine wrought iron, stainless steel, crystal, premium wood, marble, ceramics and resin, Vesta is considered to be the most modern of drapery hardware.

 

Most Vesta hardware items are imported from overseas bringing the modern European drapery hardware look here to the United States. Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories offers a vast array of modern drapery hardware products including drapery rods, drapery rings, decorative finials, tiebacks, rosette kits, drapery wands, traverse curtain rod systems. Looking for a high end traverse drapery? Vesta’s Techno Track collection is hand-traversing and designed with extensive one-way draws in mind. The collection’s Techno brackets support the aluminum extruded tracking from above allowing all gliders unfettered access across the entire bottom rail of the track. Most items are stocked and available for quick shipping.

 

Continental Window Fashions is a dream come true for window designers and any home or business owner seeking to add beauty and elegance to their windows Vesta Drapery Hardware and Accessories is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone

A Bed Fit for Royalty

 

 

There is more to curtain rods than just windows. Graber Bay and Bow Window Curtain Rods has a fantastic custom made traverse rod. Do you have a princess deserving of a bedroom fit for royalty? There isn’t anything sweeter than a canopy bed in a little girl’s room. Little girls love to fantasize about being a princess. Her make-believe world is one of great luxury. Her bedroom becomes her castle and her dolls become her ladies in waiting. Every princess wants to rules from her very own throne. After following the simple directions for a circular canopy, your princess can embellish it with jewels, decorate it with embroidered pillows and surround it with pink.

Materials needed:
Custom Bow Window Traverse Rod
Cassidy West Panels: (sewn with a 1″ double folded side hem and 4″ bottom hem. All top styles can accommodate a 1 1/2″ curtain rod.)
Drill
Screw anchors
Instructions
1. Install the circle curtain rod on the wall above the head of the bed by using screws and a drill. For an extra degree of security, predrill the holes and insert screw anchors before attaching the circle curtain rod to the wall.
2 Measure the distance from the curtain rod to the floor
3. Measure the circumference of the curtain rod, multiply by 2 and then divide it by 4.
4. Cut four rectangles of fabric that match the measurements you found in steps 2 and 3.
5. Hang the fabric rectangles from the curtain rod and spread the fabric around and over the bed, puddling it on the floor on either side of the headboard.
Continental Window Fashions is proud to present these collections to help transform your home. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

 

 

Step-by-Step Windows

Continental Window Fashions is now featuring House Parts Drapery Hardware, an extensive line of decorative metal hardware designs to suit even the most discriminating tastes. House Parts has been in the business of making high quality drapery hardware since 1979 at some of the most competitive prices. It used to be easy choosing drapery hardware because choices were limited. However today, many choices are available making it possible to choose hardware to complement your room’s decor. Uniquely designed with elegance that is unsurpassed, House Parts Drapery Hardware is classic, contemporary, traditional and retro, a beautiful accessory to any home decor. All pieces are hand-cast and hand-finished. Inherent variations add to the unique and individual charm of each piece. Drapes add color, style and interest to any room. Hanging your own hardware and drapery isn’t really that difficult. Let’s do it step by step:

  • 1 .Decide on your choice of hardware: traverse-style rods for pinch-pleated drapes, , curtain rods for pocket drapes, combination rods to handle more than one set of drapes on a window, or decorative poles for rod-pocket and tab-top drapes.
  • 2. Which type of material best suits your decor? Wooden hardware goes well in traditional or rustic homes whereas brushed nickel or cast iron are more common in modern homes. Use the same material for all of the hardware in a single room.
  • 3. Finials — decorative or plain? Finials were once just basic round balls but now come in many shapes crosses and arrows, including spirals. Line up the finials so they are even with the outside of the window’s moldings.
  • 4. Make sure the poles are strong enough to hold the weight of the curtain. Slim poles work well with lightweight curtains or sheers. Wide poles are stronger than thinner ones and also provide a more elegant look.
  • 5. Curtains need two brackets but those on wider windows will need at least one more bracket in the center to support the weight of the window treatments.
  • 6. Use rings and pull backs that are in the same material as the rest of the hardware. Ring should be large enough to fit over the curtain rod and hold the curtains without pinching them.

Drapery hardware from House Parts is ready to ship to you very quickly. Available in just days instead of weeks, House Parts is a great choice for quality drapery hardware at an unbeatable price. With all of the popular wooden drapery pole sizes along with complete metal sets and 1″ wrought iron, House Parts has all of the styles you need.
House Parts Drapery Hardware is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.