How to Dress a Bay Window With Curtains

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How to Dress a Bay Window With Curtains
Don't be bored with plain bay windows, dress them up with curtains. (Digital Vision/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Dressing a bay window with curtains is relatively easy, as long as you get the right installation kits for your type of window. Specific brackets, screws, nails and other hardware that is needed for proper installation vary between the thickness of the window trim and the wall itself. Whenever in doubt, ask for help at your local home improvement store. Pick out the colours and fabric patterns you desire that coordinate with the rest of the space and bring the window treatments with you, along with the measurements of your bay windows when you shop for the installation items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Blinds or roman shades
  • Sheers
  • Curtains
  • Decorative rod and hardware
  • Valances or window scarf
  • Decorative hooks
  • Tiebacks

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  1. 1

    Hang blinds or roman shades for privacy that are the exact size of the panes of the window. Install them inside the window casing, so you can easily add other layers over them.

  2. 2

    Hang sheers over the blinds or shades, installing the brackets just outside the window casing. This allows you the choice between complete darkness when the shades or blinds are pulled down, or a little light being allowed into the room through the sheers with still a small amount of privacy.

  3. 3

    Hang the curtains so that they are over the window casing, right to the outside of the brackets for the sheers. Use a decorative curtain rod and hardware for this step as it will show.

  4. 4

    Hang a valance over each window that hides the rods for the sheers and covers the blinds or shades when they are drawn all the way up. Another option is to hang one continuous scarf over all the windows, rather than individual ones.

  5. 5

    Install decorative hooks on each side of the casings when dressing a bay window with curtains and hang a tieback for each curtain panel. Change the look easily by only tying back the two outside panels, only the inside ones or all of them if you want everything open.

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