How to Cover an Asymmetrical Window

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How to Cover an Asymmetrical Window
Curtains can help disguise an asymmetrical window. (window curtains image by Aaron Kohr from

Asymmetrical windows can ruin a room's appearance. For a window that's off-centre on a wall or placed awkwardly in the room, or even crooked, decorating tricks can help disguise it. There are a few tricks you can use to restore symmetry to your home. Once you use these tricks, it's unlikely that anyone will notice your room's asymmetrical windows.

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Things you need

  • Curtains
  • Curtain hardware
  • Hammer or screwdriver
  • Faux window kit
  • Florescent light kit
  • Drill
  • Plastic wire caps

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    Measure the length of the asymmetrical window or windows. If you have two asymmetrical windows close together, treat them as one window. Install curtains over the length of one or both windows.

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    Extend the curtains 6 to 10 inches beyond the window on both sides. The windows will appear to have a good angle, rather than looking asymmetrical.

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    Place the curtains about 6 inches above the top of the window. This will disguise any unevenness in the window, such as a crooked window frame or awkward angle between two windows.

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    Install curtains that are the same colour and texture over all the room's windows to encourage the illusion of symmetry.

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    Move the room's furniture so that the asymmetrical windows aren't the focal point. Move the bed to a wall without windows in a bedroom.

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    Arrange seating so the main focus is on a wall with no window. You could make the TV the focal point in a living room.

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    Hang large or bold art pieces on walls without windows. This will detract the eye from the unusual windows and bring the focus to a wall that's symmetrical.

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    Install a faux window on the wall with the asymmetrical window, as a last resort. The faux window should be the same size as the original window and be placed to give the room the greatest appearance of symmetry.

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    Give the faux window the same trim and curtain hardware as the original window. This will make the window look like it belongs in the room.

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    Install a small florescent light under the faux window's curtains. This give's the window a glow similar to a real window, making it more realistic. Turn off the power to the room at the circuit breaker. Drill a hole in the wall above the window to access the electrical wires. Attach the black and white wires to the wires of the florescent light fixture with plastic wire caps. Screw the base of the fixture to the wall above the window. Screw a florescent light bulb into the fixture. Turn the power back on and turn on the light.

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