Whether you’re moving into a new place or you just want something new, installing window treatments create a distinct look and feel that represents a window into your soul. I’m sorry; I just had to use that horrible pun.
So what is a window treatment? Window treatments are any covering that filters, changes or alters incoming light through a window. As the term evolved, it has begun to mean less with actual window coverings and now includes valances, cornices and any other “package” that comes with the decorations.
Since window treatments are such a broad topic, a simple explanation of each type of window treatment will be included with a brief description of installation techniques.
Curtains, Drapes, Swags and Jabots Curtains and drapes are the most basic of window treatments. A bar or rod is placed above the window and a set of two or more fabric, vinyl or synthetic cloth hangs from the rod. Curtains and drapes may be the simplest of window treatments but they aren’t very simple when it comes to choice. With the thousands upon thousands of designs, colors and styles, it’s no wonder they are the most popular of window treatments.
Swags and jabots are similar to curtains except jabots are long draperies that hang down the side and swag is a cloth similar to a valance that hangs over the bar or from the bar.
Installation Tip: Curtain and draperies are supported by a rod or bar. Attach screws either into the wood trim or wall. Most windows have a 1×6 or 1×4 “buck” behind drywall surrounding the sides and top of the window opening. If this is not the case, a set of butterfly anchors are recommended. Never use drywall anchors made from plastic. These will eventually pull out from the drywall and fallout.
Blinds Blinds are one of the most popular window treatments for blocking out bright light and heat while still allowing light to penetrate the room. Whether hung vertically or horizontally, blinds offer a choice of open or closed with the quick pull of a cord or chain.
Installation tip: Many horizontal and vertical blinds are hung inside of the window opening with two enclosed boxes at each end for support and a clip or hook in the center for support. Attaching these may prove difficult. Try moving the boxes away from the window in the opening. You’re more likely to hit the window buck with a screw than in the middle or closer to the window.
Cornices, Lambrequins and Valances Cornices are simply a board with fabric attached that is hung over the window. Its job, as well as lambrequins and valances, are used to cover rods or bars that the curtains hang from. Most store bought or designer window treatment now include a matching valance, cornice or lambrequin that compliments the curtains or draperies.
Installation Tips: Attaching cornices, lambrequins and valances are placed higher up than drapes and may not have a wood backing behind the wall coverings. These should be attached using butterfly or toggle anchors. These anchors tighten against the back of the drywall and are very difficult to break through the drywall.