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Arched windows – Know your options

In Drapery,Uncategorized,Window Coverings on October 11, 2011 by sdeidt Tagged: , , , , , , , , , ,

Over the years clients are often faced with a dilemma.  Preserve the arched window or ignore it.  The design you choose greatly effects the cost of the treatment.  What is the right balance between style and cost?  Every Interior Designers toughest dilemma. 

In addressing any problem knowing your options is the best place to start.   Generally there are three options when it comes to arched window.  First and foremost one of the easiest solutions is to ignore the arch.  With the trend towards simple panels mounted on decorative hardware the designer seeks to frame the window with  fabric,  preserving the curved nature of the window.   The major choice in this instance is what style hardware, short rods pointing to the arch or long rods across the top.  One can even mount the treatment on an iron frame or tie back holders depending on the look you want to achieve.

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The second alternative is to shape the top of the panel  to accent the arch.  Then either using a curved rod or tie back holders mounted on an angle we accent the curved window.  The easiest way to achieve this is by making a soft header which droops between the posts.  Breaking the treatment on the floor to adjust for the differences in height from one side to the other helps

The third method costs the most but is often the only way to treat the arch.  This approach involves creating an arch at the top or as is often easier the bottom of the treatment.  By repeating the dimension of the arch or creating an entirely new curve we replace the original arch with our own.    Obviously shaping the fabric, wood, or metal involves more labor .  We generally find that treatments with some horizontal fullness are the easiest and therefore least expensive of this variety.since fabric rarely lays flat across a curved surface.

Occasionally a client needs to add an arch to a straight treatment.  In the slideshow you can see where we provided our client used a curved wrought iron rod from Iron Art by Orion.  Now instead of seeing a standard window, the drapery rod is now the arch.  The cost of doing this is significantly less than the cost of installing an arched window.

Ultimately the key to successfully treating arched windows however lies in the skill of your workroom.  Many drapery manufacturers claim to be able to create window treatments like this.  Actually doing it is another thing altogether.   Why risk thousands of dollars in fabric and materials on unproven solutions when Pacific Coast has been doing this for over 30 years .