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PROJECT 1: How To Create Custom Window Coverings

Tools you'll need for this project:

  • Measuring tape
  • Screw Driver
  • Power Drill
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Level

Maia's shopping list:

DIRECTIONS:

1. Measure the space

Begin by measuring the dimensions of the window. Start with the width and height of the window inside the casing. Then measure the casing of the window frame, the depth of the window, as well as the wall itself. (It’s important to know how the window is fitting into the wall.) Take a few photos in case you forget some details once you’re at the store.

2. Choose your blinds

Blinds come in standard sizes. If you’re lucky enough to find your exact window dimensions in store, you’re all set; but since windows rarely come in standard sizes (especially in older homes), Home Depot offers complimentary blind altering on select products. Simply choose a set of blinds that is slightly longer and wider than your window, and get it cut down to size on the spot to ensure it’s a perfect fit.

3. Select your drapes

Next, choose your drapery panel. Drapes, too, come in fixed sizes. If your window is especially tall (or, like Maia, if you want to place the drapes high on the wall to exaggerate ceiling height), try one of two options to get the proper height:

  • Purchase two of the same drapery panels and use a sewing machine to sew them together, taking care to hide a horizontal seam to make it look like one long drape panel.
  • Select a second panel in a complementary colour or pattern and sew them together so the darker colour adds length to the bottom.

In this case, Maia has decided to go for a complementary panel to add a touch of drama to the space, using the bottom of the window as a horizon line.

4. Install the blinds

When installing the blinds, it’s a good idea to have an extra set of hands. Follow the instructions on the package for best results. Before leaving the store, check with an associate to ensure you have all necessary hardware.

5. Customize the drapes (optional)

Once the blinds are installed, it’s time to tackle the drapes. To achieve the custom look of layered drapes, use a sewing machine to stitch the panels together on a straight, horizontal line. If you do not have access to a sewing machine or do not feel comfortable using one, simply go to any drycleaner that offers custom alterations instead.

6. Install the curtain rod

Install the middle bracket first, and then work out from there using a level to make sure the other two brackets are even.

7. Put up your new drapes and enjoy the view!

Once your curtain rod is installed, simply string on the drapes (this process will depend on whether you're using grommet-style, rings, etc.) and enjoy the view of your transformed space.

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