For the past three years I have promised a how-to on our old bedroom’s draped wall.
It’s this one:
Did you know that it was a solution to an off center window?
If you can’t beat it, hide it behind a curtain and pretend it doesn’t exist.
Same principle works for forehead acne, muffin tops and those darn unpopular thighs of mine that touch.
Anyhoo…I literally have received hundreds of emails from fine looking folks (yes I can see through my computer to the people and every single one was PHAT…tryin to bring that back) who are looking to repeat the same technique…and I have told them that it’s coming.
IT’s HERE! IT’s TIME! IT’s the easiest thing ever!
First a little blast from the past….we started out with a large room that had one big wall with one off center window on one side of the bed.
We tried to put the bed on this wall – centered on the window – with the brown curtains covering the entire space behind it – but no dice. The queen bed plus two nightstands was just too wide. not that we actually had nightstands. but it was a dream.
So we put the bed on the big wall.
But what does a girl do to balance out the window?
Obviously I could have hung something large on this side – like a mirror…or artwork. But then I found some inspiration that planted a brain worm about creating a caccoon…
So after we draped the entire wall with neutral (and uber cheap) Ikea curtains, we added a header to make it look like a seamless built in.
It really helped make the room look larger…
plus it blocked that darned window.
Okay – so that was phase one…
During phase 2, we included some new side tables (Canopy line at Walmart) and hung some art over the drapes too (it was really simple since two curtains met right there…all I had to do was use an extra long nail and pulled the curtains to hide any gap behind the frame).
Then came a point where we decided to pop to a king sized bed…(note the blocked window shades are open here and you can see the outline)
So phase three…new bed, new bedding….same curtains…
With the new king sized bed (yay for Jeremy’s handiwork) it meant that the blocked window was an absolute must-have. With the queen bed centered in the room, the edge of the bed frame extended over the window about three inches…but with the new king sized bed, it went practically a third of the window…so even if we had tried to balance out the window with a large art piece or mirror, it would have looked weirder than a turkey born with a head of a cat.
Phase four was all about the bedding…I finally got a king sized quilt and shams…
And they were (heavenly chimes please) REVERSIBLE. There is nothing I like more than two sided stuff. I like both sides of my boyfriend, bacon, and bedding. That should be my tagline.
And when we moved out from the old house, we left the entire thing intact. We figured that it was odd to remove all of the curtains when they were built-in.
Okay – so now that you got the full blow-by-blow of the bedroom shananigans (well not all of them…wink wink), here’s how we did it….
First you have to install your curtain rods on the wall. I used two different sets with two very long extendable curtain rods. It’s important to put the curtain support brackets into the drywall with anchors…leave the studs for your header support. AND HERE’s the OTHER IMPORTANT BOLD LETTERED INFO: use extendable curtain rods!!! If you fail to do that – those drapes are gonna be up there with no way to launder them. yuck.
Okay – now that you have the anchored brackets up – put in your curtain rods.
Now you are gonna add some two by fours on either side of the brackets. You want them deep enough so that they extend beyond your curtain brackets. This is what is gonna support your header.
Now you are gonna take some more 2×4′s and put them below the curtain rods. This is key for proper support. Make sure you put them directly into the studs. And this will also mean that your curtain rods are now permanently built in. Your curtains you can switch up and loop around the studs because the curtain rods are extendable…but it means the rods are probably gonna be too long to remove.
Now take a couple pieces of drywall and add to the studs. Fasten those bad boys down.
Add some crown to complete the built in look.
Caulk, paint and finally add some of those curtains!
Celebrate like Pippy Longstocking with a weird hat who can simultaneously do the Michael Jackson lean, the robot and the bootyshake.
For some more visual aides that don’t involve my very artistic freehand drawings….
here is the picture of the corner of the wall. Note the curtain rod is extending to the wall and the blocks are screwed together and into the studs. The blocks are also lower than the curtain rod – so I could adjust it as far out or in as I wanted.
Here is the center of the header….we used two pieces of drywall that met in the middle – so that is why we had a double block here in the center.
See how I looped the curtain around the bottom of the blocks so that it looked really seamless? Oh and note that tab curtains are really really important.
This is what it looks like when the brackets are without the blocks…and note the curtains on the right hand side. I would loop the curtains over one another when I had two meeting…it made it look more like one giant curtain vs. two.
And here is the looking up at a bracket angle. See how close the drywall piece is to the curtain rod? The bracket is what gives you the clearance to hide the window.
So that’s it. A bunch of blocks to block an off center window. But in the end, I’m glad we had that obstacle – because it forced us to create that bedroom cacoon…and now I am a beautiful butterfly. You knew that was coming, didn’t you? Sorry to bug ya
ahhh I’m being attacked by a killer cheeseball!
p.s. my dad told me yesterday that he voted for me in the Homies thing. dude. do you know how much that meant to me?! I was beginning to wonder if he knew what my blog was called. It totally made my day. and just in case he’s reading now…daddy – I love you and those were just nominations. the top six go to the finalist round…which I’ve never made top ten…so I consider my current status in both the DIY category and the Home Design category a raging success. kinda like you
p.p.s. Dude! Katie! Give credit where credit is due! My bad. My original inspiration for the wall of curtains (Atlanta Homes Magazine) and the header (my darling friend Sherry’s old bedroom) a meeting of the minds. Click here to read all about it!