Artfully Covering Windows

by Kay Lynn

One of the challenges in our home are two windows that are about 9 1/2 inches wide and nearly 5 feet tall.  When we moved in four years ago, neither had a window covering and due to the lack of holes or hardware around them, I doubt they ever did.

There were other windows that needed their coverings replaced or installed so thinking about solutions for the small windows went to the bottom of the list.

Do we Need Coverings?

Since the previous owners had never covered the windows, we considered not doing so. It’s not possible for any neighbors to see in the second floor window in the master bedroom and the only people that would see in the downstairs window are those coming to our front door.

The only reason to do something in the bedroom was for decor and/or darkness.  Regular readers (and anyone who’s been to my house) know I’m not into decorating.  But the light was a problem for afternoon napping.  The light stream hit right where the pillows lay making it hard to sleep.

My husband solved the problem temporarily by nailing a extra piece of carpet over it, but it was pretty unattractive!

The Window Treatment Solution

After three years, I was ready to replace the “temporary” solution.  Various options including blinds, drapes, and shutters were considered.  Then I became inspired by the glass creations of one of my friends.  A custom glass piece could be the answer.

We talked about the possibility of a glass window treatment and he agreed to take the challenge.  There were challenges with such a long narrow piece,but the end result is definitely worth it!

I might have been able to get something over the window for less money, but it wouldn’t have been as beautiful.  We spent less than $200 and have a double-duty solution with functional art.

The lesson for me was that you don’t have to do everything in your home right away.  Take the time to get inspired (and do it debt-free).  What’s the last inspiration you had for your home?


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Money Beagle November 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

I’ve been relieved of any and all duties relating to decorating since my wife and I bought our house 🙂 That’s fine with me. I pretty much just paint and hammer nails where I’m told. My ability to envision decorative things is largely non-existent so it’s best that I stay out of the way of such things 🙂

Dr Dean November 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

We have windows with now window treatments in our home of 20 years so don’t feel bad about 2 years…..

We live in the woods and like the view.
But I do understand about light.

Even the power cord from my laptop is too much light-I usually cover it up with whatever article of clothing I take off last before I go to bed….

shanendoah@The Dog Ate My Wallet November 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

There are so many things we need to do for our house…
But at our last house, I wish I’d had the option for something like your lovely glass window covering. We NEEDED a window treatment for the long narrow window next to our front door because our Aussie liked to stand there and bark at anything he could see. We ended up going with a vinyl shutter covering the bottom half of it. No where near as pretty as what you got. (But it did the job I needed it to do.)

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