Window Covering Ideas for a Large Bow Window?

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Q: I can't figure out a practical, budget-friendly, good looking window treatment solution for the large bow window in our family room. The woven roller shades on the windows right now are ok — and I wouldn't be opposed to keeping them up — but I'd like to add drapes or something to soften them up. I'm not concerned at all about blocking out light, but I would like to have some privacy at night — we are really on display when the sun goes down!…

Sent by Melissa

…I was thinking of sheers hung on a curve (?) across the inside of the window with a more substantial drapery panel (decorative only) on either side of the window hung on a rod above the window. The challenges as I see them are a) hanging sheers on the curve of the bow - I was thinking of IKEA's Kvartal system for that, but I've heard mixed reviews of it, and b) a built-in bookshelf that butts up to the window frame on the right side — this could make hanging a rod difficult, as well as make things look out of balance when drapes are hung there.

I can't emphasize the budget-friendly aspect of this project enough — I'm definitely on an IKEA budget here. Any ideas? Many thanks.

Editor: I think we get more window covering questions than anything else — who has ideas for Melissa?

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