Good Questions: Window Treatment for a Funky Window?

Good Questions: Window Treatment for a Funky Window?

Carrie McBride
May 30, 2008

Shannon writes in for help with a funky window in the nursery:

We recently moved into a home whose previous owners completed an upstairs addition in the mid-1960s. There are lots of cool angles and custom windows, but we can't decide how to cover one in our nursery. I love the natural light, but our little one is waking up with the sun every morning, and the room gets really hot in the late afternoon. I priced custom shutters, but they're ridiculously expensive. Any ideas on a window treatment that we'd be able to open and close so that we're not permanently blocking light?

Shannon, we're jealous of the natural light this window lets in, but not jealous of the conundrum of covering it. As you mentioned, custom shades for these "angle-top" windows will be expensive. Our two ideas, neither of them perfect, are to sew or hire someone to sew angled curtains that you can tie back or to consider using an adhesive film to cover the tops and install a regular shade or curtain on the lower, non-angled portion.

We like adhesives like this below from 2Jane, but they're really meant for privacy and though they'll filter the light somewhat, they aren't meant to truly block the light.

You can also hunt around for darker adhesives that will reduce the light. These two patterns below are from Design Your Wall.

When your child gets older, perhaps you'd want to consider getting one of these!

We're not really satisfied with either of our suggestions, but we're sure there are helpful and clever readers out there who have either dealt with similar windows in their own homes or else have some ideas or resources to share with you. Readers - can you help Shannon?

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