What would you recommend for a type of curtain for eight small windows

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The windows sizes are 18 by 3 feet tall.
q what would you recommend for a type of curtain for eight small windows, home decor, home decor dilemma, reupholster, window treatments, windows
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 12, 2015
    I would use a 36 inch curtain so that it just comes to the end of the windows. Since there are alot of inches going accross you will need a few sets.
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 12, 2015
      @Fab and Pretty of course. I would hope they know that. I agree the long panels do not fit in the room.Putting shorter ones will give the room a different image.
  • Debbie Miller Debbie Miller on Nov 12, 2015
    I would go either of 2 ways. Individual Roman Shades, which can be homemade to save money, or go with long thicker curtains with maybe a swag to make area appear larger.
  • Tamara Kruger Jerabek Tamara Kruger Jerabek on Nov 12, 2015
    I like the roman shade idea with a lighter print, which would open up the area nicely, especially if the room is on the smaller side.
  • Lucy Nunn Lucy Nunn on Nov 12, 2015
    Inset soft roman shades. Yeah?
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 12, 2015
    I feel roman shades would not look right on small windows.
  • Lisa Lisa on Nov 12, 2015
    Will try shorter curtains:) thanks
    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 12, 2015
      @Lisa Your welcome I don't think you will regret the outcome. If your are still not sure purchase the shorter curtains and place them as if you were hanging them for a visual. Thats really is the best way to see if you like the look. Here at Home talk we can advise but you this is your home.
  • Lyn2398900 Lyn2398900 on Nov 12, 2015
    Can you make it look like one large picture window? A couple wide drapes, or if you want curtains, make them look like one window....Don't like so many being individual windows. Just a thought...Buy washable drapes, like cotton. I did, and it works nicely.
  • Mickey Baron Mickey Baron on Nov 13, 2015
    Do you need curtains in this room? It already looks pretty dark. I see you have sheers up now, is the reason I ask. If so, don't spend a lot. Curtains are so easy to make, or have made. Especially the size you need. Post an after pic once you get to your "happy place" with them. I'd love to see.
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    • Lisa Lisa on Nov 15, 2015
      Liking this thanks ladies:)
  • Suzanne Lee Suzanne Lee on Nov 13, 2015
    I agree with Mickey, no curtains or Lynnrode, treaty it as one window.
  • SandyG SandyG on Nov 13, 2015
    Depending on budget, individual shade on each window, to allow opening shade for light. Why do you need covering? Privacy, energy, light blocking? For me, and as high up as the windows appear on the wall, I would leave without any covering.
  • Peggy Henderson Peggy Henderson on Nov 13, 2015
    I think less is more applies here. Love Sandy G's idea of shades. Make it simple. If those are out of your budget, make curtains to look like a shade. Maybe burlap, drop cloth etc. Just have plain and straight no fullness, and to the length you want. May 1/2 to 2/3 the length of the window.
    • Lisa Lisa on Nov 13, 2015
      That sounds good:) thanks will post a picture during daytime:)
  • Elaine753 Elaine753 on Nov 13, 2015
    I would use shutters.
  • Glaynebaker Glaynebaker on Nov 13, 2015
    I agree -- less is definitely more with these.
  • Peppi Peppi on Nov 13, 2015
    i would use tension rods, top and bottom. shear the curtains on and place inside frame. if you want to see the outside make two panels each so you can open them
  • Estelle Estelle on Nov 13, 2015
    If you need privacy but still need the light, consider nice lace. Use corn starch and water, paint it on the window and 'stick' the lace to the glass. It washes off easily too. Maybe you can hang something pretty in between the windows if you want to.
  • Grace Grace on Nov 13, 2015
    individual shades, so the space wont look stuffy
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Nov 13, 2015
    Very good ideas, I would get rid of the rods, hang sheers measured to fit the inside diameter of the windows. Use a tension rod. It would brighten up the entire room
  • Rhonda Miller Rhonda Miller on Nov 13, 2015
    I had transom windows and did shear fabric on the top and attached to fabric right under window line I did a heavy fabric so it made window look bigger/longer but I still got the light from the window.
  • Nancy Chasteen Nancy Chasteen on Nov 13, 2015
    I suppose it depends hou much light you want in there during the day. I would use a dark red or blue to give a nice hue to the room and bind each curtain to the wall face, instead of a rod. Then billow it out to each curtain, like a sail. Have fun with it!
  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Nov 13, 2015
    You could shades on each window so that you have total control of how light, heat and privacy you have at any one given time. If you want the wall of windows to also have a unified look, you could drape a beautiful scarf around the ends and across the top on a beautiful decorative rod. If you don't want that, you could also consider making a DIY cornice out of a fabric that ties in nicely with the other colors in the room and run that across the top. If you would go the cornice route, there are lots of great tutorials online that show you how to make them out of something very lightweight like foam core board or styrofoam. Her is just one: http://rhapsodyinrooms.com/2014/03/17/make-foam-board-cornice/
  • Linda Johnson Linda Johnson on Nov 13, 2015
    Our windows are 28" x 21". I put wooden valences made with 1" x 6" boards over mini blinds. However, we put up one way mirror film on the glass. It's a clean look, while giving us privacy. (The film helps keep the heat out in the summer and cold out in the winter.)
  • Sooz Sooz on Nov 13, 2015
    is there a view you want to look at? do you need privacy? I'd do a stencil design on each window with a frosted paint in a white or light pastel. Tack a series of vintage doilies, linen napkins, or fetching hankies folded diagonally stretched just at the top of the window. Switch them out for holiday or seasonal themes.
  • Mary Wilson Mary Wilson on Nov 13, 2015
    I suggest a valance for each window, or a valance all the way across🎂🎁🐰.
  • Kincaid99 Kincaid99 on Nov 13, 2015
    I would like to see the windows in better light with no curtains. A valance or cornice across top and roman shades for privacy
  • Dianne Fordham Grimm Dianne Fordham Grimm on Nov 14, 2015
    Do you want to be able to look out or light come in ? I had a front door that any one could come up on the porch and look in the house, I took Press and Seal its like wax paper I cut it to fit the window and pressed in on the glass works great and lets light in. I am on a budget, plus no tension rod would fit this or paint the glass with the itching paint but you cant look out its only good for light to come thru.
  • Andrea Briscoe McGinley Andrea Briscoe McGinley on Nov 14, 2015
    I had an apple theme in my kitchen and needed a small window covering. I found a small wood apple, hot glued to the clamp part of a cafe curtain ring. Slide the ring on a small rod and attach a cute tea towel to the clamps. If you have wilderness theme, a pine cone would be cute on the ring. You could use fake fruit, veggies, flowers, perhaps some pretty victorian broches on each clamp. Think of your them and think outside the box. Happy decorating!
  • Kimberly Hozer Durbin Kimberly Hozer Durbin on Nov 14, 2015
    Look online for "mini blinds turned into roman shades". Super easy and cheap with a beautiful expensive look.
  • Jeane Harrison Jeane Harrison on Nov 14, 2015
    i agree, roman shades or painted shutters
  • Lisa Lisa on Nov 14, 2015
    Thinking about shortening the curtains
  • Elaine753 Elaine753 on Nov 15, 2015
    Definitely shutters...you can open n close them when you want. Get unfinished ones then paint or stain however you want.
  • Sue Sue on Nov 17, 2015
    If privacy isn't an issue, I would not use curtains at all. Add a long, continuous shelf over all the windows and then accent it with baskets or something that goes with your décor.
  • Jean Thompson Jean Thompson on Nov 20, 2015
    Curtains should be Shorter and maybe Opaque Sheers or solid ones What does rest of room look like? Maybe cafe' style curtains ! ! How far from the ground are the windows on the outside? maybe some frosted stuff you could just put on the Glass, The Press and Seal Wrap you use in the Kitchen would work too. That would be a Cheap way to start ... the bulky Curtain Rod above need to get rid of.. I like the Sue's Idea about Shelf above the windows too.. and even a Window seat type Storage Bench Below.. for seating.
  • Terrie Neudorf Terrie Neudorf on Nov 20, 2015
    Wooden shutters or , bamboo panels . They are like blinds but wider . I bet these windows are the right with for them . It depends on if you country or classic or modern decor. You could soften them by putting a curtain across the top by looping it.
  • Ruth Ruth on Nov 20, 2015
    Maybe just a valance ?
  • Wendy Harrington Wendy Harrington on Nov 20, 2015
    Depends on what look you are going for. I like the idea of making them APPEAR bigger by over sizing the curtains. Floor to ceiling using opaque curtains
  • Glaynebaker Glaynebaker on Nov 21, 2015
    So many possibilities, and your choice depends on your decor style, view, and need for privacy (or not), I suggest you treat them as one large window and put pull-aside drapes on them. I love sunlight, so I'd likely keep them pulled open most of the time, but the draperies and hardware would give them a finished look. If you want a fun look, simple decals; maybe etching; maybe cording of various lengths to which you've added beads or other jewels ....
  • Conniehatfield3 Conniehatfield3 on Nov 21, 2015
    don't overlook shower curtains or tablecloths, sheers on sale at thrift stores.. possible long tree limbs for rods/
  • CS CS on Nov 21, 2015
    I like the uniqueness of the windows. I would highlight them rather then conceal them. Do you want them covered? You could create a cornice above all of them.
  • Marlene Marlene on Nov 21, 2015
    I like the valance idea. It is simple and will add color to the room. Perhaps add a blind for privacy.
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Nov 22, 2015
    U could do it easy by just buying table runners & folding down one end & sewing it in place. That will create a fold to run a short rod thru & hang over each window. :)