Asked on Jan 26, 2012

I'm trying to redo my 11 year old daughters bedroom and really having a hard time figuring out how to hang curtains.

Marion NesbittRegina PaluchniakDaV1978871
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Its hard to see in the picture, but see how the window butts up against the bookshelf? How do I hang a curtain rod in this situation? Any ideas??
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  • With shutters its difficult even without any storage and bookshelf installed. Remember if you place any type of curtain over the window the shutter will not be able to be opened. Unless you use curtain rods that are hinged and only go halfway across the window. Using this type of rod will allow your daughter to swing the curtain open to allow access to the shutter which then can be opened. Or using very small rods like they use on doors with windows. Place a rod on top of the shutter itself so you can open the shutter by the hinges to allow to open the window. What you do not want to do is prevent easy access to the window in case of an emergency such as her sneaking out at night when she gets older. Or a fireman getting in or out in case of a fire or real emergency.

  • Melissa G
    on Jan 27, 2012

    You could hang a curtain rod from the right and go as far as you can to the left, right to the bookshelf -- then hang a very "puffy" style curtain to cover up the space next to the bookshelf. Another idea is to do a curved curtain rod -- one that goes along the wall and then curves onto the bookshelf. Not sure where you would find such a curved rod, though. You could also hang curtains from the very top of the shutters. You would have to hang two panels, one from each shutter.

  • Melissa G
    on Jan 27, 2012

    Yet another idea is to chop off a small portion of the molding near the wall. Then you could hang a curtain rod as normal.

  • Hi Marla, I just recently ran into this same problem with a client in a kitchen. We decided to go with a cornice board window treatment and I had the cornice board cut out the exact dimensions as the trim so the cornice board fit around the trim. It looks as though its unified and the trim is sitting infront of the window treatment. I am going back to the clients next week to take pics and will be happy to send them to you if you'd like. Good luck!

  • Of course in your case, you would mount the board ontop of the window trim.

  • Robin F
    on Jan 27, 2012

    Or, you can place a curved rod on the window trim and buy/make curtains w/ a 2" header with very little play (gathers) and it may not be perfect, but will give you a window dressing to fit a tight space.

  • Patricia
    on Jan 27, 2012

    On the opposite side seems like some kind of shelf. You could use a tension rod between the bookshelf and the smaller shelf.

  • Laura G
    on Jan 27, 2012

    Also, maybe one of those cable wire thingys (sorry, don't remember what they are called) because you can customize the width and it can be hung from the ceiling instead of on the wall.

  • Joyce R
    on Jan 27, 2012

    They make rods where one end has no finial so it can bump right up to all ot object. Then you can hang draperies or just panels.

  • THERESA W
    on Jan 27, 2012

    I would suggest a tension rod from book case to book case. I use them under my pretty curtains for the room darkening curtain and hang them in the window frame.

  • Faidra at CA Global Inc
    on Jan 28, 2012

    you can do a valance hung directly to window trim, they have ones thart have extenders which u could attach a spring loaded rod, be frugal and use an inexpensive shower rod, attach curtain

  • Karin S
    on Apr 30, 2012

    Use a tension rod.

  • Sarah A. Victory
    on Sep 3, 2015

    I don't use any type cover over my plantation shutters, however I would go w/the majority as far as suggesting a tension rod or shower rod for your space issue.

  • DaV1978871
    on May 5, 2016

    Hang it from the ceiling. Then you don't have to worry about the shutters. Just make sure that the curtain/balance just kisses the bottom of the trim. It will make the window look larger, too.

  • Regina Paluchniak
    on Nov 10, 2016

    From the ceiling

  • Marion Nesbitt
    on Nov 16, 2016

    Think the shutters on the window are very nice and wouldn't worry about curtains. You could drape with the small end near the bookcase with a swoop across and a long length to the floor on the other side.

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