Drapery Dilemma

Gardening-GraceApril 12, 2013

I loved the size of the windows in my condo, until I had to figure out draperies. The problem is, the windows go to the ceiling and there is an 8-inch heater box on the floor. Drapes should not cover the heat source, but will they look strange coming to just an inch above that? On the far left and right, drapes could go ceiling-to-floor, but the left side also has access to the balcony which needs to be clear.

Also, most ceiling mounted rods would leave a space at the top where light would come through. I thought about doing a Ripplefold system but can't find the hardware anywhere I've looked! Any suggestion will be appreciated, N.B. Privacy is not an issue but filtering light IS.

This post was edited by Gardening-Grace on Fri, Apr 12, 13 at 11:00

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I'd mount the rod on the ceiling and add a second rod in front with a valance, to help block the light.

Or create a cornice box around the curtain rod to block the light.

Or look into ceiling mounting blackout honeycomb shades.

I'd have the drapes stop an inch above the heater, although I've had them touch the heater and nothing has ever happened.

Just how dark do you need to make the room? Because you could also do 2 roman shades, mounted side by side, but light would come in between them.

Or consider vertical blinds.

I'd also take a look at the building from outside and see what your neighbors are doing.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 11:40AM
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You might want to post this in the Home Decorating forum for additional suggestions.

Stopping the drapes an inch above the heater box would be the logical thing to do. I can't think of any way around that. I would still worry that the heat would over time damage the fabric. It is odd that the heater box extends into the patio doorway - you have to step over the heater box to get outside.

You can buy ripplefold rods on line; Kirsch makes them. I don't think a minor gap at the top from a standard curtain rod mounted on the ceiling would be a problem if you are only interested in light filtering. You might want to check to see what your ceiling material is. If that's a concrete ceiling, installing a rod is going to be a lot of work.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2013 at 3:12PM
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room dividers/folding screens. They sit on the floor and they're uber portable. Whats not to like? =)

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 8:58PM
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