Window treatments over a radiator

thinktoomuchAugust 1, 2007

I have a formal Living Room filled with antique furniture. I bought the most amazing silk and I just want simple panels. I have a total of 4 windows. There are 2 radiators, but only one should cause a large problem. I have 2 windows together with a radiator under, but each window extends about 6" past each side of the radiator - I figured fixed panels would be fine. My problem is on the other wall there is 1 window on each side of the fireplace. Only 1 window has a very long radiator under it. The radiator extends 12" past each side of the window. I really wanted long panels, I just can't imagine cutting them all short because of the one rad. I could make a window seat to put on the rad and just do that one short. Or else make them extra wide and hang 1 panel sweeping to the side till it finally passes the rad (kind of faking that the windows are wider) and than match it on the other side of the fireplace. Sorry this is so confusing to describe. Any ideas?

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I think your idea to "fake" it over the radiator is going to be your best bet.
I've got radiators under almost every window in this house and the only way I can have long drapes is to extend the rods beyond the windows so I do understand your dilema.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 1:32PM
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I would keep the panels long and deal with it the best you can. I don't think it's a sin to let the panels hang in front of the rad a little.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 11:24AM
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we had the same thing in our living and dining rooms when i grew up.

all the radiators had cover boxes that looked like window seats-- they were metal but painted to match the walls.

my mom had box valances made for the windows that were wide enough to hang all the drapes.
each side of the window had a fixed panel all the way to the floor. then she had panels made that only came to the bottom of the sill/skimmed across the top of the radiator cover-- these could be opened and closed with a traverse rod. these panels and the fixed panels were the same fabric and were all lined. she also had sheers over just the windows and each window had a pull down shade as well.

in the dining room we had a triple window above a low radiator that was covered as well. we used the radiator for a sideboard. since the windows were so wide mom only had sheers and shades on the windows and fixed panels of drapes on each side with a valance going across the whole thing.

are your radiators covered? a cover makes them more 'managable' when you decorate-- the look like benches or side tables. since you are looking for a formal look, using fixed panels on each side of your radiators would make sense-- above the window the rods should have a treatment that ties everything together--lamberquin, valance, swags, etc. balance the radiator on the one side of your fireplace with a side table or bookcase of the same size.


    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 12:42PM
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