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Recessed Window Treatments 1

Why should it be so expensive, especially in this time of economic upheaval, to have unique and interesting window treatments without paying a fortune for them?

Are you ready to rethink window treatments?

Why should window treatments for just one room be designed to last for eternity? How long to do really want to be stuck with that specific design, or those colors? Do you want to spend the same amount of money on your windows each time you change your color scheme or furniture?

I decided to see how frugal I could be when I decorated the window in the spare bedroom to use as my office and computer room. I wanted to be able to change the window treatment and go with a different look and color as often as I liked without agonizing over the cost of getting rid of the unwanted window treatment each time I changed the room.

The recessed window treatment that I came up with for my office is very, very frugal, very easy to create, and if you don't like it when you finish it, you can casually toss it out without much guilt about wasting money.

Recessed Window in My Office

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© Bobbie Jean Peachey

The window treatment will go on each side of the outside of the recessed window and on the outside across the top of the recessed window. I won't be putting blinds or a covering over the window as the window screening on the outside does not allow sun through the window. This will allow my office to be private from outside view but will allow but allow me to view outside and to have plenty of light inside the room.

Material Needed

  • 2 pieces of cardboard or thin plywood. One for each side of the window.
  • 1 longer piece of cardboard or thin plywood to go across the top of the window.
  • Enough thin batting material to cover and lap over the 2 side pieces and the longer piece across the top of the window.
  • Material of your choice to cover and lap over the cardboard or thin wood and batting.
  • Tape or glue to firmly hold the material to the back of the cardboard or thin wood.
  • Thumbtacks or decorative screws to attach the finished cardboard or thin plywood to the wall.
  • Note: I'm using cardboard, thumbtacks, and duck tape to create my window treatment. By using very inexpensive materials I can redecorate my window several times a year according to the seasons. Below is a finished sample of the window treatment so that you have an idea of what the finished project will look like.

    window3.gif - 47.2 K
    © Bobbie Jean Peachey

    Window Treatment Design 1
    Making the Top and Sides Pieces
    Finishing and Attaching the Top Piece
    Sample Window Treatment Design 2
    Sample Window Treatment Design 3

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