Curtains for a Funny Little Window

The south side of our house gets a lot of gorgeous light.  It’s one of the things I love most about our house.  So I play it up.  I shun heavy, oppressive window coverings for light and airy choices that let the light in and add just a little romance.

But, as I’ve come to discover, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

The Ridiculously Bright Little Window

When I revamped my home office on the second-floor landing, I failed to do anything about the little pocket window to the left of my desk.  It sits next to a larger bank of windows, but on a sunny day this little window is the culprit that makes it impossible to see anything on my computer screen.

Pocket window before window covering

This little pocket window is one of four that we have upstairs, and they all open in from the top.  During warm weather, they are constantly open since they are great for air circulation.

Open pocket window before window covering

Lots of Window Coverings Won’t Work Here

Because this window tilts open from the top, and because it is flush with the moldings instead of being inset, I can’t install any type of blind.  Well, technically I might be able to, but it would look terrible and it would only work if we never opened the window.

So little café curtains are a good choice here, but I would never find the right size pre-made because I need the curtains to be extra long so they will cover the whole window even when it is opened.

And I learned the hard way that leaving even the tiniest open gap for the light to come in means I still won’t be able to see anything on my computer screen.

So I decided to make my own curtains for this little problem window.

The Simple Solutions Are Sometimes the Best

The solution was surprisingly simple – two long narrow curtain panels with rod pockets to go on the curtain rod that my husband installed above the window frame.

I wanted to block the light but not make the room dark and oppressive.  And I wanted to stay in the color scheme that I used for my office revamp – black with shades of gold, cream, and white.

I chose a cotton calico fabric and pre-washed it.

DIY window covering fabric

The printer cart sits under the window and luckily the fabric ends just short of interfering with the paper feed.

DIY window coverings

But when the window is opened, the curtains are still long enough to block the light, even though the look is a little strange.

DIY window coverings

But I am enjoying this cheerful new addition to my office décor, and now I can see my screen on a sunny day.

office with curtain2 edited cropped


If you don’t want to make your own curtains, there are so many beautiful custom options from the talented artisans on Etsy.  Here is a small sampling.


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6 Replies to “Curtains for a Funny Little Window”

  1. I absolutly love the print! What a lovely simple solution!
    I hope you will stop by my blog tomorrow and share this on the Something to Talk About link party!
    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you Karen, and I will definitely visit your blog tomorrow and share this post. Thanks for inviting me!

  2. Well I adore that sweet little window! The curtains are a pretty addition. I love how it opens! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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