Choosing Curtains and Blinds for Bay Windows

Dressing a bay window can seem like a daunting task but it can also be a very exciting project as it offers such a wide range of options and the results can be very rewarding. One option for a bay window is to dress it with a single pair of curtains. Flexible curtain poles made from PVC or acrylic can be bent to fit the shape of the bay window and are suitable for lighter curtains.

For a heavier set of curtains, curved aluminium curtain poles are more effective. For those on a tighter budget, a single straight curtain pole can be fitted at the front of the bay, completely concealing the bay area when the curtains are shut and saving money on the curtain pole and amount of fabric required for the curtains. This option also allows curtains to be drawn more easily.

Some people choose to dress their bay window with a number of roller blinds. Three separate roller blinds work well together. One advantage of this method is that the heights of the individual blinds can be adjusted at different points in the day to block out direct sunlight and alter the amount of light entering the room, depending on which direction the sun is hitting the window. Roller blinds can be a simple yet effective option as they are available in a range of colours and designs.

For a more dramatic effect, bay windows can be dressed in three different sets of curtains, each on their own individual curtain poles. This look can be particularly effective when a bold pair of curtains is set in the centre of the bay and two plainer, complimentary curtains or pairs of curtains are arranged at either side. This effect also provides an additional feeling of warmth and can make a real statement.

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