The Best Window Coverings on Double Windows

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Double windows are defined as side by side windows of an even size. Typically, double windows are seen in a home's common areas such as living rooms, dining rooms or basement living rooms. While a benefit of double windows is the increased amount of light they let into a home, there are times when privacy is wanted. Window coverings and treatments for double windows should be symmetrical, as the window is treated as a single unit.

Curtains

  • With a large double window, curtains are a good option. First, using curtains allows for a high degree of privacy, especially if you choose a thick, heavy fabric that does not allow light to penetrate through. Depending upon the aesthetic of the room, curtains also add an additional opportunity for design with the color or pattern as well as the curtain rods themselves. While standard curtain rods can be placed either above the window frame or inside it, curtain rods with decorative ends should be mounted above the window frame to highlight the ornamental ends of the rod.

Nets and Sheers

  • For rooms with a lighter feeling such as a bright kitchen or a double window in a foyer, nets and sheers are good options for a double window covering. While these window treatments do provide privacy, they do not have the heavy presence of a thick curtain. Nets and sheers should be mounted inside the window frames to add to the airy design element. Another successful use for sheer curtains is to place them underneath a thick curtain, so they can be used when pulling a thick curtain is not necessary, such as when a brief shield is needed from the afternoon sun.

Blinds

  • Any type of blind can be used as a covering on a double window. Depending upon the size of the double windows, coverage can be either one large blind or two separate blinds. If purchasing multiple blinds for one double window is necessary, make sure the blinds purchased are the exact same across the entirety of the window. Mount the blinds inside the window frame. Also mount hooks in the lower corners of the window frame to wrap the blind chords around so they do not hang loosely. Loose blind chords are a potential hazard to children.

Roman Shades

  • Using roman shades as a covering for a double window creates a cohesive effect, as the treatment stretches across the entirety of the window. In addition to this design element, another benefit to roman shades is their ability to be drawn to whatever necessary area on the window. Roman shades can remain high, like a valance, stay in the middle of the window or cover the window completely.

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