Best Ideas for Covering Windows That Are Close Together

At Strickland’s, we take pride in tackling a variety of design challenges; that’s what our job as window treatment experts is all about! Covering windows that are close together is one such challenge. We’ve seen our share of customers daunted by the idea of finding window treatments for this common design dilemma. Don’t worry – you’ll soon discover that covering windows that are close together presents opportunities for stylish design solutions. Here are three window challenges that can be easily solved:

windows that are close together with a roman  shade treatment

One, Two, or Three Windows?
Two or three windows that are close together on a single wall can pose a conundrum: Should you treat them as individual windows or as a single window? Pro tip: measure the space between the windows. If it is three inches or less, consider treating you windows as one large window.

As the gap between each window widens, your options multiply. For gaps ranging from 3 to 6 inches, you can consider cellular, roman, or pleated shades for each separate window. Larger gaps, like 7 to 12 inches or more, allow for any type of window treatment because there is ample room for any window mount (inside, outside or frame) style. Windows with these larger gaps should always be treated as separate windows – one long window treatment spanning multiple wide gaps would look odd!

Roman Shades with Cordlock by Hunter Douglas and Roman Shades with EasyRise™ cord loop by Hunter Douglas

The Tight Corner
We view corner windows that are close together as an opportunity rather than a problem. If your corner windows are close together but have separate frames, inside mounted shades or blinds can be a great solution.

Roman Shades with EasyRise™ cord loop by Hunter Douglas

Or, if draperies are more your style, there are multiple ways to address a corner window. We can mount a rod above both windows and treat them separately, hanging draperies on either side of each window. We can also treat the two windows as one, using elbow connectors to combine two rods into one. This allows for multiple hanging drapery panels (for example, one on either side of the rod, plus one in the middle) that cover the span of windows.

Bay Windows
Like corner windows, bay windows often need to be covered at an angle. Because bay windows are often a key feature in a home, many homeowners turn to custom options for inspiration such as a combination of outside-mounted shades with draperies flanking either side of the bay.

The takeaway is this – whether your home features windows that are close together or further apart, any window treatment challenge can be tackled with the right combination of hardware and expertise. And, just as have been for nearly 80 years, we’re here to help you get started. Give us a call or come on by our showrooms in Wilmington, NC or Myrtle Beach, SC to see what we can do for you.