Include the softening influences of fabric behind a bed to acheive focal point status.

Window Treatments for Behind the Bed

by D Ann Kross

Enhance the inviting and softening effects of a bed by including window treatments behind it. Besides providing excellent insulating value from noise and weather extremes, the aesthetic benefits include immeasurable tactile appeal. Extend the color scheme or room's overall design theme with a romantic exclamation point that begins and ends directly behind the bed.

1. Bedding Buddies

The cocooning effect of window treatments behind a bed is appealing to all age groups. Drafts are minimized, which helps reduce the need for external heating. Include interlining and thermal lining to maximize insulating benefits, including external noise reduction. Children are fond of embellishing their bed with canopied and tented treatments that encourage bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Work with flexible and curved rod sets that are specifically designed to be mounted from the ceiling; or choose lightweight, pliable materials, such as prefabricated decorative molding or PVC tubing and components, to create your own dimensional drapery treatment.

2. Slumber Time

A canopied bed is the perfect starting point to include draperies behind the bed. Enhance the dramatic lines of a canopied bed by highlighting the wall area directly behind the bed with details such as extra fullness, valance overlays, fringe and cording details or perhaps a centerpiece of framed art mounted directly over the headboard. Utilize the framing effect of a canopied bed to cocoon the entire bed in soft, low-maintenance fabric that flows in abundance, such as batiste sheers, or a stain-resistant cotton blend. Incorporate tiebacks or cording accents to draw back the canopy panels at the four corners of the bed for an inviting look.

3. Bedroom Bliss

Window treatments behind your bed maximize your bedroom's appeal. If a window exists proportionally behind the bed, opt for an operable treatment, such as pleated draperies on a traversing rod or an inside-mounted Roman shade, to benefit from and control natural light. Multiple treatments, such as an inside-mounted, room-darkening cellular shade beneath outside-mounted pleated sheer panels and a board-mounted swag and cascade valance, offer a variety of light and privacy control options throughout the day. You may opt to disguise the shape, size or location of your bedroom window if does not enhance the desired placement of the bed. Choose tightly woven fabrics and include window treatments with light-blocking features, such as full-length, gathered panels with blackout lining, to eliminate tell-tale window outlines.

4. Designer Dreams

Beyond custom-made bedding and window treatments, alternative resources can help you realize your bedroom decorating dreams. Select a bedding ensemble that features multiple components, including curtain panels, valances, pillows and sheets. Work with the largest flat sheets available to create an opulent extension of the bed linens behind the bed. Utilize the existing finished top hem of a flat panel as a rod pocket to accommodate a plain curtain rod mounted at ceiling height for elongating visual appeal. Opt to layer the top with a ready-made valance or create one from a solid color sheet and include coordinating tassels or cording along the bottom edges for a dreamy finish.

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