I decided to write on how to make arch window curtains because of many questions from my readers. If you are in this situation wondering how to go about making this type of curtains yourself, this article is for you.
You can make simple, easy, and elegant arch window curtains by following the few steps I will explain here.
Steps on How to Make Arch Window Curtains
Step #1: Get all the Materials you Need
To make an arch-shaped curtain yourself, you need a couple of materials:
- A mat board
- Tracing paper—pair of scissors
- Masking tape
- An Exacto knife
- A cutting surface
- Some scrap fabrics
For the scrap fabrics, the thinner the better, you can choose any design of your choice, but you have to consider the design that matches the room’s decoration.
Step #2: Measure the size of the Window
The next thing to do is to measure out the size of the window. You do this using the tracing paper. Fit the tracing paper into the arch window and cover the entire part of the window. Then you will use a pencil to trace around the shape of the window.
Bring the tracing paper out of the window and use scissors to cut around the pencil mark. After doing this, you will get a template that is precisely your window’s shape and size.
Step #3: Cut out the size of the window on the Mat Board
Now that you have a template that is the exact shape and size of your arch window, you will need to cut that same shape from the mat board.
Place the template on the mat board and use a pencil to trace the arch windows’ shape on the mat board. You can place the template under the board to guide you as you cut.
Step 4: Glue your Fabrics to the Window-shaped Mat Board
At this stage, you have a mat board that is the same shape and size as your window, which you cut in step 4. The matboard has two faces. One of the faces is black, and the other is white.
It is on the white side that you are going to glue the fabric. The black side will face the outside.
So turn the arch-shaped mat board so that the white side faces up, apply your adhesive on top of the white surface, and then place the fabric on top of it.
Make sure you place the fabric to align with the centre of the arch-shaped mat board. Then you will use a roller to press down the materials on the board. If you get this right, the fabric will adhere very well to the board and stays for many years.
Finally, at this stage, use scissors to cut wrong the fabric such that the material takes the shape of the arch-shaped mat board.
Step #5: Place the Arch Shaped Matboard into Your Arch Window
No, you have an arch-shaped matboard covered with fabric on the side. Place it on the window such that the fabric side will face the inside and the black side facing the outside.
Place the window’s grate behind the mat board to hold it tight to the window.
Step 6: Block all the Lights Sipping Through the Edges
You will see some tiny spaces around the edges, and you don’t want this there. To block this, we need to use a little bit of trim to block those spaces to have a total blackout which is what we desire.
The colour of the trim should match that of the fabrics such that it will be indistinguishable from the material itself.
Place the trim around the Window edges such that you now have a total blackout. Then you will use a hot glue gun to hold the frame down to the window.
Let me state here that using a hot glue gun is compulsory if you intend to make something that will last. A low-temperature glue gun may affect the adhesion, and the implication is that your arch window’s lifespan will be very short than expected. Therefore, stick to the hot glue gun when sticking the trim around the window.
When applying the glue, make sure you pay attention to detail, especially at the corner, so that you can arrive at something with a professional look.
How to Dress a Window with an Arched Window?
Arch windows are unique in the sense that they give the windows a fantastic look. In the section above, we looked at how to make arch window curtains.
You can use blinds to dress up your arch-shaped windows. The advantage of using blinds is that they are easy to open in every direction and so you can easily control the amount of light you want inside the room.
Shades are also an excellent choice for arch windows. Aside from providing privacy, they also shade your room, thereby blocking off sun and heat quickly.
In this write-up, I have taken you through how to make arch window curtains. As you must have observed, the steps are pretty straightforward.
You need to have the necessary tools and materials required for the tasks, and in a few hours, you will finish the design.
Let me reemphasise here that we must pay attention when choosing the fabrics used for the curtain. The fabric design should match the décor of the room.