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Standard Window - Cornice

by Ron
(Birmingham, AL)

Question

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I have built a cornice that is shaped along the bottom. It has a 45 degree angle near each end which is only about 2 inches in length, and then runs straight until it reaches the other end.

I am trying to wrap it with fabric, but when I get to the "angle" portion, I am having trouble getting the fabric not to bunch up on the face of the face board.

I do not know anything about covering a cornice, except he basics of how to pad it, and then wrap it. if the board was a straight edge along the bottom I would be OK, but its not.

How do I wrap this in the transition to avoid bunching in the front?

The only idea I had was to cut the fabric on the backside at the point of the transition, and hopefully relieve the stress on the material.

Got any ideas?

Answer

First you need to minimize the amount of fabric that will bunch up by the corners by easing the fabric while stapling it to the cornice on the straight edge.

Keep the staples close to each other and pull the fabric tight but leave just a bit of extra fabric between the staples.

Now you will have less fabric at the corners and that extra fabric can be can be cut out from the underside. But please cut carefully because overdoing it can cause you to ruin your project.

After cutting out the extra fabric staple it on tightly keeping the staples close to each other.

Good luck with your project!

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Cornice Window treatment for Door Joining Window

by R. BAUM
(BROOKLYN, NY)

wooden cornice

wooden cornice

Question

To the left of the window in my dining room is a door (its like 1 piece). The door opens to the inside of the room. I have only 6" above the window/door. What type of valance can I choose?

Answer

The ideal valance for this small area is a cornice. A cornice is a hard valance that usually comes in a rectangular shape. It can be covered with fabric or can be made in an ornate wood to match your moldings. Or it can be made from a combination of wood and fabric.

The most important is that it does not have to be too tall and can easily fit in your 6 inch space.

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Single Window Idea

by Maureen McAdoo
(Gwynedd Valley, Pa)

Hi there. I sew custom treatments. I have a client who wants balloon pleated shades on two windows. Then the other two she wants something different - they are on either side of a fireplace.

The fabric is very think damask - old world feeling. The balloons are going to be big and full. 68" wide. The other windows are about 50".

Any suggestions? we were going to do simple cornice boxes but she wants something more "special". Not sure what to do so the whole room flows. thanks!

Answer

You can put a balloon insert across the width of the cornice box. This will keep the theme of the balloon valance without overpowering the smaller windows.

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