Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Beds & Windows: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Bedroom windows can be tricky, but don't let them discourage you OR have too much control of your bed placement. A bed in front of a window can definitely work. Just remember: Window treatments should not compete with your headboard or furniture--they need to get along! Here are some tips:

Beds Blocking Windows: If your bed is directly in front of your window, opt for a non-obtrusive headboard. You don't want your headboard to be too tall and block a majority of the light coming in. Remember, they need to get along. If possible, install panels, so that they flank the bed. Try to avoid blocking your panels with your bed.

Windows Above the Bed: I recently worked with a client who had three square windows above her bed. Rather than using full-length panels (that would have been covered by the bed), we opted for pelmet boxes and roman shades similar to what's shown in the House Beautiful picture. This gives a completed look without cluttering the wall behind the bed. 

Windows Flanking the Bed: This one's not as difficult, since you can install two panels on each window. The tricky part comes when there is little space between the bed and the window, and/or the bed and the wall. If this is the case, try using a light or shear panel, so that you are not blocking light. This will also help avoid window treatments that feel too heavy and compete with the headboard and/or nightstands. Another option is using a partial rod and one panel on each window. This gives the illusion of one big window and avoids a feeling of being crowded (especially if you have a headboard, panels, and nightstands to work with). 
image from House Beautiful
image from Atlanta Homes Mag

image from The Lettered Cottage


  1. Love these shots- I am in the mood for a new bedroom set; the one we inherited is dated + clunky and leaves us with only one option for bed placement (against the biggest wall). Great ideas with this post! :)


  2. Love this post, glad I found you, I have the same thing in my master bedroom, and I am about to re-do this place from top to bottom!! Stopping in from Sits Sharefest!

    1. Lucky you! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  3. Beauties! So many people seem stumped by windows, but really, you can be creative and use them to your advantage.

  4. Bed placement is so hard our bedroom has corner windows so its even harder. I love all 3 my favorite is the 2nd photo. Stopping by from SITS

    1. Corner windows are definitely tricky, but I'm sure you can make it lovely! I would love to visit your website, but I am not able to link through your profile as it is not public. Would you like to leave your url?


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