Curtain solutions for apartment bedrooms

Posted by on Aug 11, 2010 in Case Studies, Curtains | No Comments

OK, so we’ve had a look at window treatments for apartment sitting rooms/ living spaces – but what about the bedroom? Some of the same rules apply.. others don’t. On the one hand the curtains need to be functional (blackout immediately springs to mind) but aesthetic considerations are clearly still key, and as with any new build living space, practical considerations (eg. lack of drawback space), as ever, rear their ugly head.

The Brief: so we return to our Pan Peninsula Square, Canary Wharf case study for inspiration for this blog. The bedroom window sits in a recess (225cms wide x 230cms drop). Our client wants a blackout solution, but he also wants to maintain privacy during the day time.

Striped linen curtains made to measure with wave heading and blackout curtains behind
Sheer voile curtains with ripplefold heading and blackout curtains behind

The solution: we select a semi sheer linen (Linea 71) with a distinctive dual tone mocha stripe, to maintain the masculine theme running through the flat from the Sitting Room area. We set this in the front of the recess on an Evans Design System track (so called because its angled front blends seamlessly into the ceiling).

The curtain has a ripplefold (wave) heading which requires minimum drawback space – perfect for this recess. The striped linen curtains make a stylish statement, and hide the blackout lined, cartridge pleat curtains that run on a separate track – parallel to the first and set further back into the recess.  Why cartridge pleat? We want the curtains to sit in front of, as opposed to below the track to minimise the amount of light getting into the room. The wave/ ripplefold system by definition has to sit below the track and so a cartridge pleat is perfect, because it maintains the contemporary look of the ripplefold heading whilst allowing you to position the curtains as far up the track as required.

blackout curtains for apartment bedroom windows
The blackout lined curtains are hidden behind the linen curtains during the day but cut out the light when closed

Tip Summary:

Where space for your curtains to drawback into is limited, go for a heading (such as the ripplefold or wave) that doesn’t take up too much space. If your windows are well glazed, consider further cutting down the bulk of the curtains by opting for sheers, or don’t have your curtains interlined where you need blackout lining to keep your bedroom dark on those summer mornings.

If keeping your room dark on those summer mornings is key, make sure your curtain maker measures the recess extremely carefully so as to allow as little light to permeate under and above the curtains as possible – and choose a track that is specially designed to have curtains sitting in front of (as opposed to below) it.

Where privacy is important, consider cotton voiles or linens as a stylish way to maintain the privacy of your living space. Remember, they’re not an all or nothing solution, and can work really well sitting behind or in front of your dim out curtains.

Don’t compromise – work hard with your curtain supplier or designer to produce a scheme that you absolutely love!