Not every home has windows conveniently placed right in the middle of a wall. Many homes have windows near the corners of rooms. Choosing the right curtains or blinds for these windows depends on how much space you have between these corner windows.
Two windows, no wall gap
If there is no wall in between the two windows and the window frame architrave is shared by both you are better to have one curtain to the far side of each window that draw towards and meet at the corner.
Ensure the track or rod extends well past the edge of the window and right into the corner so that you’re not blocking any light when they’re open and the curtains appear as one continuous panel when closed.
If you prefer blinds instead curtains in this scenario we recommend a top down blind such as a roller blind or Venetians, mounted inside the frame. An inside mount offers a streamlined, more minimalist look with no risk of the blinds overlapping each other. You could also opt for vertical blinds and hang them as per the curtains, one per wall side of each window closing towards the corner.
Two windows, small wall gap
If there is enough of a gap/amount of wall in between each window frame and the corner of the room hang curtains on both sides of each window to evenly weight the appearance of each window when they are open.
All types of blinds are suitable in this scenario and you could choose either an inside mount or outside mount as long as they are carefully measured so as not to touch or overlap. As above, if you choose vertical blinds treat them similarly to the curtain suggestion and hang them on both sides drawing to a close at the centre of each individual window.
One window, small wall gap
If there is just one window that is very close to the corner of the room, having just one curtain on one side will look uneven, but having one on either side means you could block the window and miss out on light. In this instance curtains are less practical and a blind that lowers from the top down (roller or Venetian) is best. You could add a slim decorative curtain (one that doesn’t close) on each side; it won’t impede the light and will give the window a softer look than a blind alone.
One window, 90 degree bend, all glass no frame
By this we mean glass that meets in the corner. To hang curtains in this area you a continuous curved track or rod is essential as separate curtains would touch the glass. Vertical blinds that also curve right around are another good option. Roller blinds or anything with vertical slats or lines are not a good option. You’d need to ensure they were measured, made and installed precisely so there is no gap and no overlap, and with vertical slats there is the risk the slats would not match up giving a messy and uneven aesthetic.
For ease of opening, have curtains that do not slide at the top and are drawn back and placed behind a metal holdback. Although we love the soft, “romantic” feel this offers, we recommend it only if you have a lot of windows in a room as it will leave a portion of the window covered blocking light. This look is suitable for the two-window-no-gap scenario as well as the two-window-small-gap; hang them the same way in both scenarios, with one curtain per window on far, opposite sides of each, ensuring that when they are drawn the two curtains meet in the middle to give the appearance of one continuous panel.
Curtain rods can be tricky in corner windows as they often come with decorative knobs on the ends. Either choose tracks with can be hidden behind the curtain, a rod with a small end knob or hunt down a 90 degree corner rod adapter. It slots onto the end of each rod in the corner so there is no gap in between the two rods. This is best for the scenario where there is no wall gap between the two windows. Another alternative is to select a rod that curves back towards the wall at each end and screws directly into the wall.
Whatever your choice, you’ll get best results by having them custom-made. They will be properly and precisely measured and made so there are no gaps or overlaps. Check out our free guide to help you choose the right blinds for your home or free guide to help you choose the right curtains for your home.