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It’s Curtains for Romeo! Dormer rods are THE solution for dormer windows and juliet balconies

Juliet balconies are a wonderful addition to loft conversions, as they’re a great way of borrowing a little extra valuable space from the eaves. They bring a huge amount of  light into the room, and the french doors featured in the picture below make the room feel light, airy and expansive when open, eliminating any claustrophobic feelings you might otherwise have had.

However that light you were so desperate to maximise during the day can become a source of huge irriation on summer mornings when you’re rudely awoken in your loft bedroom at 5.30am – and these recessed spaces can be very tricky to curtain. The recess gives you minimal space to attach any curtain tracks, let alone poles, and careful consideration has to be given to ensuring that the curtains don’t get in the way of the french doors. There may not be sufficient clearance above the doors for a roller blind – which let’s face it, on its own is hardly the cosiest solution for a bedroom. You could go for made to measure roman blinds, but again, given the minimal space above the doors, your only option will be to have a roman blind attached to each door – which will look rather cumbersome, obscure valuable window space during the day and will not be very effective at blacking out your bedroom at night. Aaaahhhhgggg! What on earth do you do??

A juliet balcony prior to installation of curtains

A juliet balcony prior to installation of curtains

Dormer rods are a great solution in this situation. They take up minimal space on the wall and hinge open and closed, allowing you to fully operate your french doors whilst still being able to close your curtains properly at night.

There are a few things you need to consider:

Slot headings work best: simple slot headings work best. These are two parallel lines of stitching through the fabric at the top of the curtain which make a sleeve or slot for the dormer rod to be pushed through. In the example below the parallel lines were stitched 4cms apart to accommodate a 12mm diameter brass dormer rod.

Dormer rods - the solution for a juliet balcony window

Dormer rods – the perfect solution for a juliet balcony recessed window

Choose light weight curtains: Your curtain will need to be fairly light weight so that it can be slotted onto the dormer rod. The curtains pictured above have been fabricated with a tanjore silk face fabric, light weight interlining and blackout lining.

Fabric widths should be limited: The curtain should be approximately 1.5 times the finished width of the dormer rod.

The curtains are hinged back allowing the doors to open fully

The curtains are hinged back allowing the doors to open fully

Measure your drop carefully: You also need to add about twice the circumference of the pole to the drop of the curtain to allow for the slot.

The end result is a wonderfully practical solution to a tricky problem. When closed, the slot heading creates a pretty, gathered heading effect for your curtains. When hinged back the curtains sit neatly against the recess. Where, as in this example the recess tapers away down to the floor (see top photo above), the curtains can be made to neatly follow the taper with appropriately positioned holdbacks.

Slot heading, made to measure silk curtains on dormer rod

Slot heading, made to measure silk curtains on dormer rod

4 thoughts on “It’s Curtains for Romeo! Dormer rods are THE solution for dormer windows and juliet balconies

  1. Hi I have just had a beautiful window fitted in my loft but the window is on a slant are there any blinds that would fit this kind of window

    • Hi Diane
      Thanks for this. There are various blinds that would fit this kind of window and you might first want to check whether the window manufacturer has their own range. Velux for example has a range of blinds (blackout, roller, flying pleated, venetian) that are specially designed to fit into the actual window casement itself. You take the window code off the actual window and this tells them the size of your window.

      These blind systems are perhaps a little functional, so if you’re after something a little more cosy/characterful to fit on the outside of the window recess, and the slant of your window/ ceiling isn’t too great, you could go for a roman blind that’s specially designed to work on sloping ceilings
      Let us know if you need any further help.

      Charlie

  2. Hi,

    Do you know where to get Chrome Dormer Rods? I thought they would be very popular but can’t seem to find them.

    Thanks

    Juliet

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