How to Choose Window Treatments for Short and Wide Windows

Short and wide windows are tricky to dress up. Window coverings for short windows should provide an illusion of height and for wide windows, they should enhance the framing. You need to be, therefore, strategic with these types of windows whether you choose curtains, drapes, shades or valances. In this blog post, we’ve put together some ideas to help you choose the right window treatments for short and wide windows.

Hang Floor-Length Curtains

One idea is to use a floor-length curtain to make short windows look taller. Hang them on stylish curtain rods installed at least 5 inches above the window frame. If your window is both short and wide, a medium-weight fabric is a better choice. It’s also a good idea to choose pleated curtain styles for dressing up these windows. They’ll help create a frame on both sides of the window and make it appear narrower.

Flat or Hobbled Roman Shades

Roman shades are an excellent way to create a style statement for short windows. When the shade is pulled down, it creates the illusion of height, making the window appear as the same height of the shade. If you’re not fond of fabric roman shades, then you can opt for bamboo woven shades that’ll bring a beautiful texture to your space.

Cafe Curtains

Cafe curtains are hung midway on the window and they bring a perfect balance of light and privacy. For short windows, hang cafe curtains a little lower than midway on decorative rods. Choose the length of the curtain according to your choice.


Short and wide windows may offer a nice view of the outside depending on its location. In such a case, avoid hanging curtains that create too much interference with the view. The best way to use a valance above a short and wide window is to pair it with a roman shade. Mount the valance a few inches above the window in such a way that the valance covers the shade when pulled up. By keeping the valance a few inches above the window will also add the illusion of height.

It takes some planning when you buy window treatments for your short and wide windows. You also need to keep the interior decor in mind so that the window treatments match with the rest of the room.

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