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How to make a pelmet for curtains

You can make a pelmet for curtains by using foam core or plywood to create a structure which can be covered in a fabric of your choice and mounted to the wall above your curtains. They can add a finishing touch to your window design.

Pelmets are the covering which can sit on top of a set of curtains; they are available in a variety of styles including simply fabric which is attached to the curtain track or a pelmet box which is a more structured design. Pelmets are a great finishing touch to add to your window design as they cover the curtain rod and can serve as a fun finishing touch. In this article we’ll explain how you can make your own box-style pelmet to sit above your window dressing.

What You’ll Need

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Foam core or Plywood
  • Thin quilt batting or wadding
  • Ribbon for decoration
  • Fabric glue
  • Duct tape
  • Two lightweight L-Brackets or Wood Back Board
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Staples and Stapler

Step 1: Measuring for Size

Measure your window where you would like the pelmet to sit. You can generally ‘eyeball’ how wide, high and deep you wish the pelmet to be however you should make measurements to ensure it covers the track.

Step 2: Cut Foam Core/Plywood

Now it is time to begin cutting the foam core which will form the structure of your curtain pelmet. Cut them to the size as you have measured and secure them together using duct tape. If you choose to use plywood you will need to secure it using wood glue and nails.

Step 3: Cover with Quilt Batting

Cover the structure with quilt batting and staple or duct tape it to the back. Use enough to cover it and extra to cover the edges.

Step 4: Cover with Fabric

Now, as you did with the quilt batting, cover the structure with your fabric and staple to the inside. You can also decorate with your choice of accessories, such as ribbons if you wish. If you choose a patterned fabric, you may not need to.

Step 5: Fit to the Wall

If you are using brackets to attach your pelmet, fix these where they need to sit on the wall on the two pelmet sides and clamp into place. Now, you can mount the pelmet. If you are using a wooden back board; nail it to the wall above your window before fixing the pelmet to it and securing with nails.

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