Window Decorating Ideas For Kids Rooms
There are many different types of window decorating that you can do in the kids bedroom. Whatever you decide to use always keep your child's safety in mind. If you use long kids drapery, keep in mind that your child could grab them a pull on them to pull themselves up, and the whole thing could come down
Blinds and shades have their issues as well. However manufacturers are offering safety features like breakaway cords so your child can't easily get choked if he gets his head caught in the cords. If you happen to purchase a blind or shade that doesn't offer this feature, consider getting the cord keeper that you mount to the window frame out of the kids reach, and you wrap the long shade/blind cord around it.
Window Blinds come in fabric, vinyl, aluminum, wood and faux wood. Shades also are available in woven wood, vinyl, fabric and faux wood. Most come with easy to follow installation instructions.
If you're into making your own shades on the cheap, you can't beat roman shades. They take a minimum amount of fabric and supplies. When it's time to change the room theme, you can take it apart and reuse everything except the fabric!
Hunter Douglas Window Treatments
Hunter Douglas window decorating treatments are my all time favorite for blinds and shades. Even their less expensive Celebrity line of aluminum blinds is great quality and work very well.
I had Hunter Douglas Silhouettes throughout most of a previous home. They are gorgeous and EXpensive! If you're not familiar with them, they work like a blind, with vanes that tilt, and the whole thing rolls up like a shade. The fabrics look like a sheer fabric with options for room darkening. They might be something you'd like to use in your own room. Hunter Douglas window treatments in my opinion stand for quality, hands down.
Bali Window Treatments
My second favorite is Bali blinds. Less costly, but still great quality. I've had the aluminum blinds in the past, but have recently purchased the pleated fabric shades and also the fabric cellular shades. My new home is a Mediterranean style with rough textured walls, and I had a hard time deciding on my blinds and window treatments.
The Bali pleated fabric shades are a little more casual, but I used them in the living and dining room. I put the dual cellular shades in the bedrooms to help with sound and light. My main concern with the cellular shade is that the fabric has a papery feel to it, and is fairly smooth (at least the one in my price range was). But they fit perfectly inside my window frame and work very smoothly. I ordered mine from American Blinds and Wallpaper and installed them myself! Oh and by the way, I got the top down bottom up feature on all of them. LOVE IT! But that's probably not a feature you'd want on the younger children's windows.
Window Decorating Summary
If you rent, you probably won't want to buy blinds and shades, because the chances of your next home having the same size windows is very slim! If that's the case, you're probably better off to consider curtains or drapery panels of some sort. Lined is always better, but buying quality lined curtains can be expensive. However, if you buy some basic panels with the thermal lining (which you can get pretty cheap if you find them on sale), it's easy to customize them or add a top treatment to make them less boring.
Window decorating for your kids window treatments needs to be basically 4 things. Sturdy, cleanable, safe and affordable.
Blinds and shades are reasonably priced if you shop carefully, and regulations require that they have safety features. They can be the only window decoration that you use. They can help control temperature, light and sound (if you opt for fabric blinds/shades).
I don't recommend getting vinyl blinds for your childrens window treatments either. They don't hold up well in direct sun, and tend to sag in the middle. You can usually get cheap aluminum blinds and shades at places like Wal-Mart and Lowes Home Improvements. Lowes and Home Depot actually have some inexpensive window treatments (blinds and shades) that they will cut to width for you while you wait.
DIY Window Decorating Ideas
Cute Valance with Buttons - Cut and paste episode ADI-104 into their search box.
- A fairly simple window treatment you can make yourself. It has three triangle panels with contrast trim and buttons. There are several ways you could customize this for your kid's window.
Swags and Cascades & Cornice Basics - Cut and paste episode DID-150 into their search box.
- How to make a swag and cascade top treatment with minimal sewing. Includes instructions on making your own pattern to custom fit the size of your window.
- Plus how to make a simple straight cornice and dress it up with wood or faux wood molding.
Customize Your Roller Shade - Cut and paste customize your roller shade with fabric into their search box.
- A simple way to get a custom look with a vinyl roller shade and fabric. This article should give you all kinds of ideas for your kids room window decorating.
Paint a Roller Shade - Cut and paste Episode DWS-529 into their search box.
- Sewing not your thing? You'll love this idea!
Make a Decorative Window Shade - Cut and paste episode DID-118 into their search box.
- How to make a completely custom roller shade for your kid's room using an old vinyl roller shade, your fabric to match the room, fusible backing and trims of your choice. This is simple and can really be dressed up with trims and a simple top treatment.
Roman Shade - Cut and paste episode DUCT-257 into their search box.
- It's easy to make and customize your own. Just think of the possibilities.
Scalloped Roller Shade - Cut and paste Episode DWS-442 into their search box.
- Made with the Pellon Roller Shade Kit
Paint a Canvas Roller Blind - If you want a quick project, this is it. Using fabric paints, stencil your own design on a canvas roller blind.