Covering a Board for Window Treatment Mount

Board Prep for Window Treatments

I mentioned last week that I’m working on a sewing project.  It’s not time for a big reveal yet, but I’ve decided to share some individual steps with you along the way.

As I work on window treatments, I continually wonder about things.

I wonder what you would like to learn…

how much detail you might need…

what parts of the process you already know…

and what parts you don’t know.

Mounting window treatments to boards isn’t talked about very often.   Is that something you might like to try sometime?

It’s very easy to do, and they’re quick to mount on the wall – more so than rods, in my opinion.  Let’s not forget the economical factor of boards, too.

For a professional look, you’ll want to cover the board with lining fabric before stapling the treatment to it.  I’ve seen others paint their boards, but I’m too impatient to watch paint dry!   Besides, it would take several coats of paint to cover the ugliness of this board’s damage.

Cut Lining to Size

Cut a strip of lining 2″ longer than your board and 5-6″ wider .

Which direction to place your board for covering:

If your board has any edges that are not completely square (like with my ugly board – see beginning picture), you want it to face away from your treatment stapling side.  The upper edge needs to be evenly squared off because your treatment will hang from that edge.  After all your hard work, you don’t want a droopy or sagging area.

We’re talking shape here, not pretty-ness.  If your board is square on the ugly side, it’s safe to place the ugly side up.  Place the board in the center of the fabric strip.

With your squared side facing up, wrap one edge of your fabric strip around to the top side and hot glue to the board.

Hot Glue Lining to Board

Wrap the other edge of fabric to the top side and hot glue that.  The fabric edges don’t have to meet, but my strip was a little wider than necessary.  I’m fancy about eyeballing the strip when I cut it, so it turns out different every time.

Eges Glued

The ends are folded as you would wrap a present.

Hot Glue Board Ends

Load every fold with plenty of hot glue.  The ends are secured neatly, and they don’t have to be beautiful.  The ends aren’t exposed after attaching the treatment.

Board Ends Covered

Which side of the board to mount the window treatment.

Something to remember is that one side of the covered board will be visible when you look under the window treatment.  I’ll show in a later post the treatment shortcuts for mounting onto the board.

Board Cover Complete
This is how the board is mounted inside a window frame.  Notice the pretty side of the covered board is exposed.  The board is screwed directly into the window frame this way.  Very easy!

View Under Curtain

An L-bracket attached to the board works well for mounting on a wall or door.  I should mention that this Roman shade is mounted so that the covered board is exposed a good deal.  In this case, I cover the board with the treatment fabric rather than lining.

L-Bracket Mount

I’m heading back to the craft cave to finish the master bedroom shades.  Oops!  It was going to be a surprise…but it’s fine if you know my secret.  You are my friends!

Are you working on a project at your house?  I hope it turns out exactly as planned, or maybe even better. 🙂

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