Create a Window Treatment Optical Illusion

I know you’re probably tired of seeing our family room.  I still don’t have the new window treatments made for this room.

While you wait for me to get off my duff and sew make the new panels, I decided to show you my plan.

Have you noticed our sofa is not centered with the window?

Boots Welcome on Tool Box Coffee Table

The builders centered the window between the left wall and the double door unit, but we needed bookshelves.  Handy Builder Dad (and I, the incapable apprentice ;-/) built the bookcase and mantel unit, which is a wonderful thing.

But, now the window is so close to the cabinets beneath the shelving, our sofa can’t be centered.  We’ve lived with it for a while, and I’m happy the solution has finally jelled in my mind.

Here’s a sketch drawing of the window.  Simple, I know – skip the molding and sill.  😉

Window Sketch

I’ll extend the new rod out to the right of the window a good distance.  Here are the panels drawn over the window sketch.

Window Treatment Sketch

Artist, I am not.  Ha!  But, you get the idea.  The new placement creates a new visual center  father down the wall where we can center the sofa.

New Panels Sketch

Notice, too, that I’m lifting the rod closer to the crown molding.

Here’s a look at the room again.  I’ll remove the wall decor beside the existing panel since the new drapery panel would cover it.  Can you visualize the new look?

Boots Welcome on Tool Box Coffee Table

Problem windows don’t have to be a problem.  Optical illusions are a wonderful thing!

Added after new windows completed:


I’m making pleated draperies.  Would you like to guess which style of pleats, just for fun?


125 px Signature

I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.  🙂



  1. says

    Kim, I think your plan is great! I can’t wait to see the results and yes, I think it will make a big difference! Have a joy-filled Monday!!! Blessings, Pam

    • says

      Pam, thank you. That means a lot, coming from a pro like you. With all our summer trips, I’m beginning to think it may be Fall before I finish. Horrors!

    • says

      Ha! It only took me seven years to figure it out and now another year to get it done! But, I did learn a thing or 100 from a very smart bald guy. 😉

  2. teresa says

    Euro pleats? I know you’ve probably though of it, but couldn’t you reposition the sofa opposite and place a couple of chairs with a centered table under the window? Just a thought.

    • says

      Yes, Teresa, I’ve arranged the sofa every way possible. The opposite wall is only about 40″ before the opening to the foyer hallway, so it just looked weird. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Please keep them coming…I need all the help I can get. About the pleats, I made the master bedroom panels with Euro pleats, so I think I’ll do something different in the family room…whenever I get time to get back to it.

  3. Penny says

    That is such a good idea. It’s like our kitchen sink, it’s not lined up with the center of the window but it’s not correctable like the idea that you have. I think your drawing is actually pretty good.

  4. says

    I’ve had to do this in almost every home I’ve lived in lol – seriously – older homes didn’t seem to mind off centered windows back in the day !
    No one will ever know – it’s the perfect solution !
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    • says

      Yes, and even some new construction occasionally has a pair of windows not quite set right along a wall. Thank goodness we can disguise things a bit! 🙂

  5. says

    Kim, this is a brilliant idea! Also, I am impressed that the book cases were built by your husband and you. Wow!

    • says

      Thanks, Diane. My dad is HBD – Handy Builder Dad. I apologize for not spelling it out in my post. I sometimes try to give readers a break from having to read it all spelled out every time. I should know better, though, since my omission usually causes someone to question who I’m talking about. Anyway, Dad did most of it, and I helped a little and learned a lot! 🙂