How to Make Window Cornices and Trim


It is a real shame that so many people still think that window cornices and trim are used only for country decorum. Although this type of window treatment does coordinate with a country home perfectly, because there are so many different styles, designs, and materials from which to choose, windows in any home would be beautifully enhanced regardless of interior design.

In addition, window cornices and trim could be used as a standalone window treatment, which prevents an outside view from being blocked. However, this solution is also gorgeous when coupled with mini blinds, curtains, shades, and simple sheers.


Of course depending on the style, design, and material used, window cornices and trim can be formal and elegant or casual with a more traditional look. Another huge benefit is that cornices are easy to make. As a result, you would have the chance to create windows that looked as if done by a professional but without the high cost, come up with the exact aesthetics wanted, and enjoy self-gratification from a job well done.

Although you could find any number of patterns in bookstores, at various brick and mortar companies found locally, and online, the following information shows one method for creating window cornices and trim Creative Business Name Generator.

Remember, you can make window cornices and trim as a unit or make only the cornice box without the trim. In addition, cornices can be constructed from several types of material although wood is the most common. With wood, you could paint or stain the finished cornice frame. If wanted, you could install it just like that, which would be gorgeous. However, because fabric covered cornices are by far the most popular choice, we have provided information specific to this design option so you would have the full effect of window treatments such as this.

To begin, make sure you have all the necessary tools and supplies. For this project, you would need the following:

• Wood cut the size of the window for both width and length although you need two inches extra on both ends for width. Plywood works fine if being covered with fabric, otherwise, choose the type of wood species preferred.
• Fabric of your choosing but purchase enough to cover all exposed sides of the cornice box, plus an extra four inches for diameter.

• Circular saw
• Hand drill
• Drywall screws
• Level
• Scissors
• Measuring Tape
• Spray Adhesive
• Cornice and all brackets for installation
• Paper that would be large enough to cut out a real size mock cornice box
• Trim of choice, enough to cover front and sides of the cornice box
• Batting, which could be placed between the wood cornice box and fabric for a more professional look (optional)

We suggest you spend a little time looking at different design options online. That way, prior to making window cornices and trim you would have a firm plan. With the design known, measure both the height and width of the windows and to those measurements, you want to add two inches on both sides. In other words, if the window measured 84×30 inches, the numbers you would end up with would be 88 x 34 inches. When it comes time to install the window cornices and trim to the wall, having the extra four inches total would help.

Although this next step is optional, it is highly beneficial. To gain a better visual of how the window cornices and trim would actually look, you could cut out a life size cornice using paper. Then, simply attach it to the wall using painter’s tape. This step allows you to make necessary adjustments before cutting the wood. Once you are satisfied with the shape and size of the window cornices and trim, cut the wood according to the measurements taken earlier. For this, you want the side pieces of wood to be cut the same height as the window but not as wide.

Next, the fabric, and batting if preferred, would be attached. One of the easiest methods is to use spray adhesive, which is sold at fabric, craft, and home improvement stores. Prior to using the adhesive, place the chosen fabric over the window cornice boxes to get the proper position. Then, carefully lift one side of the fabric, spraying the surface of the wood with the adhesive, followed by laying the fabric into place and smoothing out to remove any creases or wrinkles. A lightweight adhesive is all you need, just something that would keep the fabric securely in place until you attach it on the back with staples.

If you want to use batting, spray the wood cornice box with the adhesive, lay the batting material down, and then lightly spray the batting surface, followed by covering it with the fabric. After the fabric has been put in place, turn the window cornices over, fold the fabric over while keeping it taught, and with a staple gun secure it into place. Although a regular staple gun works relatively well, to save time and effort we suggest you consider investing in an electric one.

To finish the fabric portion of the window cornices and trim, you need to add the trim piece. For this, you have several options. For one, you could attach the trim to the fabric using a sewing machine prior to attaching it to the wood frame, second, you could hand stitch the trim onto the fabric after it has been placed on the frame, and third, you could attach the trim using a hot glue gun.

The final step for making window cornices and trim is attaching it to the wall. Attach brackets to the backside of the cornice box on both corners and with a level, attach the wall brackets. The window cornices and trim would then be secured using the drill and drywall screws. When finished, all you need to do is enjoy your beautiful new windows and all the compliments that will come when people stop by.

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