Welcome to another Window Wednesday! Today we’re going to talk about studs and headers, specifically in new houses. You’re probably wondering what studs and headers have to do with windows, but they are actually very important for the hanging of window treatments. If you’re building a house, or know someone who is, I have a tip that will help with installing your blinds and draperies after the house is finished.
Be sure to check out our Decorating With Window Treatments page for more ideas, tips and techniques for your windows!
Here’s my tip – try to take some pictures of the windows in each room, and the wall areas around them, before the drywall is put up. Below is a picture taken at a client’s new house. You can see exactly where the studs are and if there are headers above the windows. It is so helpful to have this info later when you need to hang your window treatments.
It may not be important to have this info for some kinds of blinds and valances, but can be very important if you are planning to have draperies on your windows. Traversing rods for draperies need to be (if possible) installed in studs. Especially the side where the cords are, since there can be a lot of pulling on the cords to open and close them. Draperies that are interlined and lined can also be quite heavy. If you have a picture of the wall, you can plan where you would like the brackets for the traversing rods to be installed.
Do you have any tips for planning your windows and window treatments when building a new house?