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Thread: Anyone made a padded/quilted cornice for above windows?

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    Junior Member judys's Avatar
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    Anyone made a padded/quilted cornice for above windows?

    I' m looking for advice and or help in making cornice boards for my family room windows. The windows are about 48 inches wide and I'd like them 8-10 inches top to bottom and about 4 or 5 inches out from the window. Hope that makes sense. I don't know what to make the framework from. I thought of using foamcore and covering it with batting and fabric with maybe covered buttons to make it look more finished. I can't figure out how to fasten the side pieces to the front piece to make it sturdy and then how to fasten it to the window frame or wall. Any suggestions?

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    my first thought about the foamcore is... is it rigid enough? seems to me that it'd warp. jmho
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    We use to have them, I was glad to get rid of them. They were made of maybe 1/2 - 3/4 x 3/4" board. 1/2 x 1/2" board attached that board, attached to the wall and wall paneling across the width of the window. I hope this is clear.
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    My son made cornices out of foamcore board, covered with batting and then with fabric, and they lasted a long time. He somehow connived to get me to make the drapes (but I got to keep the sewing machine!!)

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    Foam core or any kind of styrofoam will work fine. Hot glue and extra long pins will hold the sides to the front long enough to cover it with batting and fabric. The batting and fabric kind of holds it all together. You can use 3M detachable hooks to hang them on your wall so when you are sick of them there is no hole to fix.

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    I made mine years ago...used the rigid foam insulation from Home Depot/Lowe's/etc. It is as thick as I could get so it is over 1" I used the T pins that you can get in the Home Dec. dept at JoAnn's to hold the batting in place and bamboo sticks to hold the end pieces....
    I also used my glue gun, but was afraid to use it on the foam core for fear it might melt. Just smooth the fabric and secure with the T pins.

    I left the old curtain rod on the windows and use those to support the cornice. Also have a L bracket holding it up.
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    Here's the one DH and I made a few years ago. Wow, I'm just now noticing the cobwebs at the top....

    Anyway, I described what I wanted to DH. He cut 4 pieces out of MDF. He glued and screwed the pieces together, I used his staple gun to attach the poly batting and fabric to the outside. DH attached L brackets to the wall. He put screws with small heads on the inside top of the valance, they fit down and into the holes of the L brackets, so when I want to clean it (which I obviously haven't done in a while), I simply lift it up and off. It's not heavy, just awkward because it's long.



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    My son and I made mine. I can send a picture if you want. We used L brackets to attach the cornice to the wall. When I had my couch made I ordered extra material for the cornices. Because I only had so much material I had to figure out how big the cornice should be. We used plywood I think. Worked out fine. We wrapped the material around the plywood covered in batting, stapled, then made them look like they were lined to give them a good finished look. E-mail me if you want to see a picture and how they are attached.
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    I did not pad mine. Just pleats in the center and on the corners. Used 1x?? boards for the top piece and L brackets to hold them to the wall above the window. Used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the boards.

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