Which Way Is Up?

I’m making the kitchen curtains out of a tablecloth. Once I received it I got to thinking there would be two different ways to hang it.

The bumpout is approximately 110 inches wide with two small returns left and right.
The bumpout is approximately 110 inches wide with two small returns left and right.

My plan is to use it as an unstructured valance across the width of the window and part of the wall above.

A quick idea of how high the curtains might hang.
A quick idea of how high the curtains might hang.

My first inclination is that the border should be on the bottom. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

Border down (with more fabric showing in the final).
Border down (with more fabric showing in the final).

Then I got to thinking (always dangerous) that maybe the border should be at the top.

This is border at the top (but hung higher)
This is border at the top (but hung higher)

I wanted a few more opinions before I cut into the fabric since there’s not an inch to spare.

The entire piece should be enough for the large, bump out window, two small returns, and the window on the side wall near the stove.
The entire piece should be enough for the large, bump out window, two small returns, and the window on the side wall near the stove.

These are VERY rough mock ups but which would you go with? Top border or bottom border. (The final curtain will hang about halfway between the window and the ceiling and drop down to cover the top row of window panes.

Do you have dilemmas? (Please answer the top or bottom question first.)

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Which Way Is Up?”

  1. Border on the bottom, definitely. The visual weight of the border only makes sense if it’s on the bottom. Otherwise the medallions in the field look like they’re going to fall out!

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