Some kind of cornice is essential if you really want to modernize your curtains and give them an inviting feel. But while cornices can certainly be made on a DIY basis, there are many possible mistakes you can make that will set your project back. So make sure to avoid these three pitfalls inherent with building a cloth cornice that will go on a curtain rod.
Not Stretching The Cloth On The Bottom Of The Cornice Taut With Staples
Even very strong glue won't be enough to hold all of the cloth on the bottom of the cornice in place. If the cloth isn't stretched taut by plenty of staples on both sides of the cornice's bottom, it'll eventually sag in the middle and your cornice will start looking very ugly.
Of course, it's also important to not use so many staples that it weighs down your cloth cornice and makes it look even more ugly than it would look if the only problem was sagging cloth. Partly through your intuition and partly through looking at example photos online, you'll need to find a balance between these two extremes.
Using Screws That Are Too Small To Hold A Lot Of Weight
Cloth cornices are heavier than they look from the other side of the room. If you try to use very small screws when heavy wooden boards need to be supported, the result could be that your cornice suddenly collapses a few days or weeks after you build it.
Use the same screws on your cloth cornice that you would use on a large wooden bookshelf or desk.
Not Sticking At Least Two Layers Of Thick Cloth To The Wood Boards
If you only put a single layer of cloth on the wood boards comprising the frame of your cornice, it'll be very vulnerable to tearing. This is especially true if someone touches the cloth on the cornice's sharp corners where it's most vulnerable.
To counteract the relative weakness of the cloth on your cornice, use at least two thick layers of cloth together. If you have glue that's strong enough for the task, putting even three layers of cloth together wouldn't be out of line.
When your cloth cornice is finally built, you'll be a lot more satisfied with your efforts than you think. While you're thinking about how to construct the cornice, you just have to think slowly and make sure that you're not making a critical mistake. Check out options through local companies, like D. Schultz Interiors, for more ideas.