March 03, 2012

Easy DIY Pelmet Box

In an effort to make my office look decent quickly and inexpensively, I put up a pelmet box around my windows. I wanted to share this because it's SO EASY. One of those things that looks good from the outside, but you'd be surprised to find out that it's actually just tape, staples and foam core board. There's really no reason to make it more difficult with different materials, because this works! I had bookmarked Jenny's tutorial a while back, and it came in handy. This is one of those things that you can really just figure out yourself: 1) Cut the foam board to size, make sure and cut 2 sides making sure that it's deep enough to clear the depth of your windows and blinds or curtains-- then it just got taped together. 2) Cut fabric and batting to size 3) Staple working from the inside going out, alternating from top to bottom 4) Tape the fabric down for extra smoothness (I used clear packing tape, but duck tape would have been stronger) 5) Tape L brackets on the back-- I used some old wood blind brackets and they just hang on the top of the window. I should probably put a nail in one of the holes for extra security, but it's done fine just sitting on there. The pelmet box frames the window and adds some pattern and color. Simple, cheap and effective.

DIY Window Treatment- Pelmet Box

Easy DIY Window Treatment
My Fabric was just a bit short, so I had to have seams on either side,
I thought I was doing a great job of matching up the pattern, but FAILED,
so I covered it with some ribbon trim.
DIY Window Pelmet Treatment
My piece was so large that I had to put together 3 pieces of foam board.
To strengthen it, I put extra pieces of foam board over the seams.
You can see my brackets here. I had a bunch of leftovers from hanging wood blinds--
of course I took the shortcut and only put 2 brackets up instead of 3,
so I was left with a bunch of these guys. 


  1. AnonymousJune 24, 2012

    Awesome! I'm thinking about trying this for the window in my craft room. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. You can't mess it up, just make sure it looks good from the front! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. AnonymousJuly 12, 2013

    Thanks for the idea! I just made this for my dining room.

  4. @ Anonymous--- I would LOVE to see a pic! You can send to

    Happy to hear that you were inspired!

  5. AnonymousJuly 30, 2013

    I love the bench you also have in this picture. Where did u get that?

  6. The bench was from Pier One MANY years ago. Thanks!

  7. The ribbon seam cover actually looks really great! I am going to try it, and I am including the ribbon!

    1. Thanks so much-- I wasn't sure about it as it started out as a mistake-- but I think it turned into a happy accident! I'd love to see yours when it's finished!

  8. Thank you,
    This is a great idea. I know I can handle the foam core board as a new DIYer

  9. How is this holding up? I'm nervous about having to glue/ tape so many pieces of foam board together. It hasn't lost its shape at all or come apart, has it? Thanks!

    1. Hello! It has held up great--- looks the same as it did the day I made it-- probably because no one is touching it-- it just stays there. Good luck!

  10. I want to try this ... I'm nervous though-- have to span three Windows that's look a bit wider than each of your two! Wish me luck.


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