How To Cover a Circular Window?

We know how popular round windows Round Windows are because we built our business around the fact that not all windows are created square.
Here at Arcoframe, we’ve learned that a circular window is often a focal point in many homes, especially many older properties.Thanks to our innovation, we’re able to replace old rotting frames with our bespoke UPVC windows, or recreate classic designs to incorporate into newer properties. But that’s left us open to one main question from our customers How do you cover a circular window?


The French are famous for their Gothic-style awe-inspiring stained glass windows found in grand churches across their land. Boats and barges also have round windows, portholes. Barges always look cosy and private, homely. They have their own special style of curtain, it’s called a porthole bung. And stained glass designs aren’t intended to be covered up. As much as we all love them, find them enchanting, circular windows Round Windows often become a thing. Often, they are left bare. Besides hiding it with a round mirror, what do you do to make it private?


If you’d rather have something more in-line with your current theme, or want to use your round window as the theme, and don’t want it marine-themed, then here’s a few ideas to get your imagination flowing.



From voile to cotton, drapes come in a wide assortment of material and transparency. You can hang them over a simple pole and leave them to hang straight, or sweep them to one side using a tie-back. Metal tie-backs look great against stone, others can be detailed and add another design element. For a seamless finish, choose a transparent tie-back.



Internal shutters look fantastic. They do have a slight marine feel about them, but the nautical element is never far away given the porthole connection. Just like many homes in the Mediterranean have shutters outside, many older British properties from various eras have shutters inside. You can finish them in gloss to match your skirting board, or decorate them with your own unique design, something different on both sides, if you like. When they’re open, the effects can be quite striking.


Curtains and Roman blinds

You don’t need to travel any place exotic to find quality fabrics. From designer boutiques to charity shops, there’s bound to be the perfect fabric out there for you. If you’re having a hard time imaging a round curtain or round Roman blind, picture this: imagine a fan opened 360 degrees. Using a bendable curtain rod with appropriate fittings, or adapting a hoola hoop, or even a garden hose, using curtain rings works well. This design works best with heavier or bold fabrics and can offer a focal point. If you prefer a traditional rectangle curtain hanging to the ground, eyelets supporting strong pleats give a textured, modern look.


Black out the light

Many fabrics are available with blackout lining, it’s usually an option with most curtains. Not to worry if you’ve found the perfect material but it doesn’t have the blackout option, any decent fabric shop or haberdashery should have some in stock, or be able to order some for you. They’ll be able to attach it for you too.
Depending how creative you’re feeling, you can have a go at making all of the above yourself. You can even order glass-stained window stencils kits and paint your own dramatic Gothic piece.


Otherwise, just like Arcoframe  customers choose our bespoke UPVC windows, you can call on the services of a professional to bring your interior design ideas to life.


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