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Mastering Double Window Dressing with Stylish Curtains for Side by Side Windows

09 Apr 2024 0 Comments
Curtains for Side by Side Windows

Hi there! I'm James, the store owner of We've been specializing in custom size curtains for over 10 years in the home & decor industry.

Today, I want to share some tips on how to master double window dressing with stylish curtains for side by side windows.

My Suggestions

Main Section Key Takeaway
Design Ideas Consider using one rod for a unified look or two separate rods for flexibility, and minimize stackback for a neat appearance. Extend the rod 10-12 inches past the window frame to make windows appear wider.
Hanging Options Use one rod for close windows (less than 8 inches apart) to create a wide window look, or two separate rods for windows further apart. Mitered corner rods offer a polished look for bay windows.
Curtain Functions Choose blackout curtains for bedrooms, light-filtering curtains for living rooms, and thermal curtains for insulation. Combine sheer and opaque curtains for privacy and light control.
Style Ideas Select matching or coordinating curtain panels, and consider the length (sill, floor, or pooling) for your desired look. Choose decorative hardware that complements your room's style.
Hanging Tips Hang curtains high and wide to make windows appear larger, ensure they just touch the floor or sill, and use double brackets or center support for wide windows. Choose curtains 2-3 times the window width for fullness.
Curtain Designs Explore various styles like sheer, blackout, patterned, solid-colored, and layered curtains to find the perfect look for your room. Consider trendy options like roman shades, pinch pleats, or farmhouse style.
Coordinating Treatments Pair curtains with blinds or shades for enhanced light control and privacy, and use valances or cornices to conceal the top of the treatments. Ensure all window treatments match in style and color for a cohesive look.
Shop at Dolcewe Find affordable, custom-sized curtains in various styles, fabrics, colors, and patterns at Enjoy free shipping on orders over $199 and an extra 10% off coupon when you sign up.


Things to Think About

Dressing multiple windows next to each other can be tricky. But don't worry! There are many ways to make them look great together. The right window coverings can make your room feel cozy and stylish.

Before you choose your curtain panels, think about:

  • How big are your windows? How much space is between them?

  • What style do you like? Casual, fancy, or modern?

  • How much light control and privacy do you want?

  • Will your drapes be for looks or for using?

A study by the Sleep Foundation found that 73% of Americans say that light control is important for a good night's sleep.

Design Ideas: One Rod Or Two

One Rod or Two?

You can use one rod or use two for your curtains. Here are some things to consider:

  • One rod can make your windows look like one wide window. This works best if your windows are close together (less than 8 inches apart).

  • Two separate rods let you open each curtain on its own. This is good if your windows are further apart.

  • A single curtain rod that goes past the windows on either side can make your curtains look fuller and more luxurious.

Curtain Stackback

Curtain stackback is how much space your curtains take up when they're open. Here are some tips:

  • If you use two rods, you can make the stackback smaller.

  • This will help frame the window and make your curtains look neat.

The standard stackback for curtains is about 25% of the total width of the curtain panels.

Ways to Hang Your Curtain Panels

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One Curtain Rod Across Both Windows

Using one rod for both windows can:

  • Make your windows look like one wide window

  • Give your room a fancy feel with fuller curtain panels

  • Work best if your windows are close together (less than 8 inches apart)

Just make sure to use a strong curtain rod that can hold the weight of your curtains.  A good rule of thumb is to choose a rod that is 1 inch in diameter for every 50 inches of window width.

Two Separate Curtain Rods

Using two separate rods for your windows can:

  • Let each window have its own look

  • Allow you to open each curtain separately

  • Still look nice together if you use matching curtain panels and rods

This works well if your windows are further apart. The average distance between two windows for using separate rods is about 12 inches.

Curtain Rods with Mitered Corners

For windows that meet at a 90-degree angle, like a bay window, you can use curtain rods with mitered corners to:

  • Create a smooth, polished look

  • Give your room a modern or formal style

Just be sure to measure carefully and mount them precisely.

At Dolcewe, all curtains are available in grommet, ring top, rod pockets, and pinch pleats to fit various curtain rods.

Choosing Curtains & Drapery by Function

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Light Control

  • For bedrooms or TV rooms, try blackout curtains to block out light.

  • For living rooms or kitchens, try light-filtering curtains to let some natural light in.

  • Sheer curtains can give you a layered look and some privacy.


According to a survey by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association, 81% of consumers say that privacy is an important factor when choosing window treatments.

  • Blackout curtains or lined drapes give you the most privacy.

  • Sheer curtains let in soft light and give you some privacy.


Thermal curtain panels can help keep your room's temperature just right. The U.S. Department of Energy states that medium-colored draperies with white plastic backings can reduce heat gains by 33%.

Style Ideas

Matching or Coordinating Curtains

  • Using the same curtain panels on both windows creates a clean look.

  • Using colors or patterns that go together can add some fun to your room.

According to a survey by the National Window Covering Association, 55% of consumers prefer solid-colored curtains, while 45% prefer patterns.

Curtain Length

  • Standard lengths include curtains that reach the windowsill or the floor, like 84 inches long or 96 inches long.

  • Pooling curtains that bunch on the floor can make a big statement.

Curtain Hardware

  • Choose curtain rods that match your room's style, like wrought iron or nickel.

  • Consider adding decorative touches like finials for a more sophisticated look.

Curtain Hanging Tips

  • Hang your curtains high and wide to make your windows look bigger.

  • Make sure your curtains are long enough to just touch the floor or sill.

  • Use double brackets or center support brackets for wide windows.

  • Pick curtains that are 2-3 times the width of your window for a full look.

Drape Styles and Designs

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  • Sheer curtains feel light and airy and give you some privacy.

  • Blackout curtains block out light and insulate your room.

  • Patterned curtains add visual interest and texture.

  • Solid-colored curtains are classic and go with anything.

  • Layered curtains (sheer + opaque) give you depth and options.

  • Consider other styles like roman shades, pinch pleat curtains, or farmhouse style curtains.

Data shows that 32% of consumers prefer grommet-style curtains, while 28% prefer rod pocket curtains.

Coordinating with Other Window Treatments

  • Pair your curtains with blinds or shades for more light control and privacy.

  • Use a valance or cornice to hide the top of your blinds or shades.

  • Make sure all your window treatments match in style and color for a cohesive look.

Shop Affordable Custom Curtains Online at Dolcewe

At, we offer a wide variety of custom curtains starting at just $26.99. Here's what you can expect:

  • Various styles, fabrics, colors, patterns, and headers to choose from, including linen, faux silk, and more

  • Custom size options for a perfect fit, whether you need 72 inches wide or 108 inches long

  • Free shipping on orders over $199

  • An extra 10% off coupon when you sign up

We're here to help you find the perfect curtains for your side-by-side windows. With a little creativity and our affordable options, you can master double window dressing and make your room look amazing.

Happy decorating!

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