For most of us, doing the laundry is a dreadful thing to do. The last thing you want to do is to have to spend time in a bland, crammed space with two bulky machines.

But then there’s that one gorgeous window in this tiny 4 foot by 3 foot space that somehow stands out.

You think to yourself,

I got gorgeous new drapes for my dining room, my living room and bedroom are full of plush fabrics, down feathers, and heavy pillows. Surely, I have to do something about the laundry, too…

Well, you’re going to spend plenty of weekends in this tiny space anyway, so might as well have a nice window to cheer you up. Here are some tips and ideas.


Keep It Off the Floor

It’s pretty obvious. Unless your laundry room resembles a ball room, you definitely don’t want long drapes that puddle off the floor. Keep things up high so you have room to move in an already small space.

  • Go for café curtains that don’t go past your window sill.
  • Install valances high up near the ceiling.
  • Opt for Roman shades that will be raised all the way up or no more than halfway down.
  • Stay away from valances that take up lots of space and depth like heavy swags and long jabots.
  • Keep your valances flat or simple.


Photo Ideas

An upholstered cornice with an arched bottom made in a solid spa blue fabric. 


A short floral balloon valance mounted using clip-on curtain rings on an espresso wood rod.


For those with patio doors in their laundry rooms, this wide stripe flat valance with red tassel fringe is perfect. This one is mounted on a continental lockseam rod with a small return on each side.


A Roman shade or faux Roman shade is perfect for modern laundry rooms as an inside mount.


You just can’t go wrong with a solid straight valance in a small room. This one has banding at the inset bottom for a subtle custom touch.


And for those with really large laundry rooms, all rules go out the window. This laundry room has multiple windows that are dressed with pinch pleat custom valances mounted on a board.


Here’s a variant of a simple pendant valance, also mounted on a board.


Another pendant valance – this one mounted using a rod pocket instead.


A simple straight cornice installed on a very small laundry room window.


A more modern take on the same cornice style.

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