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The Trouble With Turrets

2013 May 10
by Becky

Turret windows, gorgeous right?

From the inside or outside, they add interest and architectural detail to a home.

I’ve loved our turret from the moment we laid eyes on the house…or “grapefruit squeezer” as a very cute antique dealer called it (due to the shape on the top). Sure it makes our living room a tad smaller than it could be. Sure it caused not just a little amount of panic about whether or not our new couch would fit in the room. But it’s worth it. The light just streams in.

Turret Windows

We have six total turret windows—three in the living room, three in Ethan’s room upstairs. Each six feet tall set in 10 foot walls. In other words, they are some big ass windows that need a treatment. I mentioned a while back I was having some anxiety about dealing with the “covering” aspect of these windows.

I HATE buying window treatments.

It’s really hard.

Therefore I like to keep things simple. And I did have an idea of what I wanted. It was up there in my brain, swimming around, festering. Getting it done though, was a bit of a mystery. It involved one continuous curtain rod, of which I found just a couple examples:



We thought about ditching curtains all together and going with shutters, but after getting an estimate for the plantation beauties (Gasp!), I was fully determined to figure this continuous curtain rod thing out. Plus, I love the softness fabric brings to the room.

I don’t know why I didn’t just start there, but of course my answer came from Ikea. After scouring the internet I gave a quick search and BAM, exactly the part I needed for the most unbelievably cheap price.


And even more unbelievably, it was available for online purchase!!! So I quickly bought four (two for downstairs, two for Ethan’s room) along with six Racka rods—they were $2.99 each (I’m serious. Curtain rods for less than $3).

I chose the black finish to go along with some other inspiration…


That pop of black against the wall just sings to me. And I knew it would look great with my wispy white sheers (which had still not been located at this point). I had planned on using my favorite $9.99/pair white sheers from, go figure, Ikea but unfortunately they don’t come long enough. I needed at least 108″. You’d think a company that shows high ceilings in every page of it’s catalog would provide extra long draperies, but no. So I found these on Amazon. They aren’t amazing, but they work just fine. Hard to beat $15.99 a panel.

Add to this combo the curtain rings I stocked up on during our final Virginia Ikea run and I was all set.


There was some downright unsafe ladder climbing and questionable drill usage, but when it was all done I can safely say I’m pretty darn thrilled with the result.

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Turret or Bay Windown Treatments - One long curtain rod

Turret or Bay Windown Treatments - Close up

Turret or Bay Windown Treatments - Corner PIece of rod
Turret or Bay Windown Treatments - Final

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Simple, but perfect. And my total cost came to around $100, about $1400 cheaper than shutters (nothing against shutters, they are gorgeous, I’m just cheap). All that’s left for the living room is a console table behind the couch…for which I have a plan (insert evil plan laugh).

As far as privacy goes, these curtains don’t offer much. Since our house is set up on a slight hill, no one can really see into our living room from the sidewalk and barely from a car driving down the street. When closed they just “blur” things a little, but I don’t anticipate them being closed very often.

I know this stuff is no-brainer for so many people but man, it threw me for a loop. I’m downright shocked that after only 1.5 months I have ANY curtains hung. This room just called to me, saying “Curtains! Curtains! Cover me!”.

Next on the list curtain-wise is Ethan’s room. I’ll be using the same hardware, just different panels…something in a yellow or orange stripe seems to fit the bill. It’s gonna be a while—picking fabric is yet another impossible task.

What is your house decorating nemesis? 





14 Responses
  1. Shannon permalink
    May 10, 2013

    The curtains look great! Tell me about the huge star….I love it! Miss you guys!

  2. May 10, 2013

    Great look. It works perfectly.

  3. Grandpa & Grandma Voboril permalink
    May 10, 2013

    Nice job Becky! We have the same windows in our new house. We’ll be talking. Can’t wait to see your house.

  4. Barbara permalink
    May 10, 2013

    I love the way they turned out. It gives me inspiration for Griffy’s room, which I plan to start working on this summer. My sister-in-law currently lives with us, but when she moves out I plan to do a total room swap. This will be our fourth room swap in the 7 years we have been in the house (I have total issues I know). Now that the kids are 3.5 and 5, I feel like I can create cool spaces they can grow into with age.

    What is the room color? That is amazing also!

  5. Aminah permalink
    May 10, 2013

    you’re so creative, Becky! I need you to come pimp my house ;)

  6. Cara permalink
    May 10, 2013

    Holy cow – I have some serious P4P CATCH UP to do. I am in love with everything. I don’t know where to start. Curtains – amazing. That sod?!? Your house? To die for. Is that a little guest suite / office / extra bit of awesomeness next to your garage (behind E’s garden to be)? I am salivating! Miss you guys dearly. Glad we’re only a five hour drive. We will be visiting in the late summer early fall – be prepared!!! Xoxo

    • Becky permalink*
      May 10, 2013

      Thanks! And yes, that is a little guest house but only for guests who don’t mind sleeping on a concrete floor next to tools and paint supplies :) (It’s the original garage we’re using for a workspace/storage).

  7. Kristan permalink
    May 13, 2013

    Holy cow! Every time I check out your house it looks more amazing than the last time I peeked in! Love love your living room…..the curtains, collage wall, the windows, all gorgeous! Hope we can find some time eventually to visit it! Us in DC miss you terribly! Give Ethan a big squeeze from his buddy Quinn.


  8. August 28, 2013

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  9. Madeleine permalink
    October 21, 2014

    What color paint is the blue?? Love it

    • Becky permalink*
      October 21, 2014

      I wish I knew! The living room and dining room were the only ones we actually liked color-wise, so we left them as is. Sorry I can’t help!

  10. Lesa Harmon permalink
    January 6, 2019

    This is EXACTLY what I need for our 5-window turret!!! Who knew IKEA had a rod that would work!!!!

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