A curtain behind the top of the bed: a choice that can entirely change the look of the bedroom

by Mark Bennett

November 30, 2023

A curtain behind the top of the bed: a choice that can entirely change the look of the bedroom
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The wall behind the bed is a space that, depending on your needs, you can decorate or furnish to make room for even more things. But what about the idea of covering it with curtains? It might seem unusual, but it's actually not an uncommon design choice.

There are cases where it becomes a necessity, such as when the bed is positioned with the head facing a window. At other times, it can be an original design choice that adds a unique touch to the decor of the entire room. Take a look below at some possibilities for using curtains behind the bed:

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When there is a window behind the bed

When there is a window behind the bed

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In some countries, it's almost a tradition to avoid having the head of the bed against a window. Generally, it's more pleasing to be able to see the view outside the window from the bed, and in any case, it's better for privacy.

However, for a myriad of reasons, sometimes it is necessary to place the head of a bed under a window. In such cases, curtains become a real necessity to regain privacy and adequately darken the room to ensure a restful sleep.

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Rethink Design Studio

In cases like this, covering the window with a curtain is almost a must. And you don't have to open both curtains if you don't want to.

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The idea of placing a bed under a window (and appropriately covered with curtains), works even better if there are other windows in the room (or if the bed itself does not hinder the normal use of the window). It is always important to ensure that fresh air can circulate through the bedroom every day.

 

A bed in a niche

A bed in a niche

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The idea here is to create an alcove with vintage feel - somewhat like having a bed canopy, but enclosing only the upper part of the bed and leaving the base free.

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Kelley Proxmire,DC Design House/desiretoinspire.net

In this way, an alcove can be created even where the architecture of the room did not provide for it. This will give the room a truly classic and traditional elegance.

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With the art you love hanging above the bed, yes... but on the curtain!

With the art you love hanging above the bed, yes... but on the curtain!

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Okay, so we can also cover the wall behind the bed (without a window, in this case) with curtains, but does this mean giving up on decorating this area with paintings and art? Absolutely not! It is indeed possible to hang up paintings and framed decorations but just using a bit more care.

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Supports need to be added to the wall at the point where the painting will be mounted. These supports should stand proud of the wall, and the painting is then attached to them.With the curtain immediately behind the painting, it will create the illusion that the artwork is floating!

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Curtains as an accent wall behind the bed

Curtains as an accent wall behind the bed

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Some people choose to decorate the portion of the wall behind the bed with a different covering than the rest of the walls: wallpaper, wooden panels, bricks, and so on. So why not do it with curtains, complete with a valance, like in this farmhouse-style furnished room?

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@onekingslane/Instagram

Curtains can also be decorated with colorful patterns or more modern and playful designs!

In short, whether they cover a window or just a portion of the wall, curtains behind the bed can be the solution you were looking for!

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