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How to Use Curtains to Hide a Window Behind a Bed

In this post I’ll show you how I solved the window-behind-my-headboard issue by simply “removing” the window. You might find this useful if you are decorating a bedroom where the window behind your bed is asymmetrical, not centered, or just an eyesore.

Natural light inside is a decorator’s friend, however when I found myself faced with a master bedroom with limited placement options for a bed, and multiple windows, I wasn’t thrilled about having to place my bed directly in front of a window.

How to elegantly hide a window behind a bed in a bedroom with an awkward layout

I say removing because my method effectively renders the window invisible from the inside. From within the house, no one ever guesses there is a window behind my bed. By completely blocking the light and choosing to curtain the entire wall, I create an elegant and romantic backdrop for my bedroom that no one would ever guess is in place to hide a window!

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bed in front of a hidden window

Esthetic Benefits of Quality Curtains in a Bedroom

Curtains can be an excellent way to enhance the overall look and feel of a bedroom. Installing curtains behind a bed can create a focal point in the room and add an extra layer of texture and depth. They can also provide privacy, light control, and even noise reduction.

To create a cohesive look, consider choosing curtains that complement the bedding and wall color. You can also experiment with different fabrics and patterns to achieve the desired effect. With some careful planning and execution, curtains can transform an ordinary bedroom into a cozy and inviting retreat.

Financial Benefits of Quality Curtains in a Bedroom

Curtains are a versatile window treatment that can do more than just add aesthetic appeal to a room. They can also help regulate the temperature in a space, providing energy-saving benefits. During the winter, curtains can prevent heat loss by acting as an insulating barrier, trapping warm air inside and reducing the need for additional heating.

In the summer, curtains can block out the sun’s rays, preventing heat from entering the room and reducing the need for air conditioning. Additionally, curtains can also help reduce noise and improve privacy, making them a practical and functional addition to any home.

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How to: First Prep the Window, then Create the Curtain:


1. Keeping in mind this will be visible from outside the home, start by putting up a “Normal” Curtain on a tension rod set within the window frame. (Use the tension rod inside the frame because a curtain rod hung outside/over the window frame might make the curtain that shows inside the room hang unevenly.)

Doodle Illustration: How to Deal with a Window Behind your Bed
Step 1: Place a regular curtain in your window, to provide visual appeal from outside the house.

2. Over the sheer curtain, hang a blackout curtain, I hung mine by simply nailing it in place over the window frame with tiny nails. Since the curtain will never be opened there is no need to place it on a rod.

Doodle Illustration: cover the window with a blackout curtain. You can nail or tack it up, since it won't need to open.
Next, cover the window with a blackout curtain. You can nail or tack it up, since it won’t need to open.

3. If you are working on a sunny day, there probably will still be light shining through even after these two curtains. For your accent wall curtain to convincingly hid the window, you need to block all light. At this point you can get creative about blocking light. A Blackout White Board product (linked above) can be cut to size and stapled up with a 100% guarantee of light blocking, but since whatever material you use will be sandwiched between two layers of attractive curtains, feel free to be creative. (I stapled old corrugated plastic political signs up, extending well beyond the edges of the window frame, to block light creeping in around)

Doodle Illustration: Blocking the window
Use a light blocking material to cover any light still passing the edges of the blackout curtain.

4. When you’ve confirmed you’ve blocked all light shining in and around the window, you can turn your attention from the window to hiding the window completely using a curtain behind your bed.

curtain behind bed
In 2014 I helped a friend repeat this project for an Air BnB bedroom. This curtain conceals window, hidden the way I’ve described, directly behind the headboard. My friend chose to go with a curtain rod, at a greater expense, and she chose to not use a board to weight the bottom. You can see how you eye is drawn to the finials at the edges, and how the elegant gathering falls looser as it extends to the floor. The whimsical branches and colorful pillows help redirect focus away from both of these features.


1. I believe the trick to doing this well is going BIG. Think of it as creating a statement wall rather than covering a window so you can place a bed in front of it.

2. Measure how high you want your curtain to be (I strongly recommend extending all the way from floor to ceiling) add 5 inches to each end (adding 10″ total, for hemming into channels). Take this measurement to step 3.

3. Cut strips of fabric off your bolt, cut to the length calculated in step 2.

4. Hem channels into each end of the curtain for the furring strip. (I recommend a channel at top and bottom, the board at the bottom will prevent your curtain from billowing, and instead hold in place the fabric you’ll gather evenly and elegantly)

Doodle Illustration: Making a Badckdrop Curtain
sew channels for the curtain “rods” into each end of your fabric strips

5. Place the strips of fabric onto one of the boards. Make sure you have plenty of fabric to extend the length of the board with plenty of excess fabric to fall elegantly gathered.

6. Have a helper or two help you mount this board to the wall using a screw at each end. For now, leave the screw loose (but secured to the wall) so you can re-position fabric to ensure it falls evenly. (I recommend lumber “rods” vs a metal curtain rod because 1. price, 2. the texture of the lumber will hold your gathered fabric without slipping, and 3. Curtain rods draw the eye to the finials, this style of curtain romantically directs the eye back to the bed)

7. Feed the second board into the bottom hemmed channel. It should not need to be secured to the wall, it’s weight will be sufficient to hold gathers and prevent billowing. Pull the fabric out past the ends of the board by a few inches on each side, hiding the lumber.

8. Adjust the fabric so it’s evenly gathered across the width of the curtained wall.

Doodle Illustration: Making a Badckdrop Curtain
Before you begin arranging and adjusting, your curtain should look something like this: multiple panels attached top and bottom.

9. Climb back on the ladder to tighten the screws holding the top curtain rod and, in the process of tightening, pinch a bit of fabric over and tuck it around the edge of the wood, pinning it between the wood and the wall, as shown:

Doodle Illustration: Making a Badckdrop Curtain
The edge of the curtain gets tucked around the side of the wood rod after it’s secured to the wall- concealing the rod completely.

Once you’ve hidden all the light and hidden the wood portions of your curtain, your previously windowed-wall should appear to be a plain wall with a dramatic curtain. With curtain in place, you can now place your bed and headboard in front of the window and now having to worry about being disturbed by light, curtains, or the unwanted bedroom arrangement a regular curtain behind your bed.

I set this up in my master bedroom in 2011, and kept the window covered until I nearly forgot there was ever a window on this wall! :]

Here’s a quick video with some behind the bed Curtain inspiration! 💐

Dampening Road Noise by Covering a Window

Road noise can be torture for light sleepers. Since sound waves penetrate into homes more through windows than walls, blocking a window is a great way to both handle a window causing interior design problems and turn the volume down on street noise disrupting the bedroom.

The method outlined above should create a noticeable drop in volume of road sounds like tires, engines, and voices from sidewalks, but to create a dramatic drop in the volume of these sounds, you can mount noise-dampening foam (linked above) to your wall and over the covered window before hanging the curtain that will show in the room’s interior. The added layer of foam should deaden and silence all but very louse noises wafting freely through your window.

How to hide a window behind a bed
For a tutorial on creating the gathered curtains on the exposed windows shown here, see my other curtain tutorial.

Check out this modern celebrity-inspired take on this look, where an olive curtain is added behind a dramatic bedframe to add an earthy charm to a room furnished with many harder angles.

Table with plant on white round carpet and green curtain behind king-size bed with hat in bedroom with plants

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Thursday 8th of March 2018

Hi! Just curious where that curtain with the tree branches on it is that look! We have a window that is off center on the wall behind our bed. Love the idea of putting a curtain across the entire wall.


Thursday 8th of March 2018

Thanks for reading and commenting! It's been a few years since that project but I'm pretty sure it was just an off-brand, very large sheer curtain. Once the window is totally blocked and covered with something that matches the wall, a sheer curtain can work great.