For a clever and eye-catching alternative to curtain rods, hang panels from a peg rack of crystal doorknobs. The look can be country or formal depending on your fabric of choice. Large buttonholes in the fabric allow the panels to slip into place.
- 1/4-inch pine board slightly wider than
the window, for the mounting board
- Doorknobs (enough to be spaced every
12 inches, plus two for tiebacks)
- Dowels to fit the shanks of the doorknobs
- Countersink drill bit and drill
- Wooden plugs
- Drapery panels 1 1/2 times the width of
the mounting board
Step by Step
Paint the mounting board. Cut a dowel
to fit the shank of each doorknob and to extend 1/2 inch beyond the shank. Countersink the knobs onto the board and secure them from the back with
countersunk screws. Bolt the board to the wall, centering it over the window. Countersink the bolts, and fill the
holes with wooden plugs. Touch up with paint.
Make buttonholes in the drapery panels large enough to insert the
doorknobs, spacing them 18 inches apart. The buttonholes shown are
approximately 3 inches long. Loop the buttonholes over the doorknobs.
Mount doorknobs on both sides of the window for tiebacks, placing them about three-quarters of the way down the window frame.