Shelf Window Treatment

Shelf Window Treatment

Add an elegant shelf to your window treatments using Carpenter Amy Devers’ easy instructions.

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Dress up your window treatments with a shelf secured by ornate wall brackets.

120-grit sandpaper
1” by 12” lumber — length of the window plus 4 inches
(2) Wooden, triangular-shaped shelf brackets with decorative holes
Decorator brush
High gloss paint and primer in one
Measuring tape
Philips head screwdriver drill bit
1/8-inch drill bit
(8) 3-inch drywall screws
(2) 1 1/2-inch wood screws
Adjustable curtain rod


  1. Sand lumber with 120-grit sandpaper
  2. Paint the lumber and brackets the color of your choice using a decorating brush and high gloss paint and primer in one. Allow paint to dry, and then add a second coat. Allow to dry

Attaching the Brackets:

  1. Measure 3 inches up from the top corners, on both sides of the window frame, and mark with a pencil
  2. Hold the first bracket up to the wall, aligning the top with the pencil mark and the side flush with the window frame. Using a 1/8-inch drill bit, drill two pilot holes through each side of the bracket and into the wall
  3. Drill 3-inch drywall screws into the bracket through the pilot holes to secure it into the wall

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  1. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to attach the second bracket on the opposite side of the window frame
  2. Add a dab of paint over the screw heads to hide them

Adding the Shelf and Curtain Rod:

  1. Center the 1”x12” lumber across the brackets. Check with measuring tape that there is equal overhang on each side
  2. Using a drill with a 1/8-inch drill bit, drill a 1 1/2-inch pilot hole through the topside of the shelf and into the bracket below
  3. Repeat step 8 for the second bracket. Secure the shelf to the brackets using 1 1/2-inch screws through the pilot holes into each bracket
  4. Add the curtain rod by removing the hardware from one end and passing it through the first bracket. Slide the curtains onto the rod then pass the rod through the second bracket. Reattach the hardware to the end of the rod to hold it securely in place

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