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Take the chill out of winter with DIY Pelmets

I know, I know... You’re probably thinking pelmets are pretty old fashioned and daggy. I can hear the chorus from here. But the truth is, these boxes that sit over your curtain rod serve an important function which can greatly reduce your bills and impact on our planet. And for that reason, we think they’re worth it. So for all our DYI types out there, this one’s for you!

So how do they work? In a nutshell, a pelmet prevents the warm air from inside the room coming into contact with the glass, and in doing so, greatly reduces any heat loss which may normally occur through the window. It also prevents the cold air from outside coming in. Win-win!

They’re usually made of plywood and are painted or covered in a fabric. You can even use the curtain fabric to match - just a little bit fancy. But we’ll leave all the detail to the experts. Check out the links below and get creative. But of course, if you’re after a cheaper/temporary option, attach a piece of plywood or corrugated plastic to the top of your curtain rail, or even just a scarf, out of sight behind the top of the curtain. It’ll do the trick!

Check out this step by step guide to making a pelmet

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