Adding Curtains and Blinds to Windows


Reference Number: KB-00613
Last Modified: July 16, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite or Home Designer Interiors or Home Designer Essentials


QUESTION

I would like to add curtains and blinds to the windows in my plan. How can I do this?


ANSWER

You can combine interior fixtures and materials from the library with any window type to create a wide variety of window styles to suit any decor.


To create a window style

  1. If there is a particular style of window that you would like to use throughout your plan, you can set your window defaults to match this style before placing your windows.

    S
    elect Edit> Default Settings  from the menu, and in the Default Settings menu, select Window, then click the Edit button. 


  2. On the General panel of the Window Defaults dialog, specify the style, size and position of your windows when they are first placed into your plan.

    Once a window is created, it can be edited, so design the window that you expect to use most often in this plan.


  3. On the Casing panel, define the size of the trim around the window.



    In the example above, the left window is using the default 3 1/2" Casing, and the window to the right has a 5" Casing.


  4. On the Sash panel, you can specify the widths of the different parts of the interior and exterior window sash.

    You can press the Tab key after entering a new value to update the preview image on the right side of the dialog. 


     

    In the images above, the left window is using the default Middle Width for the Sash of 1 1/3", whereas the window to the right has the Middle Width set to 3".

    In Home Designer Pro 2015, window frame specifications can be set in the 
    Frame panel.

    In Home Designer Pro 2014 and prior, both sash and frame specifications were combined on the 
    Sash & Frame tab.


  5. On the Lites panel, you can specify how many separate panes each window is divided into.


  6. On the Materials panel, select materials for the different components of the windows.


  7. When you are satisfied with your settings, click OK to close the dialog.

    Changes made to your Window Defaults settings do not affect windows already in your plan. You can, however, apply these or other settings to any window in your plan by selecting it and clicking the Open Object edit button to open the Window Specification dialog.


  8. Select Build> Window> Window  from the menu, then click along a wall in your plan to place a window at that location.

To add a window treatment

  1. Select View> Library Browser  from the menu to open the Library Browser.


  2. Browse to Interiors> Accessories> Window Treatments, and select a window treatment that suits your needs, such as curtains or blinds.

    In this example, Tabbed Curtains are used.


  3. When you move your cursor into the drawing area, your cursor displays the fixtures icon. Click to place the selected window treatment fixture at that location. If you click close to a wall, the fixture will snap to the surface of the wall.
     
  4. To see the results so far, select 3D> Create Camera View> Full Camera  from the menu, then click and drag a camera arrow towards the interior side of the window. 




  5. In the camera view, click the Select Objects  button, then click on the window treatment fixture to select it. It is often easiest to select the fixture near its top edge. You can resize and reposition the fixture using its edit handles.




  6. To change the materials on objects in your plan, select 3D> Materials> Material Painter> Material Painter Component Mode  from the menu.



    • In the Select Library Object dialog, browse the Materials library to find fabric, wood textures and paint colors to customize your window and window treatment.


  7. If you want to, you can place more than one window treatment fixture in front of the window. Select a fixture from the Library Browser, then click in an empty space on the wall beside the window to place it at that location.

    • Experiment with combinations of curtains, valences and blinds.


  8. Click the Select Objects  button, then click on the fixture near its top edge to select it and move it into position in front of the window.

    To move it into the same space as the first fixture, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard as you move it.