So you want to make a DIY cornice to make your home fabulous? The purpose of this article is to provide accurate information on DIY cornice boards to help you make an informed decision on what is right for you and your home.
Cornice designs come in every shape and size. They can be painted with traditional straight-line boxes complete with beautiful molding making them an elegant addition for any room.
You may choose one constructed of inexpensive plywood and decorate it to match the existing fabrics. With DIY cornice projects, the sky is the limit. With a little money, your creativity, and the good sense to call for help, you will be on the fast track to a job well done.
Wooden DIY Cornices
The most expensive window cornice boxes are wood. In addition to their beauty, they will require specific hardware to hold their heavy weight. Please use the proper wall hardware to stop your screws from stripping the sheetrock.
Some decorators hire the construction of their cornice boxes according to their own measurements. When the box is complete, the decorator applies fabric covering and expensive trim to offer a unique, one of a kind cornice. Other boxes are used to drape fabric swags and hang jewels to match a themed room.
Now some of you may be thinking, “Hey! If I have to hire a handyman then this is not DIY!” While the actual construction may not be DIY, many independent decorators enjoy designing their own boards and choosing the appropriate molding and wood stain.
For the cost of the simple box construction, you will have a solid foundation for new decorating ideas now and in the future. With good quality construction, the same cornice box can be reused many times.
Styrofoam Cornice Boxes
If cost is a real consideration, then you will want to restrict your cornice box to Styrofoam. With the DIY access to tools and supply on the internet, Styrofoam can be ordered to fit any shape or size you would like.
As a heads up for Styrofoam, please educate yourself on the proper procedure for hanging the types of products.
For example, an industrial stapler is a very easy tool for applying fabric to a plywood cornice box; however, that same staple gun will be completely ineffective when applying trim to a Styrofoam box. The pros of using Styrofoam is the light weight and inexpensive cost.
DIY Cornice Kits
Cornice boards are very economical for returning a great deal of impact for comparatively little money. With their growing popularity in home decorating, more companies have begun to provide DIY cornice kits!
If you are new in the world of cornice designs, you may decide to construct a small window cornice before investing your time and money with a larger size. A cornice kit is the way to go.
Practical Tips for a Caution List Against Fatal Errors
As a basic starting point, draw a picture of the window where the cornice will hang. Be sure to include any molding around the window. Illustrate the space distance above the window molding and below the window to the floor.
When you record the width of the window, draw a line from the spot where you started your measurement and the ending spot. This will cause you to consider an important issue:
- How wide is my cornice? Will it hang on the outside of the molding? Will the cornice be attached to wide molding? Perhaps you have no molding in a modern home. Will you want curtains to hang down beside the window? If so, you will need to add approximately 8 inches on each side of your window.
- Will my cornice sit snug against the ceiling? Perhaps my cornice will be 3 inches above the window leaving 2 feet from the cornice to the ceiling. This is an important consideration for the type of hardware you can use for hanging the cornice.
- How tall will my cornice be? This is 100% dependent on the design of your cornice. The standard cornice is between 12 inches to 20 inches tall. In rooms with very tall ceilings, I have seen them as tall as 3 feet. Other cornices act as a foundation for elaborate swags. They will only be 6 to 8 inches tall.
- The fourth and final consideration concerns the depth or distance from the wall. The distance from the wall is determined by your window coverings. If you will hang drapery then you allow 8 inches to 12 inches from the wall to the front of your cornice. If you will use blinds, shades, or no covering at all, then a nice 6 inches is perfect.
A DIY Cornice adds charm and character at a comfortable price. Choose your supplies carefully, be alert to the measurement process, and allow yourself the small mistakes that come with the development of any new skill.