How to Build Window Treatments

Windows are often-overlooked opportunities for added interest in and around your home -- especially if you enjoy plants. Adding a windowsill shelf, a whole set of plant shelves, or a windowbox to any window provides plants with perfect access to the sunlight they need, while giving you some additional places to put them.

And if plants aren't your thing, window-based shelves can be an ideal way to display collectables or other items. Light from the window showcases every detail, and using the area around a window maximizes your space.

Don't forget that you can place windowboxes, plant shelves for a window, or a windowsill shelf on the inside or outside of your house. You just need a few tools and some wood to get started.

Continue to the next page for step-by-step instructions on how to replace a regular windowsill with an expanded windowsill shelf.

For more ideas on window-related projects, see:

  • How to Repair Windows: Get the tips and instructions you need to correct common problems and keep your windows in good working order.
  • How to Clean Windows: Dirty windows are a big detraction, so follow these directions to keep your glass panes shiny and clear.
  • Kitchen Window Treatments: The kitchen is often the center of a home, so windows there need a special look. Choose the perfect treatment for a warm and welcoming atmosphere.