Has anyone here removed the cornices from their RV's interior and put up curtains instead? Any pitfalls to watch out for? For anyone who has done this, are you happy with the results?
I'm putting up some kitchen curtains on the small window over the sink in the galley where there isn't really anything now except the blinds. I have to shorten the curtains which are 24" long and the window is only 19" long.
I'm also planning on removing the cornices from the bedroom windows--very heavy and dark and I just plain old don't like them. I have the double shades on those windows--day shade and night shade plus the windows are tinted. So, the curtains will mainly be a decorative item--thinking of just small panels on each side of the window and not something to open and close.
I'm looking at doing the same thing in our bedroom, mostly because our day/night shades don't darken the room enough for sleeping. I'm a little paranoid about drilling holes in the walls, since we don't know what's underneath.
We have shades, cornices and curtains in the main living area of our 5er. Having the curtain helps keep us warmer in Winter and Cooler in Summer.
Instead of taking the cornices down, we went to WalMart and bought tension curtain rods. They come in all sizes. I bought one insulated curtain for the rear window with a shower curtain rod, since it's quite a wide window. The rest I made. We went to the Fabric store and bought upholstery type fabric in a pattern we agreed on. Then I lined with inexpensive sheet fabric to cut the cost. I've had the same curtains for over 4 years and they wash up quite good.
Also, all of the curtains stay up during transit, except for the rear. It tends to fall down, so I now drop it down before each trip.
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We have a top cornice but none on the sides. I made some decorative curtains for the sides with tie backs to soften up the window area. We have day/night shades with blackout lining so there's no need for real curtains. We stapled a strip of velcro to the underside of the cornice and I gathered the curtain material at the top and sewed the other side of the velcro to it. It's very easy to detach the curtains to wash them. I used a lightweight material so that it gathered and hung nicely. I had to use twice as much as I'd originally figured so that they didn't look skimpy.
We just did a Complete Inside Make-Over. The Twin Matching Loves, and all of the Original Window Treatments were all taken to the dumps. Along with all of the Old Flooring. When we bought our Motorhome, we loved the Floor Plan, but we hated the colors. So now after a total Make-Over, its now the way that we want it. It looks just like a Brand New Motorhome now. Thats whats so nice about a Total Make-Over, you can do anything that you want to your RV. And believe it or not, it wasn't all that expensive either. All New Mods are done also. Also got rid of that darn noisey Bathroom Vent Fan and plain Old Fashioned Vent in the Kitchen/Living area, and installed New Fantsatic Fans. Plus a new 22 inch New LCD TV for the Bedroom. Since we already had a spare Converter Box, we decide to just leave the front TV as is. Since there is nothing at all wrong wiht it. It still has a Beautiful Piture, and yes, it does pick up over the air channels. But our New 22 inch LCD TV works Great for Boon-Docking. Also have replaced almost all of the inside lights with LED Lights. The Lights, that we didn't do, is becasue they are hardly ever used to begin with, so why bother, and spend all the extra money. While we were at it, we replasced all the Hoses, Belts, House Battries to 6 Volt Goft Carts, and a New Engine Battery as well. 7 New Tires too. With a Tire Monitoring System that we already had left over from our 5er. Everything else has been serviced. Our Motorhome has extreamly low miliage, so it will last us the rest of our RV'ing days. Since we have already been at it for 45 years now. Good luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill
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I'm thinking you mean the valances as opposed to cornices. One thing to remember if you are leaving the day/night shades up, is the valances cover the headrail hardware. Like you, we removed the 8" valance in the galley, as it covered almost 25% of the window. By installing a cafe rod, we picked up a better view and more light in the kitchen. I wouldn't worry about drilling into the walls, there is usually just a thin layer of luan and depending on your manufacture either foam or fiberglass insulation. Drill a small pilot hole first, then wiggle the bit around to see if you are close to anything vital. Good luck and go for it!
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Hey, thats the Beauty of Owning an RV. Its yours. So you can do anything you want to it. We took all of our OEM Window Treatments and through them out. Plus a few other things as well. Including all the Flooring. We just finsihed a Complete Inside Make-Over. We really like the Floor Plan of our Motorhome, but we hated the colors. So now, we have it our way. Was it worth it, You Bet it was. And it turned out so well, that it looks like we have a Brand New Custom Motorhome. It also turned out cheaper than what we had originally planned on spending. Now our Motorhome doesn't have that Cheap Manufactors look to it any more. One of the best Mods, was the "Dark Lemo Window Tinting" on all of the windows, except for the front windows. It gives you totaly privacy durning the day time, as you can see out, but no one can see in, period. And it really helps to block the sun and the heat. Just go for it. Almost anything is an improvement over OEM. Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill