Homes have been featuring sidelight windows for decades and new homes are still being designed with them. Sidelight windows are the tall, thin, fixed windows on either side of an entryway door. New England is well-known for their colonial homes and sidelight windows are a key feature. They are still being designed with them.
Sidelight windows may be small in size, but they let in lots of light and brighten an entryway. The downside to having them on the front of your home, though, is that they also allow curious eyes to peek in. There are times when you may want to cover them up. So today I’d like to share with you a new way to both decorate and add a little privacy to your front entryway with Entri Window Panels – side curtains for today’s home.
When my husband and I built our New England Colonial home, we chose a front door that included half sidelights on either side of the front door. We live on a moderately-travelled suburban street and at night it feels as though all eyes can see inside. Add to that the fact that my home is an open layout. We barely have any walls so you can see the entire downstairs area from the front door. I love the layout, but it also means there’s no way to pretend you’re not home if someone rings the front doorbell. They can see you!
The problem is sidelight curtain styles found in stores haven’t changed in over 50 years. You may remember the white and ivory sheers or lace panels hung from tiny, metal rods and scrunched up into heavy pleats. Yes, these old style sheers and lace are still sold in stores today; but there was no way I was going to screw metal rods into the new woodwork or hang lace!
So I got to designing.
Entri Window Panels
The goal was to create a window covering that:
- was modern in style and hung flush against the window frame (no heavy pleating!);
- didn’t require any damaging hardware;
- and could be put in place for privacy at night and taken down quickly and easily during the day to let in as much natural light as possible.
What I came up with is a design now known as Entri Window Panels – sidelight curtains made in a modern style with modern fabrics. Entri Window Panels pre-made and sold in my own shop at Entri Ways are designed with buttons and an adjustable width to accommodate different sized windows.
I tried to choose fabrics that were both decorative, yet coordinated well with almost any decor. Most of the available fabrics feature just two colors, and even the bright red and white is a versatile color and pattern.
Handmade in the USA
Every one of my Entri Window Panels is handmade and packaged here in the USA. As a result, they’re made in limited patterns and quantities each year. You can see the fabrics currently available here.
Adjustable Width, Versitle Length
Entri Window Panels can be mounted anywhere on the flat surface surrounding the sidelight window, making both the width and the length able to work for most windows.
To fit your window for one of my sidelight window panels, begin my measuring the sidelight window. The window is typically surrounded by a thin molding so you’ll want to measure just outside this molding since the finished curtain panel will be mounted on the flat area just surrounding this molding.
Easy, Non-Damaging Mounting
Entri Window Panels won’t damage your woodwork. There are no rods or screws. The fabric panel is mounted to the window frame using hook & look fasteners (aka: Velcro®) that stick to your woodwork. When the panels are in place, they’re invisible. If you decide to take the panels off during the day to let in more light, the fasteners we ship you are clear so you barely see them.
Choose Your Own Fabric
If you don’t see a fabric in our shop that works with your decor, and you’d like to pick out and send me your fabric (sheer fabrics excluded; cottons preferred), I’d be happy to make them for you. Custom-made half sidelights average $55 per panel; full $75.
Fabrics.com is a great online fabric source.
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