By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A cornice above a window does a lot more than add a handsome decorative element to a room. A window topper can make a window appear larger than it is and conceal the less than lovely headrail of a drapery or shade, so you get a lot of bang for your decorating buck by adding one. You'll find easy to make kits for fabric-covered cornices, but those made of wood are usually custom made. Don't let the word "custom" scare you. Online we found high-quality yet relatively inexpensive wood cornices that add architectural appeal to even the most ordinary room.
At www.smithandnoble.com we found a 40-inch wide all-wood cornice for $85 plus shipping. You can hire a handyman to install it for an additional $48 or do it yourself and save the installation cost. You'll find a nice selection cornice sizes, styles and finishes and each one comes with brackets and hardware that you attach to the wall.
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When layering a cornice over a window treatment, make sure to measure its depth to order a cornice that will be deep enough to clear it. When measuring, order a cornice 1 inch wider than any outside mounted window treatment or molding that will be covered.
The average price to install a wood window cornice noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020