By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To complete a room’s décor, consider adding a fabric cornice to your window treatments. A cornice is a good choice whether yours is a casual setting with blinds or a shade, or a more traditional style with draperies. Whatever the style, a fabric cornice adds a custom touch to any window. You can have one made of wood and upholstered with fabric at a design and furnishings center, but it's pricey, and the cost adds up when you have a lot of windows to cover. The alternative: buy a cornice board kit, which includes polystyrene sections with two end caps, brackets and hardware, and make it yourself for a lot less. You provide the padding and fabric of your choice.
You'll pay about $58 a foot or $348 to have a 6-foot 36-inch wide cornice board made by a design center. That's for a wooden board covered with padding and upholstered in fabric. The installation charge will be more. You can make one yourself from a kit for about $135 and save 71 percent.
Even if you don't sew and don't consider yourself crafty, you can do this. You will need a measuring tape, glue gun and scissors. A utility knife and straightedge will help you make a straight cut on the ends of the panel. Then glue the two ends to the panel, position the fabric and padding, and glue in place. Fasten the brackets to the wall and install the cornice on it.
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A cornice board is usually sized to cap the top of a window so measure the window and add four inches (two inches for each side) to that dimension to determine the width of the cornice.
Here's a web site with cornice kits DIY Decorator.
That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to make a fabric cornice lets you compare doing it yourself with having it custom made. You can expect to pay a handyman an aditional $210 to install the unite. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020