Easy to make window pelmet

When you need to top off a plain window, making a decorative box pelmet is quick and easy.



Using only a few materials and fabric left over from upholstery projects, Kate and her hubby added a dash a pattern and texture to the dining space by making and installing a box pelmet above the sliding door.


Masonite, Hardboard or 3mm SuapWood for the main panel

Pine planks, 22 x 94mm for the sides and cross-support

Picture hangers [2] for hanging onto the wall

Fabric to cover

Thin batting to soften the edges

Wood glue

 Brad Nailer, Staple Gun or Hammer and panel pins

Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Screws [4], 35mm for side

Buy all the supplies for this project at Builders Warehouse.




1. The main panel should be cut to extend across the opening, with additional length at the sides. The height of the panel should be around 250 to 300mm.

2. The side panels [2] and cross-support are attached to the main panel using wood glue and a brad nailer, staple gun or hammer and panel pins.

GOOD TO KNOW: Drive a couple of screws through the sides into the cross-support for extra stability.

3. To hang the box pelmet onto the wall, secure the hangers to the sides, close to the top.


To finish the box pelmet, wrap with thin batting and staple around the back. Cover with fabric, pulling taut and trimming before stapling at the back. Wrap the corners as you would when wrapping a gift.

GOOD TO KNOW: Use a sharp craft knife to trim the fabric around the hangers. Alternatively, attach these after wrapping with fabric.