I have typical Vertical Blinds which look like this below, with Valence and headrail. What kind of Curtain rod would I need, since I like extra insulation during the winters. My headrail extends 5 inches out from the wall, and actual vanes extend 4 inches from the wall.

Many curtain rods at the store, do not extend out this far.

If I remove the valence decorative cover on the headrail, it looks kind of strange.

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  • It is usually curtains or blinds, not often found together. Might need to make something with shelf brackets to hold curtain rod. A shelf with a drop down edge?
    – crip659
    Dec 9, 2021 at 21:32
  • I cover my window with a plastic sheet under my vertical blind for the winter. It helps unless you want to keep the window operatable throughout the cold season.
    – r13
    Dec 9, 2021 at 21:40
  • hi @r13 what if you want to open your windows occasionally? does the plastic sheet have to be removed?
    – mattsmith5
    Dec 9, 2021 at 22:18
  • I don't remove the sheet completely, usually roll the sheet 1/3 way up then recover the window with the same sheet and tape. The type will be there unless repeating the opening -retaping too frequently.
    – r13
    Dec 10, 2021 at 0:18
  • what do you think is better for insulation? @r13 home insulation kit, or light-translucent sheer curtain. , thanks
    – mattsmith5
    Dec 10, 2021 at 0:35

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You would need either a very shallow bracket to hold the curtain behind the blinds (if there's room) or a very deep bracket to hold the curtain in front of the blinds.

You might need to get creative and use shelving brackets if you cannot find actual curtain brackets deep enough. Often, the shelving brackets aren't particularly attractive, so you could cover them with some wood to box them in and make them look nicer.

  • Wow... appreciate the quick check mark. Feel free to place it somewhere else if a better answer comes along.
    – FreeMan
    Dec 10, 2021 at 16:39

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