Of all the problem windows I've seen, there's none worse than the high "ranch" or strip window.

This misshapen monster is usually at least 6 feet long, and often in three sections, two that open, and a fixed center pane. Often, the whole thing is fixed, a picture window placed to high to see the picture.

Ranch windows are used by some so more housed can be crowded on the acre. The high strip window, well above eye level, helps conceal the closeness of the neighborsQ.

The strip window also provides more wall space for ordinary furniture. Even the highest chest, armoire or headboard will fit beneath the ranch window.

So here we are, stuck with this abomination, which defies conventional treatment and looks like a sore thumb.

I designed a bedroom for a young couple in their first real home with a strip window. The only place for the bed was beneath the 9-foot long window.

I framed both window and adjacent closet with a 2-inch thick square white wood molding and painted all the walls nany blue, the same color as the polyurethane-sealed painted wood floor.

I then covered the problem window with a mini-slat venetian blind in glossy white, in three sections. The blind is narrow enough to fit neatly into the new frame, and the long lucite rods needed to open or close the slats hang inconspicuously, but conveniently low. The white-frame blind and the white closet doors, fortunately the same height from the ceiling,work together to make the window seem more of a planned architectural element and less of an unforeseen accident.

To further absorb the length and height of the strip window, I flanked the king-sized bed with two white night tables, each about 18 inches wide, making a 9-foot cluster under the window. A white comforter, white sheets and many large pillows are accented against the dark wall, lowering the window and narrowing the gap between normal furniture and this highflying monster.