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What is this box above the door?

My wife and I are starting to plan out curtains for the apartment. There are boxes above all of the doors and windows. Does anyone know what they are? Any issues with covering these with curtains?

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Re: What is this box above the door?

The picture is not really helping me

Ventilation? Is there anything on the outside? Does it have a brandname?
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Re: What is this box above the door?

Are there shutters on the ouside of the window? Are they electric? Could the box have something to do with that? It is rather difficult to tell from the photo. Don't see any curtain rails either.
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Are there shutters on the ouside of the window? Are they electric? Could the box have something to do with that? It is rather difficult to tell from the photo. Don't see any curtain rails either.
Yes, the shutters are electric and outside the window. I found it strange that there were no curtain rails. It will be a matter to be adressed with the regie.

Here is a better view from inside and outside.
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Re: What is this box above the door?

It is ventilation. Because the buildings are built so air-tight, this little "box" works to allow for a slight flow of air to preserve pressure (?). You should be able to adjust just how much air can flow. We had one in our previous apartment, but never bothered with it.

Also, curtain rails are not to be expected in apartments. It is up to you if you want curtains hung and therefore up to you to install the rails. When we took over someone's apartment, they specifically asked if we wanted the rails (they took the curtains) and we paid them for them.
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It is ventilation. Because the buildings are built so air-tight, this little "box" works to allow for a slight flow of air to preserve pressure (?). You should be able to adjust just how much air can flow. We had one in our previous apartment, but never bothered with it.

Also, curtain rails are not to be expected in apartments. It is up to you if you want curtains hung and therefore up to you to install the rails. When we took over someone's apartment, they specifically asked if we wanted the rails (they took the curtains) and we paid them for them.
I figured it was some sort of ventilation. I'm was not sure if it is an active or passive ventilation device. Again, I'll check with the regie to see if this is something that should not be blocked.

Some of the apartments had curtain rods. I guess sometimes they are left and only removed if requested?
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Re: What is this box above the door?

You can also install window coverings directly on the doors which is often more practical than curtains. There are a number of styles which do not need drilling.


There are also curtain rods which can be installed on the wall as can some of the tracks for fabric panels. These should fit below the ventilation box.
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I figured it was some sort of ventilation. I'm was not sure if it is an active or passive ventilation device. Again, I'll check with the regie to see if this is something that should not be blocked.

Some of the apartments had curtain rods. I guess sometimes they are left and only removed if requested?
It is a good feature to have and is becoming more and more common in new / newly refurbished apartments.
Since windows are air tight the temperature difference between outside and inside can lead to perspiration on windows and more importantly mold in your walls. Having that device that lets a tiny bit of fresh air in makes you safe from the danger of having to repaint your walls.
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