Draperies. Friday , August 10th , 2018 - 07:57:07 AM
Would Curtains Suffice?. While draperies offer more functionality and usually, more aesthetic appeal than curtains do, draperies are usually not necessary for every window in the home. There are some windows for which curtains may be a better choice. It really depends on your budget, how you want the room to look, and whether you need the insulating properties that draperies afford. For the living room, you may want the more formal look that draperies provide, yet you would most likely prefer curtains for the kitchen.
Do you have enough wall space above the panels if your using a decorative rod? When measuring for width, rule of thumb is add 4" to each side of an opening. For example, if your window is 80 inches wide, you would order 88 inch panels. Basically you want your panels to overlap your windows by 4 inches on each side. A couple of exceptions are; if you want your window to appear bigger or wider, then add more than 4 inches, or if you want all or most of your glass exposed when the drapes are drawn open, then add more than 4 inches, this will allow the panels to stack over wall thus maintaining your view. Just make sure you have enough wall on both sides of the window for this. If you order custom drapes, they will come pre-pinned otherwise you must pin them yourself.
Think about what's under and behind your drapery when selecting your drapery hardware. There are three common terms that drapery hardware professionals use when talking about the spacing of your drapery hardware treatment. Projection, clearance and return. Projection typically refers to how far the decorative hardware elements will "stick out" or project into the room from the wall. The return measurement is usually the distance the drapery must bend back to reach the wall when it's hanging from your drapery rod. And, clearance refers to the open space behind the drapery and back to the wall. Or, "how much room do I have behind the curtain to hang another rod, window blind or sheer"? You'll notice that I've qualified each term loosely, and for good reason. Depending on who you're speaking with, either a drapery maker, installer or hardware fabricator; clearance, projection and return can mean different things.
Drapery must accompany hardware in order to be installed properly and add additional beauty to your room and windows. Authentic home houses custom drapery hardware styles and they are displayed throughout its home stores. These custom Drapery hardware are ready to spark your excitement about your own custom window coverings. There are many efficacious interior designers who are ready to guide you in designing a window covering solution that is a reflection of your home and life style. So, visit one of the authentic home stores near your area and choose your own custom drapery hardware for window coverings.
In choosing your drapery hooks for a specific theme or correlating drapery; there are a couple of items to consider that play an important role in determining whether or not the hooks will meld well with the pre-existing conditions of your theme. Each of the choices listed are among the most popular in their respective categories. Wood drapery hooks function well in most themes, including modern. Plastic hooks are more so for those who want a quick solution to their drapery hanging needs; and do not wish to devote a lot of time to the styling aspects of the accessory. Metallic are currently the most popular due to their modern appeal through sleek designs and aesthetically pleasing look all around.
Disposable garbage bags work well. Then fan fold a panel and tie a strip of plastic at the bottom to hold the fan in place. Tie another strip about 1-1/2 feet above that and one more about 3 to 4 feet above the bottom. Repeat on all panels. Leave it like this for about 2 weeks. When you take it off the strips of plastic, the pleats will be nice and uniform. I hope this sheds a little light on selecting draperies. Good luck and I'm sure your drapes will look beautiful.
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