Draperies. Friday , August 17th , 2018 - 07:11:33 AM
Know exactly what type of drapery you're going to hang before you begin looking for your drapery hardware. Different drapery styles require different drapery rods or curtain rods. A traditional pinch pleat drapery can be installed on a traverse rod or a decorative rod. Swags can be hung on a wood or metal pole or draped between drapery holdbacks or tiebacks. Tab-top draperies are almost always installed on a wood or metal drapery pole. And, ripplefold draperies can only be installed on specially made curtain rods with the help of your drapery maker or workroom.
Drapery hooks are a simple yet important accessory for your overall window treatment arrangement. However, despite their important functionality to the style attributes they offer; these seemingly minute drapery accessories tend to get overlooked by many. With the large amount of different accessories being offered in items that serve the same functionality, particularly drapery rings, it is no wonder these diamonds in the rough have gotten lost over the years. The drapery hook is fairly simple in design; offering the simple functionality of connecting the drapery itself to the curtain rod. However, while in fact the overall functionality is a simple concept, and there might not be a large amount of room in terms of variations and customizations; drapery hooks can still play an important supplemental role in the styling of your drapery set.
If your using a decorative rod, poke the pin in at 1-1/2 inches from the top. If non-decorative white traverse rod, then make it 1-3/4 to 2 inches from the top. Depending on how the drapery is packaged, most likely it will have wrinkles. I recommend steaming out the wrinkles after the panels are hung. A portable hand held steamer works well and is what I use. Follow the manufactures recommendations as some fabric especially silk, cannot be steamed. Lastly, after you steam, you want to train your fabric to hang nice. Some fabric looks great out of the package, but most do not. They need a little extra work, but its worth the results. What you can do is tie the fabric. First cut 3, 4 foot long strips of plastic about 4 inches wide.
It may occur to you that you are so protective of what you want and only you know what you want that you only have anyone else help you. That's fine if you want to do it by yourself, but you also don't want to be putting a lot of stress on yourself. Having help is a good thing. It's not like you have to do everything everyone says to do, but it's a good way to listen to each other and discover what works best. Buying drapery in your remodeled home could be the last thing on your agenda that you have to get done. You could have seen a neighbors drapery and liked the way it looked, so you decided that you have to get one in your home. Whatever the case may be, planning and having help on picking out draperies is a good strategy.
Back in the early 1980's, CNN changed our daily lives and invented the 24 hour news cycle. The cable television industry has continued to evolve - keeping up with our steadily growing appetite for more and better information. Recently, the popularity of HGTV and other "do-it-yourself" cable networks has fundamentally changed the way we, as homeowners, approach the care, maintenance and decoration of our homes. Instead of hiring a handy-man or interior designer, we're learning how to tackle increasingly more complex tasks ourselves - without the aid of an industry professional.
Most importantly, use your creativity when decorating with draperies. We often associated drapes exclusively with windows, but there are other ways to utilize these features. For example, a four-post bed becomes even more dramatic if the posts are decorated with elegant draperies. In addition, you can create a private veranda by hanging drapes on open sides of a sundeck if you live in a dry climate. As is the case with any kind of decorating, always try to match your personality with the style of your room and use draperies to highlight your style while maintaining the flow of that room. There are endless possibilities for decorating with drapes and you should never let your imagination be stifled.
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