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Curtain Call – Everything You Need to Know About Curtains and Drapes

There is an abundance of options for window coverings available to homeowners, suitable for every style, every purpose and every budget. While the windows we install are attractive as they stand – beautifully made and letting in lots of light – window treatments such as curtains and blinds help to dress up a room, provide privacy and add warmth.

In this blog entry, we’ll be looking at curtains and drapes. Window dressings these days are moving away from heavy draperies and fancy swags, but fabric coverings still remain popular for many reasons. Even in a modern room, drapes can be used to make a statement and create a focal point.

Choosing the right fabric, pattern and hardware and hanging them effectively are key components in pulling together your desired look. But perhaps the first things to consider are light and privacy. By thinking about how your room is used will help you choose curtain types. For instance, you might like your bedroom fully darkened because you’re a light sleeper, in which case, blackout curtains will be your top choice. Or, if your room looks out onto a busy sidewalk, then a sheer curtain will provide privacy while letting in light.

Fabric panels for curtains come in a wide variety of designs, from traditional florals and damasks to neutral solids, as well as modern patterns and prints geared towards children’s rooms. Nearly all these options are available at a high-end custom window covering retailer and in one of the many big-box stores.

If you’re planning on a DIY curtain hanging project, here are a few tips for hanging them right!

1. Always take measurements! Measure the width and length of your curtain, as well as the space between your ceiling and the top of the window, and the ceiling to the floor.

2. Your curtain rod should extend a few inches wider than your window frame. It should also sit a few inches above the top of your window trim to give the impression of height.

3. How much fabric should I buy? Calculate the width of your curtain panel to be twice or 2.5 times the width of your window. This way, when the curtain is drawn, it still appears ample and not flat.

4. How long should my curtain hang? It’s best if your curtain hangs at least a few inches past the windowsill to ensure full coverage. Full-length curtains also work for windows that are not full height. A popular look is for the curtains to just reach the floor. For a more luxurious look, curtains can “puddle” on the floor, meaning that the curtain reaches 4 to 8 inches beyond the floor level. While this look is somewhat fancier, some may find it overly fussy and difficult to clean around.

With so many options available out there, we hope this guide helps you with decisions! Stay tuned for more about window coverings, as we cover blinds next.