We saw how important window coverings were to add insulation into your home.
Curtains can also play a big role when it comes to lowering energy bills and adding insulation.
Curtains are back and are the trend for 2012.
From sheer and voile fabric to silky satin, curtains add glamour and warmth to any room.
Here are a few tips when it comes to hanging curtains.
When hanging curtains and any window coverings the terminology can be confusing:
Width: refers to a single curtain panel
Rod-pocket curtain: the length is the distance from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom of the hem. (It does not include top ruffles, trim or other decorative treatments above the pocket)
- How do you measure the width?
Measure the width of the window, including any architectural molding (if you wish for it to be covered by the curtains).
For a tailored look:
Multiply the window width by 2. Divide that number by the width of a single curtain panel to get the number of panels you need.
For a formal look: ( curtains tightly gathered)
Multiply the window width by 2.5 or 3. Divide that number by the width of a single curtain panel to get the number of panels you need.
- How do you measure the length?
For a traditional look: mount the curtain rod 4″ above the top of the window. The distance from 4″ above the window to about 1/2″ above the
floor is the length of your curtains.
For a formal look with curtains “puddling” on the floor: measure from 4″ above the window to the floor, then add 4″.
To make a room look taller, mount the curtain rod 2″ to 3″ below the
ceiling.This can expose the top of the window, but the dramatic curtains will draw the eye upward and create an illusion of more space.
The final dressing touch: rod and finials
The length of the curtain rod should equal the total fabric width.
Add the length of two finials to the rod length to get the total amount
of space necessary.
San Francisco Examiner’s note: depending on your budget, you can find all you need at Discount Fabrics, Sal Beressi, Fabricut and Kravet. For custom curtains and drapery contact us.
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