Thursday, 17 May 2012

Some hot tips about curtaining

With our shelves overflowing and those crazy specials on the go, we thought that we would give you some helpful advice on what to do with your new curtaining.

  • Firstly, don’t just rush out and buy the first pretty fabric you find. Take the time to consider what you want from your curtaining. Are you looking to enhance or disguise the view? Is the room light or dark? Do you have other elements, like colour or pattern, limiting your choice? Although they may not appear it, curtains are a big deal. The have the power to shift the d├ęcor from the realm of tranquil harmony to complete and utter chaos. So, choose carefully.
  • Full length curtains are always better. Shorter sill-length curtains can leave the room feeling disjointed and are a lot less dramatic than their fuller counterparts. So, even when there are additional elements fixed underneath the window, we recommend that your curtains touch the floor. Having said that there are always exceptions to every rule. We do not recommend having your curtains tumbling into your bath or kitchen sink.
  • Make sure your measurements are correct. Under estimating the amount of fabric you will need can cost you more in the long run. We would even go so far as to say buy more fabric than you need. Any scraps and off cuts can always be used somewhere else in the room. Click here for a guide on how to measure fabric for your curtains.
  • Hidden lead weights in the hems of your curtains will help you curtain to hang correctly and look gorgeous. You will need to hide a weight in each corner. If your curtains are comprised of more than one width of fabric, you'll need to place an additional two weights in the hem where the panels have been joined.
  • Lining your curtains is always a good idea. Lining will help to protect your curtains from sun damage, prolonging their life span.
  • Accessorize. If you’re going to make your curtains a feature then don’t hold back. Metallic or wooden curtain poles with eye-catching finials are a great way to shine a spotlight on your window treatment. Tiebacks are also a nice touch, letting light into a room, without you have to shovel the curtains off to one side.
  • If you’re sewing your own curtains, it is a good idea to press all seams and stitches as you go. Not only will the heat set the stitches, but the flatted seams will ensure more accurate measuring on your part.
  • Hang your curtain like a professional. For most of us the task of hanging curtains involves climbing a ladder and hooking the curtain on onto the runners or rings and that’s about it. But, if you’re looking to make your curtains a feature, we suggest you go the extra mile and hang your curtains as an expert would. This may seem like quite a complicated process, what with all the pegs and string, but the results speak for themselves. If you want to know what we’re talking about, keep an eye on this Blog.

If you found any of these tips particularly helpful or have any more advice to share please let us know. 

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