Earlier I have been thinking there cannot be many as boring things as curtains. However, along the time I have developed my thinking and the approach to this issue. Curtains, and all nuances around them, are actually
fascinating and very interesting, indeed.
It used to be so, that my window size is (as an example) 140cm wide, and
120 cm high. That’s it, and nothing else but go for curtain shopping.
But, let’s open a little bit more this secret world of curtains.
There are certain things worth considering before rushing to that shop.
How do you want your room to be perceived? What kind of activities you have in that room? How much daylight there will be, or wanted to be?
Is there a lot and often the direct sunlight? Do you need just some privacy, or dim-out curtains, or maybe blackout curtains? Maybe a nice and practical combination of blinds and curtains? How about the colour scheme, do you use some accent colours, what is your wall colour? How much fabric you will need, what is the fullness ratio of needed curtains? If you want to think even more of something about curtains, then think about heading, how to choose the good one? Pencil pleat, eyelet, wave…
Do you want to use a curtain track, or maybe rod?
Yes, it’s not like a finger click, and voilá – new curtains appeared.
For me, also some of those names were an interesting discovery. In my own language, some curtains are called with more simple and in a more descriptive way. But something like Roman Blinds, or Venetian Blinds were somehow new names to me when starting with the soft furnishing.
I will not start a holy bible of curtains here, maybe later, maybe.
But some practical things to think about.
If you want your window look larger than it is, then select a curtain rod, or track some 60-80cm wider than a window – from both sides, of course.
Install that rod/track close to the ceiling, and measure curtains to hang from ceiling to floor. And, when installing the rod or track, remember the possible windowsill.
The width of curtains, or let’s say how long fabrics are needed. It depends rather much on your selection of headings. For example, the eyelet curtain heading requires rather much of fabrics. It is good to count 2,2 times the width of the window. Naturally, split two as using two curtains.
How about curtain heading style. Heading will shape the curtain and determine how they fall.
Maybe the most popular heading style is the PENCIL PLEAT. It provides an elegant look and fits any room. Pencil pleats are good also because they work well with different fabrics.
PINCH PLEAT looks more decorative, suitable for all fabrics. Pinch pleat uses more fabric than the above-mentioned pencil pleat. When ordering pinch pleat heading curtains it is important to give exact information of the track-pole width. The good thing with pinch pleats is that you can pull the cord looser or tighter to adjust the gather of curtains. The heading tape uses to have, often three, rows for adjusting the hanging height of the curtain. Triple pinch pleat curtain heading is often called French pleat. It is considered a traditional curtain heading style. This style works great
EYELET heading is a good decorative alternative for curtain poles. It is suitable for all fabrics. Very easy to hang. When installing the pole, remember that the curtain continues a few cms above the eyelet hole. Eyelet is coming more and more popular in many modern up-to-date date homes. Eyelet headings work well with patterned fabrics.
TAB TOP heading is a contemporary heading for all fabrics. It is for curtain poles. This is more for display than practicality. Simple, cost-effective, and easy to hang. Not the best choice if curtains need to be closed regularly.
Here were just few main styles, but as you can see there are plenty of options, and many things to think about when choosing curtains.
But still a little bit about curtain blinds. There are some most common types of them. And of course, with blinds is needed to decide for what they will be. Blocking the light, giving privacy, cordless or not, manual or automatic.
Roller Blind is smart and affordable. A variety of performance features
Vertical Blind is commonly seen in offices. Easy to maintain and control light. Besides offices, these are suitable for living spaces too yet not so common.
Roman Blind available with plenty of different materials to make a statement at your window. I personally like this style of blinds. Elegant, classic, sophisticated, and timeless. Often used in bedrooms and living rooms. I could recommend also for kitchens fitting in a selected accent color, for example.
Pleated Blind shades are not so ordinary, but looks good, and is suitable for most of the rooms. Mostly made of very thin fabric. Some cheap versions come in paper form. Those are more to give some privacy.
Venetian Blind is simple and stylish. I think the second most common if not even more common than roller blind. Many styles and materials are available in the market. Plastic, metal, wooden, or material imitating wooden surface. Easy to use and keep up.
Cellular Shades are not at all my favorite. Not always looking so good. But they are somehow practical in helping to insulate the window. And they hold on the trapped air as well. Usually, they are made of very thin material, just like the pleated shades. I could say this is an eco-friendly option due to insulation capability. Suitable for bedrooms, but also for the basement with windows.
These were some of the common blinds available even there are still more and different styles. Now you got a brief overview of curtains, blinds, and shades. Getting some answers is bringing even more questions. Nevertheless, this was something for considering before going to shop a piece of soft furnishing.