So, you’ve decided to go for curtains over blinds but how much do you know about them? Do you know the difference between brass eyelets and a curtain ring and what part they play in how your curtains will hang and ultimately look once in situ. It always pays to be as well informed as possible when choosing décor for your home, and window coverings play a great part in that.
While many people think curtains are just curtains this is far from the truth. So, before you decide on the type of curtains you need for your lounge or dining room here are five facts you should know to help you make an informed decision.
Start at The Top
When choosing curtains many people make the mistake of placing importance on pretty fabrics without actually thinking about the bit at the top. While fabrics are undoubtedly regarded as the most important part of any window dressing the choice of heading comes a close second. The type of heading you select will determine how the curtains will hang and ultimately the effect they have on the look of the room. There are many different types of headers from waves to goblets all of which can be customised by using a different pole or track dependent on which style you are looking for.
Stay on Track
All curtains hang on poles, rails or tracks, while poles have rings tracks and rails have sliders. Knowing the difference is important as poles will need some extra hardware such as stoppers at the end to stop the rings and the curtains falling off. These can add a custom element and that extra bit of style to the look of a window. Make sure you do your research before buying your new curtains to ensure you get the look you want.
Don’t Lose the Light
A common term in the curtain trade is ‘stack back’, so what is this you may ask. Well this is terminology used to describe the amount of room left when you open your curtains. No one wants the curtains to block light from the room when they are open. So, it is really important to ensure you have enough room for your curtains to open properly. You should be aware that different styles will stack back to different widths so consider how much space is available each side of your window.
Don’t forget the Lining
One of the best parts of choosing your new curtains is deciding what fabric and colour you are going to have. However, it is important you also choose an appropriate lining, so make sure you know the difference between the wide range of styles and types. If the curtains are for your bedroom then blackout linings are ideal however for the lounge interlinings can add weight and warmth and create a luxurious look. Some fabrics don’t require linings so it will pay to familiarise yourself with the different types before making the final decision.
Length is Key
Pooling when discussing curtains relates to the amount of fabric that gathers on the floor at the bottom of your window. Most made to measure curtains add five centimetres to the length to take into account the fact that many floors are slightly uneven. Always make sure you give accurate dimensions to whoever is making your curtains to ensure they have the perfect look.
These are just a few of the things you should take into account when choosing or designing a new pair of curtains to ensure you get the look and feel you want.