A Few Curtain Making Basics
Parts of curtain making basics are curtains, pelmets and valances that transform a room. To be really effective, they need to be planned carefully. Even using curtains on their own gives a variety of different effects, depending on the fullness and length of the curtains, the heading tape used, and the type of pole or track.
Choosing curtain tracks
1. Pick a strong enough track,
lightweight for sheers and unlined cottons; medium weight for standard sill-length curtains; and heavyweight for floor-length or heavy, interlined curtains.
2. If the track has to go round corners,
as in a bay or bow window, choose a flexible plastic track or a metal track fitted with sections which can be easily slotted together as required.
5. If the track is covered by a valance or pelmet,
it doesn’t need to be elaborate, but if the track is on display, pick one that will fit the decor and the style of the curtains.
6. For maximum light
and to reveal the shape of the window, allow extra track at each side so the curtains can be pulled back. The amount of extra track will depend on the thickness of the curtain and the space available. Generally 15-46cm (6- l8in) at each side will be sufficient.
7. Check that you have everything you need.
Tracks are usually bought as a complete kit with screws, brackets, overlapping arms (where necessary) curtain hooks and gliders. However, there may be optional extras.
8. Follow Instructions
Always follow the fixing instructions supplied with the track, making sure that the end fixings are strong and that there are sufficient holding brackets in between to prevent the track from sagging. To save time, check through all the fittings first, so that you are familiar with them. If there is a concrete lintel above the window or the wall is badly plastered, the track will have to be mounted on a wooden batten fixed above the window for a level result.
A Brief History Of Curtains
A curtain is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, air drafts, or (in the case of a shower curtain) water. A curtain is also the movable screen or drape in a theater that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop/background.
Curtains are often hung on the inside of a building’s windows to block the passage of light. For instance, at night to aid sleeping, or to stop light from escaping outside the building (stopping people outside from being able to see inside, often for privacy reasons). In this application, they are also known as “draperies”. Curtains hung over a doorway are known as portières. Curtains come in a variety of shapes, materials, sizes, colors, and patterns. They often have their own sections within department stores, while some shops are completely dedicated to selling curtains.
Curtains vary according to cleanability, ultraviolet light deterioration, oil and dust retention, noise absorption, fire resistance, and life span. Curtains may be operated by hand, with cords, by press-button pads or remote-controlled computers. They are held out of the way of the window by means of curtain tie-backs. Measuring curtain sizes needed for each window varies greatly according to the type of curtain needed, window size, and type and weight of curtain.
Curtains are a form of window treatment and complete the overall appearance of the interior of the house. Window treatment helps control the ambiance and flow of natural light into the room. The effect of drapery or curtains is best seen in daylight, and with proper indoor light positioning, can look attractive even at night.
Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts