28 Sep Curtains made easy
How to Hang Curtains
Curtains, particularly the luxe sheer drapes seen in the most stylish homes, make any space feel warm, inviting and sophisticated. But, get the installation wrong and it can lead to a cheap and dated-looking disaster!
Get a 5-star look with these simple steps to hanging the perfect curtains!
Always hang your drapery at least half way between the top of your window and your ceiling, if not higher.
For narrow or small windows, select a rod which allows your curtains to stack either side of the window without covering much of the glass. That way, you’ll maximise on any precious natural light.
Your curtains total width is usually between 2 and 3 times the width of your window to give the look of fullness even when they’re closed.
The next step towards the perfect curtains is choosing the type of look you want to achieve. You could opt for a classic, traditional pleat, or perhaps a more contemporary fold.
Choosing a Fabric
Consider what job you want your curtains to do. Are they to block or filter light, regulate temperatures or create a particular aesthetic?
Sheer curtains are made from a translucent fabric to allow a majority of light to be transmitted through the fabric. The fabric weave provides a basic level of UV protection while retaining maximum visibility outward through the curtain. However, they offer very little in the way of heat insulation or privacy during the night.
Uncoated fabrics are the next step up providing more heat insulation and light absorption than sheers. Made of a tightly woven fabric which is mostly opaque when viewed in ambient light. However, it is not typically thick enough to completely absorb strong light sources. As a result, when the drapes are closed in direct sunlight, light will still be visible through the curtain.
Coated fabrics are a combination of a standard uncoated fabric with an opaque rubber backing. A fabric that has been through the coating process is referred to as a blockout curtain because of the fabric’s ability to absorb light.
Maximum light absorption and heat insulation in a curtain is achieved with lined curtains. They typically consists of an uncoated fabric at the front, to provide the look and feel of the curtain, with a separate coated fabric attached at the rear, to provide the insulating qualities. The coated fabric ‘lining’ does not usually have any particular colour or pattern.
To view our most up-to-date selection of drapery colours and fabrics, please contact us for a free design consultation.