Choosing the right curtains
Curtains are one of the traditional decor elements used to put finishing touches to home design. The great choice of curtain types available nowadays allows you to play around with a variety of drapery designs and create a special atmosphere in every rooms in the house. Besides that curtains are still a popular option for decorating commercial premises as they make them look more elegant and sophisticated.
Curtains are divided to different categories based on how their top part aka ‘curtain heading’ can be attached to a pole or a track. The most common curtain headings include:
This curtain heading is created by gathering folding drapery into tight folds. They are held in shape by a cord on the heading tape which can be pulled in order to make the curtains fit the width of the window. Suitable to hang on curtain poles or tracks.
This heading consists of drapery folded into tight folds with a small gap between them. They are sewn-in and thus allow the curtain to fit only a fixed pole length.
These curtains feature a row of small embroidered holes through which a curtain pole can be fitted. They create loose folds which can give the drapery a sleek and elegant look.
How to Measure Curtains Width
To get the curtain with the right size measure the entire width of your pole or track. If you are using a curtain pole measure the distance between the pole finials which are placed at the ends of a pole.
Drop stands for the curtain length. Usually, the curtain drop tends to be to the floor, below the sill or level with the sill.
Measuring curtains based on the type of window dressing accessory
Pole - Measured from a pin hook, eyelet or ring
Track - Measure from the top of the track (if there is no valance or pelmet)
Valance or Pelmet - Measure from underneath the track
Measuring curtains based on the preferred length
To the sill - Measure from top/underneath your window dressing accessory (see above) to
one centimetre above the sill so that the curtain does not drag.
Below the sill - Measure from top/underneath your window dressing accessory (see above) to 6" (15cm ) below the sill. However, if you need to prevent the cloth from touching a radiator the length should be slightly shorter (cca 1cm).
To the floor - Measure from top/underneath your window dressing accessory (see above) to 2.5 cm above the floor so that the curtain does not drag
Curtain poles are one of the essentials for all window treatments. Decorative curtain poles come in a variety of materials and finishes in order to complement different drapery patterns. Currently, you can choose from wooden, metal or plastic poles which are available in antique, smooth, brushed or polished finish.
Usually, poles come with rings and brackets. Sometimes they are also supplied with a choice of finials, which are decorative pole accessories placed at the end of each pole.
How to fit curtain poles
The width of the curtain pole should go cca 6” - 12” (15cm -30 cm) beyond the window edges.
In case your room has covings the pole should be positioned halfway between window frame and coving or right up to the coving. This way the top of the curtains will cover the window frame.
To achieve the right fit use a pencil to mark where you want the pole to be placed. If you have a pole with the length under 180cm use two brackets. For the poles which are longer use the third central bracket.