Everything You Need to Know About Curtains
There are Beautiful Curtains for Every Decor Style
Before you even start looking for the perfect pair of curtains, it’s best to have some window curtain ideas in mind already. Curtains are a versatile tool that can go with almost any decor style. If you prefer a more romantic vibe, a pair of gauzy, shabby chic curtains would work for your bedroom. For more curtain inspiration, turn to our Curtain Styles guide.
How to Measure for Curtains
One of the most important steps in getting the right curtains is making sure you have the correct measurements. Ill-fitting curtains can make an otherwise beautifully decorated room look messy and haphazard. You can measure your curtains by following these five easy steps:
- Determine mounting technique
- Determine curtain rod length
- Choose your curtain length
- Measure for width
- Measure for length
To learn more about measuring your windowsill for curtains, read our guide on How to Measure for Curtains.
How to Install Curtains
Before you start hanging your curtains, it’s important you know what you’re getting yourself into. Installing curtains isn’t difficult, but it does require some preparation beforehand. Here are the basic curtain installation steps:
- Mark where your brackets will go
- Drill holes
- Screw in brackets
- Attach curtain to rod
- Place rod in brackets
For a more in-depth, step-by-step explanation, take a look at our guide on How to Properly Hang Curtains.
The Best Curtains for Each Room
There are certain curtains that work best for certain rooms. Long, sweeping window panels look wonderful in living rooms and bedrooms. However, these don’t work for kitchens. Kitchen windows are traditionally dressed in shorter curtains, such as valances or cafe curtains. Head over to our Curtains by Room guide to learn what style works in your room.
The Best Types of Curtain Fabric
With so many different curtain fabrics, how can you be sure to find the right fit for your room? Different fabrics are ideal for different rooms. For example, polyester curtains work well in bedrooms, but don’t work for kitchens because the material is flammable and absorbs odors. Linen, on the other hand, is a great fabric for kitchen curtains. Learn more about fabrics in our guide on Curtain Fabrics.
How to Find the Right Curtain Rods
Curtain rods are the key to a beautiful window treatment. When they’re placed too high or too low, or are the wrong size for your window, it can make your curtain presentation look off. Generally, curtains should be mounted 4 to 6 inches above your window frame, giving your windows a grand effect. To make sure you get the perfect curtain rod on your first try, check out our helpful Tips on Buying Curtain Rods.
Important Curtain Accessories
Window treatments are so much more than curtains and curtain rods. Accessorize your curtains with beautiful curtain hardware! Tiebacks, rings, clips, and holdbacks can all take your windows to a whole other level. Our Curtain Accessories guide will help you find the perfect curtain accessories for your decor.
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