Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tips For Getting Your Own Custom Drapes

By Gary Carter

Your choice of curtains can either make or break your home. Be careful about what you choose when making this decision. You can greatly improve the look of your house by upgrading your window treatments. In order to make them unique, so that they stand out, instead of going for the usual curtains, consider getting custom drapes based on your preferences. Here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process.

Take the measurements of the window. Measure twice, so as to be sure of the sizes. Measure the width of the windows, as well as the length. Determine how long you want the curtains to be. Just make sure that they fall way below the bottom of the window. When buying the material that you will use for the curtains, do not buy the exact length, you need to double or even trips this length. This is so that the curtains can hang out nicely with some folds.

You then have to find the fabric that you are going to use for the window treatments. Check out different stores that buy fabric. Ideally, you want to find a shop that is pretty reasonable since you will need to buy lots of yards. If they can give you a discounted rate, so much the better.

Think carefully about what colors and designs will work well in your house. This should add to the beauty of your house instead of clashing with it or competing with other existent decorations. You can go for a plain design or choose from different prints and patterns.

You need lining for the fabric. The lining has so many functions. This includes blacking out the light from outside, preventing heat from escaping outside and to give privacy. The lining also protects the fabric from being damaged by the sun. It also helps to make the curtain look fuller. You can use one lining or two linings, depending on what you are trying to achieve.

Launder the fabric before sewing it up. Then iron it. Washing it prevents it from shrinking after it has already been sewn up, which can affect how the curtain looks like. You need to iron the fabric and straighten it out, so as to get better measurements when cutting it out or sewing it up.

The next step is to have the window treatments tailored. If you are a good seamstress, then you can handle this part on your own. However, if you are not talented in this area, you are better off having an expert sew it up for you. Another choice is to make an order from shops that specialize in making bespoke orders. Just let them know your preferences and they will do it for you.

Once you are done putting together the curtains, put them up and see how it looks like. If you are satisfied with the curtains, well and good. However, if you are unhappy with it, make the required adjustments and see how you like it after that. Once happy with it, you can move on to making curtains for your other rooms.

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