Every one of us leans towards wanting natural light coming inside our homes but we rarely plan for when we want to sleep or have some privacy. To fix this for you, curtains are a blessing. The best part is that they have become an accessory to accentuate the overall look of your home/room.
But, choosing curtains can feel overwhelming when you don’t know where to start. The length, the fabric, the style, etc because there are countless of them in the market. To remove the guesswork out of the process, here are some steps to help you choose the best curtains for your needs:
1. Step one: Length
The biggest deciding factor when considering curtains is the length. The five sizes that are used throughout the market are
63 inches, 84 inches, 95 inches, 108 inches, or 120 inches. How long you want to go depends highly on the height of your windows and ceiling coupled with the look you want to achieve. If you want to go for custom curtains it is measured from the rod pocket where your curtains will hang off from to the bottom of the window to your desired length. While shopping for curtains here are some keywords to keep in mind. Tier curtains only cover the window and don’t go beyond. Floor curtains are the ones that reach down to the floor from the rod pocket. Puddle curtains start from the rod pocket and reach down to the floor with some fabric puddling at the bottom and last but not least apron curtains hang a few inches below the window.
2. Step two: Curtain Fabric
There are a variety of fabrics to choose from when it comes to curtains, the one thing that you should keep in mind is the amount of light you want coming from your windows. For example for a home theatre room you would look for curtains that have thick fabric so that little to no light gets inside the room, for your living room you will be purchasing a thinner fabric which lets most of the light in during the day. For lots of light and shine go for cotton fabrics they have a lot of range and let natural light get through. For moderate light go for linen curtains they can also have textured weaves which lets some of the light in but not all of it. For little to no light choose velvet curtains, you can also ask for the special blackout curtains which entirely block out the light. If your house is very minimalistically designed we would recommend going bold with the curtain colors and patterns and vice versa.
3. Step three: Hardware
Last but not least is choosing a curtain rod. To balance out your curtain with choosing something that is 6 to 12 inches wider than your curtain size. This not only can be used to accentuate the look of your curtains and your room but will also allow you to move the curtains whenever you feel like. Moreover, with curtain rods you don’t have to worry about it being fixed, fortunately most standard curtain rods are adjustable and can be made smaller or bigger as per your need. Several materials available for rods, some of the more popular ones include brass, polished nickel, brushed nickel, antique bronze etc. If you want to get curtain holders, keep them the same material as the rod.
Curtains may seem like a very minor detail in your overall home remodeling/renovation project but remember the devil is in the details. Little details like these can really bring out a lot of character and depth into your home. Not planning properly will end up in a beautiful but bald looking house, now we dont want that do we? Let us know below, some of the things you have learnt while curtain shopping that everyone should keep in mind.