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Cutting Curtains: 10 Ideas for Your Best Window Treatments

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Crafty do-it-yourselfers usually plan 1 of 2 outcomes for their projects: they either want to copy a project they have seen somewhere as closely as possible, or they want to improvise a new design with new materials. Either way, creating window coverings and treatments should be fun while being functional. Here are ten tips to get your creativity flowing:

10. Have fun

If a design looks woefully complex, it probably is. Try to be happy designing treatments that are well within your talents – and patience level!

9. To wash or not to wash

Sometimes, designs call for fabrics that must be dry cleaned (or can’t be cleaned at all with liquids). Make sure you are okay with this or design with cotton or another fabric you can wash and iron.

8. Love those curves

Rather than going with strict 90 degree hanging designs, try curving the tops and sides of your design. They’ll have instant eye appeal.

7. Out of the darkness

These same fashion gurus note that many people use fabric and frames that are too dark, making rooms gloomy. Try designing treatments that can be easily drawn back. Surprisingly, this feature is often forgotten.

6. Thin is in

According to the latest fashionistas, straighter and lighter designs are in right now. Try not to go too heavy on ruffled fabrics.

5. Light makes blight

The biggest enemy of your fabrics is sunlight. Prepare protective coverings and liners for your treatments if you use fragile fabrics.

4. Know your ruffles

If you are making drapes, curtains or valances, the second biggest measurement error is not including enough material for heavy ruffles.

3. Measure twice, then again

It is important to know where a pattern is measured from in relation to the window frame, sash and length. For example, more draperies are purchased or hand-sewn at the wrong length due to improper measuring than any other reason.

2. Be careful with weight

The latest fashion includes box frames, so make sure your fasteners and rods are capable of carrying your finished product.

1. Know your materials

There are many choices in materials, but they don’t all belong together. Make sure your fabrics, brackets, screws and rods (if applicable) look good together.


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