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7 Tips for Buying the Right Curtains for Your Home

August 10, 2016 Home Improvement


Curtains have the power to transform a room and create a perfect finish. That is why it is important to make sure that you buy the right curtains for your house. Here are some of the top things that recommends you do when choosing curtains.


1.Measure the window
To get the correct measurements, use a tape measure to determine the right width and length of the window. Do not guess the measurements because chances are high that you will get it wrong. The correct way to measure is by measuring the pole where the curtain will hang, don’t measure the window. Then multiply the measurement you get by two. This is to leave room for fabric overlap and hemming.


When deciding on the length, choose a length that will not get in the way, depending on what is next to the window. If you want a floor length curtain, leave about 11/2 to 2 centimeters between the curtain and the floor. This is so that the curtain doesn’t experience wear and tear as a result of being dragged on the floor on a daily basis as it is drawn.


2.Your choice of fabric is important
If you want to create a light and airy feeling in a room, silk curtains in bright colors will work best. If you want privacy, heavier fabrics will be the better option. Cotton is a cheap option and it can easily blend in with the rest of the décor. If you have kids and pets, it is best to choose curtains that won’t get dirty fast, such as white curtains or silk curtains as they are had to spot clean.


The fabric content will also determine how you wash it. Some fabrics can only be dry cleaned while you can machine wash others. Dry cleaning curtains can get quite expensive if you do it on a regular basis, so if you want to keep costs down you are better off avoiding curtains that can only be dry cleaned. Before cleaning the curtains, always check what the manufacturer’s instructions for washing them are.


3.Consider buying curtain accessories.
If your curtains don’t slide open, buying hold backs or tie backs is advisable.


4.Decide whether you want ready made curtains or if you want custom made curtains.
Ready made curtains are available in a wide range of styles, colors, textures and patterns. Most of them can fit standard window sizes. Made to measure curtains are a good choice if you can’t readily find curtains that fit your window. They are also a good choice if you want something unique.


5.Choose a pattern and color that blends in well with the rest of the room.
If you already have a patterned carpet or upholstery, it will be best to go with a simple and understated color and pattern when choosing your curtains. However, if you want the curtain to be the main center of attention, choose something that is bold and bright.


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