So, it’s time for a new window treatment. You’ve decided that your windows need a change. Curtains have the ability to make or break a room. The options you have are limitless, so how do you choose? This guide will help you make the perfect decisions you need to make your space a little more you.
There are many decisions you need to make, and the first one is which fabric to choose. Curtains come in all kinds of fabrics, and you need to choose what’s right for your home. Heavy, dark curtains are ideal in the winter time. These materials, suede, velvet, and tapestry are best for insulating in the cold months. Thin, silky sheer curtains are best for the warmer months. There are a few specific materials that are known to hang best on windows, draping perfectly and wrinkling the least. These fabrics, linen, and silk are often the best as far as how they hang. Faux silk is also a good option and is less likely to degrade in the sun (a problem that may occur over time with real silk).
Now, let’s say you haven’t found any curtains that you like while out shopping. Solution: Make your own!
Let’s be honest, curtains are often just too expensive. You want to change the look of your room, but you don’t want to break the bank. Making curtains will save that money. Now first, curtains are just fabric. This means that step one of making your own curtains is choosing a fabric. When creating curtains, you need to think about how a fabric acts. You don’t want a fabric that will crinkle and constantly look like a shirt that needs to be ironed. At the same time, you don’t want a fabric that’s so heavy that it will probably pull the rod off the wall. The fabrics I mentioned above (velvet, silk, etc.) are all perfect for the do-it-yourself curtain maker.
Once you’ve chosen your fabric, you need to choose a curtain rod. The rod should match or contrast the curtain, whichever suits you best. Make sure that it’s wide enough for your window (measure, measure, measure!) and prepare for the tricky part!
Every store made curtain has a pocket at the top for the curtain rod to go through, and a hem at the bottom. With your own fabric you’ll need to create this pocket on your own and hem on your own. This is where measuring comes in handy. The pocket at the top should be wide enough to fit over the rod with about one extra inch. Always measure twice before you do anything. If you have a sewing machine this next part will be easy. Sew straight across to seal the pocket where the rod will go. If you don’t have a sewing machine I don’t suggest sewing them by hand. It’s time consuming, difficult, and may result in a crooked line across the top of your otherwise perfect curtains. Don’t fret, there are tons of alternatives to sewing.
When no sewing machine is available (or you don’t want to use one) you have to get creative. The two options I will suggest depend on the fabric you’re using. First, for more durable fabrics, there is iron on hem tape. This tape is double sided, and when heated up with an iron, it’s durable enough to hold the hem and support your curtain on the curtain rod. The second option, which should only be used on thin, lighter fabrics, is a hot glue gun. Glue will do the job just fine on your thinner curtains, but should not be trusted with your bigger, denser, heavier fabrics. There are other options you can research online, but these are the two I would recommend. Other options that are mentioned online are things like staples, clothespins, and tape. I do not recommend any of these. Some of them will appear tacky (staples) and others might not hold (clothespins and tape). Go the more traditional route!
A final note on creating your own curtains, make sure to measure ahead of time. Your curtains are going to hang from above the window down to the floor (whether they stop at the floor or break at the floor) and you need to make sure you leave enough space to hem them, build the curtain rod pocket, and that they’re wide enough to hang the way you want. Keep this in mind, and you’ve got the perfect curtains or custom curtains.
I hope this guide has helped you. Now get out there, get or make some new curtains, and change your house just in time for the summer! Happy shopping!