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How to - Choose Curtain Fabric

Soft window furnishings provide practical benefits such as energy savings through insulation (control of head and cold), noise reduction, privacy and light control.  With an enormous array of design, colour and textures available homeowners have more choice than ever to add individual personality to their curtains, complete the look and feel of a room and enhance the value of their greatest financial asset – their home!

A CHECKLIST OF WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER BEFORE SELECTING DRAPERY FABRIC:

Assess what types of windows you have in your home.  Their style and shape – do they suit curtains, blinds or a mix of the two?
What privacy do need for each room?

  • Do you need to consider young children and pets?
  • Do you need to reduce the glare of the sun?
  • Do you need to protect your furniture from UV light?
  • Do you need to make your room appear bigger/smaller?  (ie patterns of neutrals)
  • Is there a lot of moisture in the home? Humidity?
  • What is the style of the room (formal, relaxed)
  • Do you want to make a statement or keep the room tonal? (pattern vs neutrals)
  • Fullness of fabric
  • Hemline (above the floor, to the floor, puddling on the floor)
  • How the curtain will sit on the rod hardware - ie, running on the face or below
  • Lining
  • Borders and/or trims?
  • Level of investment

LOOK/AESTHETIC:

Informal / Formal / Minimal / Statement / Subtle

REQUIREMENTS OF THE ROOM:

Privacy / Insulation / Noise reduction / Block Sun / Block UV rays / Durability (kids/pets) / Glare/TV

FABRIC TYPES 

Fibre Properties

Linen
Natural
Prone to shrinkage
Prone to mould
Will deteriorate over time
Quality look
Drapes well

Cotton 
Natural
Soft
Prone to shrinkage
Prone to mould
Will deteriorate over time
Prone to yellowing

Synthetic – polyester, viscose/rayon/acrylic
Durable
Easy to clean
Fade resistant
Mould and mildew resistant
Non shrink
UV resistant
Bug resistant
Anti bacterial properties

Links for more info.
FABRIC COMPOSITIONS: https://jamesdunloptextiles.com/design-news/an-educational-yarn/textile-fibres)

FABRIC QUALITIES https://jamesdunloptextiles.com/design-news/an-educational-yarn/textile-fibres)

HEADER OPTIONS:

Heading styles determine the draping style and stack-back characteristics of a curtain.  There are a wide range of heading styles available however your final selection will be partly determined by the need for the heading to allow for stack back, the fullness you require and your financial and aesthetic requirements.  

Heading styles to consider:

Pencil Pleat
Double Pencil Pleat
New York Pleat (or single pleat)
Dutch Pleat (or double pleat or 2 pinch peat)
French pleat (or triple pinch pleat)
Inverted Pleat (or box pleat)
Wave heading
Rod and Clip
Eyelet
Goblet Pleat
Bishop Sleeve

CURTAIN TRACKS 

As well as the fabric and the header you will need to decide on what type of track or rod is best for your interior scheme.  There are many options for curtain hardware and your selection is key to a beautiful finish. Consider the style and the position of your curtain height including the size, scale and colour of the hardware for a balanced and cohesive look. (see post on hanging curtains)

How the track or rod is placed and how they function together will also enhance your window treatments. Tracks are a popular economical and practical method of hanging sheers, curtains and top treatments.  They are split into five different types as outlined below:

Extendable Track / Face Fix Track / Heavy Duty Track / Multi Fix Track / Top Fix rack

You can also use cable suspension systems, concealed track rods, metal or wooden rods, rings and eyelet rods.

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