Sheers are fine and transparent fabrics which, when used at the window, create a sense of movement and allow light to enter a room whilst also offering privacy. They can also help slow down deterioration of your soft furnishings from sunlight and UV degradation.
Sheers are available in various densities, weaves and widths, with some qualities being weighted on one selvedge. Historically weighted selvedges were made from lead however it is common nowadays for these to be made from zinc. Although the weighted hem gives a finished look and allows the sheer to drape well, their use can be restricted by room height.
Architectural homes often have studs higher than 3.2m; in this situation, some sheers can be hung ‘wide width’ with the selvedge’s joined together to create an appropriate height drop (if you’re using a weighted sheer, just trim the weight off first).
Sheer fabrics are often used with a coloured lining to create a main drape, whether they’re hung on a separate track or not depends on the desired outcome. Linings come in a wide variety of finishes and colours to produce a decorative look.