Choosing Curtains For Your Window
Curtains come in a variety of different fabrics, colors, and patterns. Some are lined and offer maximum light absorption, while others are sheer, offering minimal heat insulation. Here are some tips to help you choose the right curtains for your home. They can make a room look larger or smaller, depending on the style you choose.
Drapery fabrics block cold air from entering through the window
Curtains are great for blocking cold air from entering through a window. They work by trapping the cold air and forcing it to flow around the curtain, which in turn cools the air on the other side. To install a curtain, measure the length and width of the window. The curtain should overlap in the center. Use two curtains per window, one for the decorative fabric and one for the vapor barrier. You can attach the layers using pins to hold them to the wall.
Curtains should be made of a heavy-duty material to block the cold air. Heavyweight fabrics, such as velvet and tweed, work best. You can also choose elaborately patterned options if desired.
Drapery fabrics block out light
Draper fabrics that block out light are a good choice for rooms that need to remain dark. These fabrics are made to be durable and light-resistant and are also flame-retardant. They can be used alone or in combination with a lining. There are different types of blackout fabrics, and knowing which one to choose depends on your personal preference and your room’s decor.
One of the most effective ways to block out light is by using blackout linings. These materials protect your drapery fabrics from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and control light, temperature, and even sound. Each type of lining has varying properties, and the base fabric may be cotton, polyester, or a combination of both. Another type of blackout lining is known as dim out and is made of acrylic foam, which blocks up to 98% of light. This type of blackout lining is much thinner and softer than a standard blackout, and it tends to cost less.
Lined curtains offer maximum light absorption
Lined curtains are typically made from two different types of fabrics, one at the front of the curtain and a separate coated fabric at the back. Lined curtains can be made from either cotton or a cotton/polyester blend. Lined curtains can be opaque or translucent, depending on the type of backing. A single coat of backing can absorb up to 50% of direct light, while three coats can absorb up to 100%. Lined curtains are an excellent choice for maximum light absorption and heat insulation. Typically, a curtain made of lined fabric will consist of an uncoated fabric on the front, and a separate coated fabric behind it.
In addition to being lined, a lined curtain will also add weight and structure to the curtain, allowing for a more precise pleat. Another added benefit of lined curtains is that they are more sound-resistant. Lined curtains can help reduce noise from the outside, while blackout lining blocks nearly 90% of sunlight.
Sheer curtains offer little in the way of heat insulation
Sheer curtains are often made from lightweight, airy fabric and are great for rooms that receive a lot of natural light. They can be used in many different ways and are available in a variety of colors and designs. While they offer little insulation, they can add a soft and casual look to a room and they can even add some privacy to a room if you use them correctly.
There are several types of sheer curtains on the market, from lightweight, sheer, and semi-sheer, to thermal. Those with insulation can cut energy costs by up to $10 per window.
Grommet/Eyelet curtains are more formal in style
There are several types of curtains, including a tab top, eyelet, and grommet. Tab tops feature fabric loops that are attached to a rod. They are more casual and leave the rod exposed, but also let in more light from the window. Another type is grommet/eyelet curtains, which feature holes in the fabric at the top and bottom to hold rings or clips. This type is more formal but is suitable for both bedrooms and patios.
Grommets and eyelets are made from different materials. Some are made of metal, while others are made of plastic. They come in different colors and designs and are often matched with the fabric of the curtain. You can also get creative by choosing patterned or multicolored grommets.
Pleated curtains offer a repeating visual pattern
Pleated curtains have multiple folds in the fabric that create a repeating visual pattern. These types of curtains are usually available in a variety of styles. Most are made with one or two tiers. Each tier has a different amount of fabric. The number of folds determines the thickness of the tier.
The most popular pleat style is the double pinch pleat. This is made by folding two layers of fabric in half and stitching the top and bottom edges together. When viewed from the bottom, the result is a flat rope. This style comes in single-fold and double-fold styles. Single-fold curtains feature a single-fold pleat, while double-folds have two folds. These curtains look like two pieces of fabric from all sides, making them perfect for a transitional space.