You’ve designed your room lavishly from painting the walls with jazzy colors, installing fluorescent lights, and to engrossing it with all that rustic furniture. But, the wow factor is still missing, isn’t it? Ahhhh, you’ve forgotten to treat your windows. Choosing your window treatments is like that top sweet dollop of icing on the cake. There is a fancy word that spices up your windows “Curtains”.
Curtains can easily transform the visual air of your space. We know that picking the right curtains for your house is not a stress- free experience. From deciding the types of curtains, the curtain header to select and the length of curtain to go for can be a baffling task sometimes. That’s why we’ve compiled an inclusive guide to the different types of curtains. We have pinned everything you need to know from choosing the right curtain styles, curtain lengths to curtain fabrics, so that you can select, set up and hang your curtains with poise.
Various sorts of curtains
Curtains vary in fabric, length, and color. It’s important when you shop for your curtain treatments to compare different curtain styles depending on your window panel and then buying them. Avoid random buying of curtains as they are available in a variety. Here, we’ve listed a few popular curtain styles to choose from-
Tailored pleat curtains- These types of curtains are best suited when you want to go for more traditional or formal, look. These curtains are made with thicker and heavier fabrics. You can surely select the type of pleat based on the look you want to achieve in your room.
Box Pleat- The fold of these types of curtain runs deep and uninterrupted across the whole fabric, providing it full coverage. The wall color can’t reflect through these curtains. The Box Pleat curtains are best for dining, drawing rooms, and lounges.
Pencil pleat-The pencil curtains can easily work with various rods or hooks. These curtains have thinner, single pleats that make it very versatile. They are the most casual type of curtain that is perfect for living spaces or bedrooms.
Tab- Top Curtains- The Tab– Top curtains are easy to hang curtains. They do not involve an onerous task to undergo while setting them up. These types of curtains have a loop at the top and are needled through the poles or rods.
After deciding on the curtain style the next important step in the entire process is deciding on the curtain length. For that, you need to take an accurate measurement to make sure that you are buying the correct length of curtains following your window panel. The length of the curtains also depends upon the way you want to hang them up. Three different ways that will help you in deciding the length.
Float- In this style curtains usually float above the floor. They do not touch the floor. But make sure you’re not supposed to have a gap of more than an inch between the bottom of the curtain and floor. More than one-inch float is a big no.
Kiss- This method is the opposite of float. In this style, the bottom of the curtains kisses the floor i.e. touches the floor. You’re required to have an exact measurement of the window panel in case you are choosing this type of curtain length.
Puddle- The bottom of the curtains just flares out on the floor. You can buy a curtain one inch longer than the length to make them puddle at the floor.
Curtains are available in a variety of fabrics to choose from. The fabric selection depends upon the weight of the curtains. Cotton, polyester or rayon are some of the common fabrics to go with more medium, standard weight curtains. Avoid using polyester based curtains in the kitchen as polyester is inflammable. For more heavyweight curtains, opt for opaque materials like silk, velvet or brocade that look elegant when draped on the floor.