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Curtain Styles And Headers

March 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Curtains can make a room look spacious and nice, or depressing. The curtains in a house reflect the mood and taste of the people who live in it. That’s why women need so much time to choice the correct curtains that will suit their homes. Just plainly hanging curtains from a cornice is no longer in style. Now diverse styles and headers for curtains are presented in the market to decide from. For sitting rooms and living rooms that have a view people, choose net or lace curtains. Some people have separate sets of curtains for summer and winter.

There are many different styles of curtains and headers, the most common of which is the standard one. In this, an inch-wide tape is used that is gathered up into a narrow even header. This style is commonly used on dormer and cottage windows. It is also used for lightweight curtains where a reinforced curtain rod is not required.

The next style in curtain headings is the pencil pleat. This style is used where there is no pelmet or valance. This style gives a pleasant look to the curtain header and is employed in modern styles. Just remember when buying curtain cloth for this style, you will need two and a half times more fabric than the width of the window.

The third style in curtain heading is the ‘French pleat’. This style is used on heavy window curtains, like velvet. An additional stiffener or lining of a thin stuff is also used, the pleats fan across the window, and there is a button sewn at the bottom of each pleat. Again two and a half times more than the window width in fabric will be needed for curtains with this sort of pleat style.

The ‘cartridge’ or ‘goblet style’ is used in a somewhat formal setting of the curtains. Tissue papers or polyester is stuffed on top of each rod for the curtain to keep its shape.

The ‘slot pleat’ is simple to make. Slots are cut in the header tape through which the curtain pole is fed. This look can be improved by allowing a quantity curtain to stand above the pole. Again the width of the curtain cloth should be twice or thrice that of the window’s width. You will need to decide the spacing of the slots.

Another design in curtain heading is the ‘puff ball design’. In this you make the curtain like the slot pleat curtain, only you keep at least twelve inches above the slots. Once the curtain is hung on the pole, the top is puffed up.

These are the ordinary designs and headers used in curtains. However, there are always latest and innovative designs that are being added. The curtain design and header largely depends on the window types and the curtain valances. The curtain design and heading must go with the decoration of the room. Furthermore, the curtain stuff must have a fine fall. Before buying curtain cloth you must decide on the style you like, as the amount of curtain fabric that you have to purchase will depend upon the curtain style. What you don’t want is to run out of cloth, or find the cloth to be in excess.

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