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Sheer Curtains can be used for all your window need. Sunrooms, kid’s bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms are all great uses with no outer treatments. Sheer and voile drapes are available in many colors and will help set the tone of the rooms they are installed in.
Affordability, easy maintaince and product selection make sheers a great choice for all your window treatments needs.
Buying the Right Sheer Curtains for Your Home
Adding sheer curtains to your home can help create a light and airy look. Employing these window treatments creatively can help to solve many of your light and window design problems, cheaply and easily.
The first step to using these types of curtains in your home is to purchase the right ones. There are many great places to find great curtains.
Once you’ve decided to purchase, the step even before the first, let’s call it 1A, you will need to measure the windows that you are looking to cover and it’s recommended that buy enough curtains to cover at least two times the window you’re covering. For instance, if your window is 50” wide you need a minimum 100” of fabric to complete your treatment.
You will also want to make sure that you pick out the right rod for your curtains. The rod you choose will depend on whether or not the sheer panels will be used alone or as an under treatment in which case you will need a double curtain rod. You also have the option of using a standard or decorative curtain rod.
Sheer and semi sheers come in dozens of styles and colors. Kitchen tiers, swags and valances, lined sheers, grommet panels; Priscilla curtains are just a few of the styles that are available. The uses are limitless you just have to research and know what’s available.
Used as Under Treatments
Once you have purchased the right sheer curtains for your windows, correct lengths, widths, fabric, rod type, you are ready to install them. If you are going to be layering your sheers under curtains or drapes, install the sheer curtains as close to the window as possible. This will allow you the room needed to draw (open and close) the outer curtains.
When you install your curtains make sure that the curtain rod is evenly spaced on the window’s top edge and that it is level. We do NOT recommend you drill holes in molding around the window, rather measure 1 to 2 inches past the molding and place your mounting hardware. It may be necessary to install a center bracket or two if the window is wide or if the treatments you’re hanging are heavy.
To add to the appearance of your sheers, curtain and drape combination, try adding tie-backs to the outer treatments. This allows you to make the most of your drapery in both function and appearance.
Tips for Installing
These types of drapes are popular with many homeowners and interior decorators because they are simple to install, inexpensive to purchase and can be used in a number of creative ways.
Voile or sheer curtains are light weight fabrics. They are sheer in design, meaning you can see through them. They can be used to help filter out light from a room to cool it down or to control the amount of sunlight that enters the room. When used alone these types of curtains won’t block out all of the sunlight. Many people choose to have more control over how much light can enter through a window by combining them with other types of heavier curtains or drapes.
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