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Curtains – Shopping Guide For Ready Made Panels – Part 3

Take time to select the proper design for your window treatment. As with most do-it-yourself projects, your goal is too look like you spent a lot of money on a professional interior designer when in fact you did it yourself. I’ll share a few tricks of the trade to get you there. Ready made curtain panels are a fantastic alternative to custom draperies. Why spend hundreds of dollars when you don’t have to.

Be certain to read articles 1 and 2 in this series to equip you with all the information you need before purchasing your curtains. It will help you select the correct size and the best design for your room’s style. The last thing you want to do is take time from your busy schedule to exchange the wrong curtains for the correct length after you have installed the hardware.

Here are three inexpensive designer tricks that will take your curtains from ordinary to extraordinary.

Detailed embellishments add a professional touch. This method works for two curtain panels per window or one panel per window. Each panel has what is called a leading edge which is the side of the panel close to the window, not on the wall. Purchase decorative trim such as tassels or banding. To attach, either hand stitch or iron fabric bonding tape one half inch from the leading edge, exposing the fabric. A sewing machine stitch is not recommended because thread seams will show on the reverse side of the leading edge. Select a trim color that ties in the color of the curtains and other elements of the room.

To add another embellishment to the length of the curtains, purchase panels four inches or so longer and fold the header towards the front. Ring clips can be placed on the folded section. Apply trim along the header, one half inch from the edge. This will give you an amazing look, with minimal effort.

Extend the ceiling height for a grander effect. Ever notice in the designer magazines how little drapery hardware is even with the window frame? Typically the rod is higher than the frame. Placing that rod 6, 12, or 15″ above the frame creates a feeling of spaciousness within the space. Nail brackets on top of the window frame if at all possible.

Position hardware beyond the window frame to widen windows If wall space will allow you to mount the brackets six to twelve inches on average from the outside window frame, it will let more light in and widen the windows visually.

Again, read Part 1 and Part 3 of my series of articles on Curtains: A Guideline to Shopping for helpful tips. Ready made curtain panels can be a beautiful alternative when selected properly. They are often the finishing touch to your room’s interior design.

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