Pax Ivanna. Curtains. October 17th , 2016.
Hanging outdoor curtains for patio can transform the space in a matter of minutes. Not only is this a great way of adding a design element to the space but it also allows the owners some privacy from people gazing in. While you could easily buy curtains to match you space, making your own patio curtains can bring a certain sense of satisfaction. While stitching and hanging up your patio curtains, you will need quite a few things. This includes curtain rods, fabric for the curtains, scissors, sewing machine, and a measuring tape. Once you have all the things that you need, just follow the simple steps given below in order to make outdoor patio curtains. First and foremost, you need to take measurements of the patio doors to determine the length and width of the curtain rods and the fabric that you will using. To determine the length of the curtain rod, you will need to measure the width of the door or window frame. While picking out the curtain rods, ensure that the ones you pick out are rust free curtain rods. Once you have decided what fabric you will be using to make the curtains for the outdoors, you will need to take measurements. Measure both the length and the width of each curtain and add about two to three inches to the measurements for the hem and the pockets for the curtain rods. Ensure that when you are cutting the material, you multiply the measurements with the number of curtains that you need. While buying the fabric for the curtain remember to buy a variety that is not only heavy but also durable enough to withstand the elements of nature as these will be hung outside. Also try and choose fabrics that are resistant to dust, moisture, and also in a fabric that will not fade away quickly due to constant exposure to the sun. The thread that you need to use in order to make outdoor curtains should be sturdy and strong as you want it to be able to handle the wear and tear that it will undergo on a daily basis. Next comes the actual process of sewing the curtains. If you are already an amateur seamster or seamstress, then making the curtains may not be a huge task for you. In order to make the curtains, the first thing that you would want to do is to create a pocket for the rod to be put through. Once the pocket is made, you can hem the bottom of the curtain. In order to make the sewing process simpler, you could choose to fold the edges and then iron over them to create a seam line to sew on. You could also pin the fold to make it easier to sew. Making patio curtains actually needs very little sewing. Once you have sewed the curtains, all you need to do is put the curtain rods through the pocket holes that you have created and hang them up by placing them in the brackets that you have in place. You now know that making outdoor patio curtains is not a very difficult task. The only step that may take a little test may be the process of actually sewing the curtains but once you are a little more proficient with sewing, it may be a task that is nothing more than a quick weekend project which can completely transform the way your patio looks. Why is it that the exterior of a home is often ignored when it comes to decorating? Shouldn't it be given equal, if not more, importance? Well, we've taken in upon ourselves to give you some ideas on how you can spruce up the exterior of your home and make it look as warm and inviting as the indoors. How? Well, the answer's quite simple really. Outdoor curtains! Who would've thought something as simple as curtains can help to entirely transform your outdoors and give it a wonderfully vibrant appearance! This article has some ideas that you can use for outdoor curtains. Check them out! Need something light, yet elegant to decorate your outdoors with? Well, linen is the perfect answer for you. If it's a cottage style home that you live in, then even better. You can have some beautiful wrought iron furniture placed on your patio and then, the area where the patio's edge meets the ground below, that area can be cordoned off with a pair of high mounted linen curtains. The linen curtains should no doubt match the overall dcor of the house and of the furniture that you have placed on the patio. Color wise, you should ideally go for something in dark, earthy hues. Deep chocolate brown or deep olive green are some of the best options that you can try for outdoor linen curtains. While linen may look really elegant, it does have one slight problem: maintenance! Hence, if you're a resident of an area that is blessed with both abundant sunshine and rain, then using linen curtains makes no sense to you, does it? So, what you need to go for, especially for your outdoor curtains is an all-weather curtain. Yes, browse online and you'll find some great deals and varieties on weather resistant curtains, which are made from special materials that are capable of withstanding harsh sun and rain too. Plus, they're not very harsh on the eye too. You have an array of designs, colors and styles to choose from. So, just go ahead and search some home improvement sites that offer these curtains for sale. You're sure to find something to suit your taste and budget. Yes, I know what you're thinking. Who has beaded curtains in the outdoors, right? But just picture this. You're sitting on the swing in your backyard, which is right in front of the beautiful French doors of your yard. A light breeze blows and you look towards the door, and there you have your gorgeous beaded curtains, sparkling with the wonderful sunlight bouncing off it. Sounds nice? Well, you can have such a scene too with some fancy beaded curtains in your outdoors. You can substitute the beads for things like small mirrors, acrylic beads, crystal beads, tiny bells, etc. Take your pick! You can even make the curtains yourself and impress guests with your handiwork! Whatever the fabric may be, you need to keep one thing in mind: the color of the curtains must not only be a flattering one, but it should also be the one that complements your outdoors. Suppose you have a pergola or just a covered seating area in your front lawn, where you like to spend the evenings with your family every chance you get. You'll want to ensure that your family is protected from prying eyes, right? Plus, it'll have to look good as well. The best way you can ensure this, is to have curtains in solid colors like dark red, orange, green, navy blue, etc. adorning and surrounding this area. Solid, single colors will also absorb the dust and sunlight better than sheer ones, and need to be cleaned less often than the lighter ones. Well, so much for outdoor curtain ideas. There are sure to be a lot more ideas that you can think of. Do share them with us, we'd love to hear them. So go ahead and decorate the exterior of your home with as much passion and creativity as you would decorate the interiors! If you have shifted to a new house and it has some very small, less than the regular sized windows, it can be quite a challenge finding appropriate curtains to cover them with. As it is the curtains which lend a kind of a character to the windows, making them look appealing and attractive, it is very important that you choose the best ones! When it come to small windows, you should always look for curtains which are simple and functional. If you choose some very heavy and decorative curtains, they will look very overwhelming and may seem out of place too. Steer clear of loud designs too, as they can make the window appear smaller than it actually is. The below given ideas for small windows will further help you out in choosing the right drapes, which will give it the perfect shape and look. When choosing curtain designs for small windows, always go in for vertical patterns. Vertical patterns on the curtains, will lend length to your windows. As for the cloth, go in for the sheers, as they help the light pass through and enter the room, much more than any other cloth. To further add on to the length of the windows, let the sheer curtains fall, almost to the floor (just about two inches above so that they do not get dirty and you end up washing them again and again!) This will give the illusion that your windows stretch to the floors, thus making them appear much taller than they actually are! One drawback of hanging sheer curtains is that they do not offer privacy. So, to take care of this problem, get a two layered curtain for your window. Above the sheers, have some colored curtains installed. You can tie them back with sashes in the mornings and leave only the sheers on, to allow the sunlight enter your room. During the night, you can leave the colored curtains on, to maintain your privacy! If the window is wide but its length is short i.e. it is not very tall, to add an illusion of length to it, place your curtain rod, just below the ceiling, instead of immediately where the window starts from, as is done with regular sized windows. Now, when you hang curtains on the rod, it will seem as if the window starts from below the ceiling, thus adding a few inches to its height! If the window has a sill underneath it, then obviously, you can not hang the curtain till the floor, as it will hide its architectural beauty. In such a case, one of the useful curtain solutions is to place the rod just below the ceiling and hang a valance from it, that reaches to the top of the window. From there, hang curtains of your choice, which end at the sill. This two layered look, will lend its own charm to the interiors of your room and no one will even notice the short length of your window! For windows which are narrow in width, extending the rod about three to five inches, on either side, and then hanging the curtains on them, will lend an illusion of width, thus making the windows appear much broader than they are! To make the windows look a bit more wider and interesting, a good idea is to hang sheers in the middle and colored, slightly thick curtains on the sides. This way, you will get a twin colored look for your windows, plus the sheers will offer the much-needed light in the room and the colored curtains, the privacy that you need! Make your window look arty, by hanging an embroidered cloth over it as a curtain. You can make use of any cloth piece which has some unique designs on it, for this purpose! Or hang roman shades, which match with your room decor, as they will conceal the window completely and thus, none of your guests would be able to make out its short length! It's not just the curtains, you can play around with the curtain rings and the finials and draw attention away from the length and width of your window. So, get some artistic finials as well as large rings to hang your curtains on, cause this way, people would be more drawn to look at them, rather than the size or shape of your window! As you can see, there are so many innovative curtain ideas for small windows that you can utilize, to make them look stunning. Choose any of these or come up with a few of your own, to transform your small windows into decorative and creative focal points of your room! The right window treatment can help you create any interior dcor look that you want in your home. Most people have a clear idea about the kind of window treatment they want in their living room and bedroom, but are stumped when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms. Leaving the kitchen window bare is not a desirable option, but regular floor length curtains are not functional. As privacy is not an issue in a kitchen, you can opt for cafe curtains that cover the bottom half of the window. These type of window treatments are modern and give your kitchen dcor some flair. Cafe curtains for kitchen can be found in any home furnishing store and they are available in different materials and styles. However, they can be a bit on the expensive side. So the best thing to do would be to make your own cafe curtains. Making your own cafe curtains also helps you to customize them according to your will. Even if you are a novice at sewing, you can make them easily as they do not require advanced sewing skills. You can experiment with different styles of cafe curtains from the frilly floral ones to the light sheer ones. Light weight cotton, patterned silk, muslin and sheers are ideal fabrics for making cafe curtains.
The clips that hold the vanes often break as they are mostly made of plastic. However, it is very easily replaced and sometimes, you do not even need any tools for that. Take out the broken clips out of the head rail of the blinds. If you are using a screw driver for this purpose, ensure that it does not damage the vane. While replacing the new clip, take care that it is fitted well into the head rail or else it cannot secure the vane properly. After that, insert the vane into the clips in the same alignment as other vanes are.
Measurements: First of all, you need to determine the amount of fabric that you would need. This can be easily determined by measuring height and width of the gazebo. As far as the length of the curtains is concerned, you need to buy fabric that is 3 inches longer than the measured height of the gazebo. From these extra 3 inches, 1 inch will be needed for the bottom hem, and 2 inches will be required for the top pocket of the gazebo curtain panels. For the width, the fabric that you purchase should be one and a half times longer than the actual width, plus additional 1 inch on both sides for hemming. Method of Sewing: Always use straight and vertical seams throughout the sewing length of the fabric. First of all, sew a 2 inch deep curtain pocket throughout the length of the top side of the fabric. You can increase the length of the pocket, if you are using thick curtain rods. You also need to add 1 inch hem at the sides and bottom. Once you are done with sewing, all you need to do is attach the curtain to the rod on top of the inside frame of the gazebo. You can also create more decorative additions, like adding hooks, Velcro panels, and decorative panels that are easily available on the market.
Try to combine an old style look, with something traditional and you will really hit the spot when it comes to eclectic cafe curtains and interesting curtain rods. The choice is up to you.
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