Bare windows are rarely desirable. They leave your furniture and floors vulnerable to sun damage, make it difficult to sleep, and let's face it, there's a privacy issue. If you're looking for window coverings, curtains are a great solution.
Curtains have many advantages. They enhance your existing decor, can be used alone or in conjunction with blinds, and perhaps best of all, they're easy to install. But first, you'll have to measure to make sure your curtains are the right size.
Read on for step by step directions on how to measure your window for curtains.
Laser tape measures are awesome. But most people find it easier to measure windows with a good old-fashioned tape measure, particularly if their windows are awkwardly shaped or you want your curtains to hang outside the frame.
The way you install your curtains will impact the amount of light that filters into your room.
In an inside mount, the curtains are mounted inside the window frame for a clean, minimalistic look. Bear in mind with an inside mount installation that slivers of light can creep through the top, bottom, and sides of the curtains.
In most rooms this difference won't interfere with your lifestyle either way, but it can make a difference in a media room or bedroom, particularly for anyone who has difficulty sleeping. You should also remember that the type or thickness of your fabric will affect light as well. If you install sheer lace curtains they won't block much light no matter how they're mounted.
Tip: Consider the style of your curtain. For instance, if your curtain rod will run through a curtain with eyelet holes at the top, chances are there will be a couple inches of extra fabric on the top. Be sure to take this into account.
Similarly, if your curtain is installed via hooks, it may dangle below the rod. This will need to be considered when taking your measurements.
Now that you know your measurements, it's time to install your curtains. You'll need:
You can buy curtains at from a variety of sources. Here are just a few:
Curtains add a touch of class and decor to any room and come in a wide variety of price ranges. You're going to love the way they'll look!