Curtain Fabric 101 – Instant Guide On Curtain Fabrics
Author: Jo Alelsto
One misconception about choosing curtain fabrics is that it is such one simple task. Well, it is if you just want to have curtains for the sake of having curtains, regardless of the fact that they are too thin or thick for the room where they will be hung from, if theirs colors and patterns do not suit your style, and so on. But it should not be the case, right? You would want to spend your money on something worthwhile and something that you would be satisfied with.
Having said that, there are some lessons that you may have to learn about curtain fabric and these lessons may be of help when you move in your new home or when you finally decide to give your room or your home a new look.
We can start with some of the most commonly used fabrics used not only for curtains, but also for draperies, upholstery, and pillow cases.
A vegetable fiber, cotton is commonly used as a curtain fabric because while it is relatively cheap, it is also comfortable, versatile, and durable. It is also widely used for other home furnishing, clothing, bags, and medical products among others. A cotton fabric for curtains gives a room a rather comfortable and casual look. Acrylic is likewise often used. It is good to use for homes that need a warm atmosphere because of its lightweight and soft characteristics.
Moreover, lace is another common option and it can be made manually or using a machine. It is perfect if you want your place to look and feel light and breezy. For a more elegant and formal look and feel of a room, silk is one curtain fabric that is often used. It is considered as the strongest fabric in the world and its sources are the cocoons of silkworms.
As much as there are different kinds of fabrics used for curtains, there are certain factors that you will have to take into consideration when choosing a fabric. One of these is whether you want to block light or you want more light in the room where the curtain will be hung from. Get those thick fabrics to prevent too much light from entering the room and get those thin ones if otherwise. Another thing to consider is the measurement of the windows as it is the most important determining factor with regards to how much fabric you need. How much you need, ideally, is two to two and a half times the width of the window, and two to three inches beneath the window. But this can vary, depending on your desired style and design.
The feel and look of the room that you want to achieve through your curtains are also important things that must be taken into consideration. Cotton and cotton mixtures, for instance, tend to give a room a casual look. Moreover, they can also be advantageous when you have kids in your room who keep on reaching for your curtains. Velvet and silk, on the other hand, tend to give a room a formal and elegant look. Likewise, a room may have a theme or motif and you naturally want your curtains to stay true to the theme.
It is indeed a misconception that looking for the right curtain fabric is easy. In fact, you would want to invest time and effort looking for it. You put up curtains for different reasons, whether you want to add more style and flavor to your room or you want to block the light emitted by the nearby lamppost. Either way, you would surely want them to serve their purpose.
About the author: Jo is an author and publisher for 'Lara Grace Collections' (http://www.laragrace.co.uk), an online curtain fabric supplier in UK that focuses in the supply of fabrics for curtains, soft furnishings and upholstery. If you are looking for and would want to obtain an exclusively designed curtain fabrics which can give an elegant and fashionable effect to your abode that can be used and coordinated in several ways then have a look at Lara Grace Collections.
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