What length of curtains should I buy? How do I adjust them to my window? What are pin hooks and how do I attach them for perfect pleats? You may have all kinds of questions when you come to buy these popular soft furnishings. But help is at hand! Benefit from our long-standing experience and expertise in curtaining products.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOUR
Start your curtain planning by choosing the colour. The shade of the fabric may appear different depending on the intensity of daylighting, so your perception of a curtain colour may change when you see it in your own setting, away from the shop. Make sure that you have the right to return your purchase so you can check that your colour choice works in your own interior. If in doubt, one good tip is to buy two variant shades, and then return the one you don’t want.
LET IN OR BLOCK OUT LIGHT
The texture or density of the fabric is also a factor. Consider whether you want curtains to block out all daylight or filter in some to your taste. Bear in mind that some heavy-weight fabrics also have a noise-dampening effect, which may be appreciated in a minimalist interior with noticeable acoustics.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LENGTH
Give some careful thought to the length of your curtains. But first you need to decide what type of hanging fixture you want from among all the options available on the market. Whatever you go for, your choice will affect the length. If, say, you opt for a rail fixed to the ceiling, you’ll need the full ceiling-to-floor length for your curtains.
Curtains that just skim above the floor are the ultimate aim, but it can be tricky to get them exactly the right length. If in doubt, it’s best to go for a length that is just a few centimetres longer than needed, so you can adjust them to length afterwards.
Surplus length, floor-trailing drapery gives a romantic and soft impression. However, bear in mind that floors, and hence your curtain hems, will tend to attract dust.
HOW TO HANG CURTAINS
There are two classic options for hanging curtains: curtain rail or curtain rod.
If you want the hanging fixture to be prominent and part of your drapery style, go for a curtain rod.
Alternatively, if you want a more discreet fixture, or multilayer curtaining, choose a curtain rail. Try, for example, hanging our sheer INTERMEZZO curtain nearest the window pane, and then hang our more intense PAOLO velvet curtain on the outer rail. This layered style provides both depth and versatility. The position of the curtain rod/curtain rail relative to the window influences the impression of the spaciousness of your interior.
A standard height is a few centimetres above the window casing.
If you hang the curtains higher up, closer to the ceiling, you can make your ceiling seem higher.
Take care not to install the rail/rod edge-to-edge with the window frame, as this will make your ceiling appear lower.
HOW DO I ADJUST THE WIDTH?
Open up the window area, let in the maximum amount of light and create the illusion of a wider window by moving the curtains slightly out to the sides or even well beyond the window.
Letting the curtains cover the window makes the window seem smaller.
A rule of thumb is that you need 2 metres of fabric to cover a 1 metre surface on account of the pleats. In other words, the width of the fabric needs to be twice that of the window and wall space you want to cover.
VERSATILE CURTAIN TAPE
All curtains in the LINUM range come with pre-stitched curtain tape on the back. This versatile curtain tape gives you various options for hanging your curtains and is compatible with both curtain rods and curtain rails.
If you draw the curtain straight onto the curtain rod through the curtain tape channel, you’ll achieve a relatively rigid curtain with fewer pleats.
Alternatively, insert pin hooks into the slits of the curtain tape on the back of the curtains. If you have installed a curtain rod, you’ll be hooking these into curtain rings, or, for a curtain rail, into the holes in the rail sliders.
CONCEALED PIN HOOKS
Using pin hooks or other curtain hooks gives you better options for adjusting the curtain pleating and smooth, effortless curtain slide-action along the rod/rail. Thread the pin hooks into the curtain tape for smooth and even pleats on the curtain face.
Here are some different types of pin hooks: 1-prong pin hooks, 2-prong pin hooks and 4-prong pin hooks, all of which come with either a short or long neck. With the short neck variant, your curtains will be pulled up higher and the curtain rail will be concealed, and with the long neck variant, the curtains will hang slightly lower, making the rail more visible.
1-prong pin hooks
With 1-prong pin hooks, the curtain pleats will be softly undulating.
2-prong pin hooks
The curtain pleats will be tight and neat rather than undulating. A 2-prong pin hook produces 1 pleat.
4-prong pin hooks
A 4-prong pin hook produces three pleats, and is used to make box pleats, French pleats and pencil pleats.
You decide the width of the pleats by the spacing of your pin hooks in the curtain tape. For dense pleating, draw the pin hooks through all the tape slits; for wider pleats, skip one or two slits.
Curtains can fulfil many functions and purposes in a home. They frame the window, and add a cosy, homely feel. Combined with other soft furnishings, colours and accessories, they add to the overall impression of your personal decor style. Pair lightweight and heavier-weight fabrics with each other in layers (for example: PAOLO and INTERMEZZO) or go for a timeless length (like WEST) in calm and balanced colourways. Our showroom at Artillerigatan 55 in Stockholm and select stockists keep curtain samples for your inspiration.
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