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Custom Curtain FAQs

Are you interested in purchasing custom curtains for your home, but are a little overwhelmed by the whole process? At Emma Custom, we have made it our mission to help you get the exact look you want for your home at a price you can afford. To that end, we have compiled a list of Custom Curtain FAQs to help get you started.

Q: What is window treatment?

Window treatments generally refer to shades, blinds, shutters, curtains, drapes and swags and valances that cover your windows.

Q: What are good fabrics for custom curtains and custom drapes?

The most common fabrics you find in curtains and drapes are bamboo, cotton, linen, silk, velvet and synthetic fibers. They also come in different colors and patterns from bright florals to rich red damask custom curtains.

Q: What is the difference between Sheer and Opaque Curtains?

Sheer fabric for curtains don’t offer a lot of protection from the sun or very much privacy either. They are mostly chosen for their color and light airy texture. They are best used in rooms where a need for privacy is not a factor. Types of sheer fabrics include voile fabric, lace, nylon, eyelet cotton, muslin and gauze.

Opaque fabrics have a higher thread count and therefore offer more protection and privacy. Types of opaque fabrics include cotton, synthetic fabric, linen, blend fabric, silk, velvet, bamboo and synthetic blends.

Q: What is the curtain heading?

The curtain heading is referring to the top piece of the curtain that attaches to the curtain track or rod and help shape the curtain fabric.

The six most popular types of headings are: tailored pleat, pinch pleat, flat panel, rod pocket, tabbed, and grommeted. If you prefer the pleated look, you can choose from either the tailored or pinched look, and if you prefer a more modern feel than the flat panel or grommeted might be what you are looking for instead. For a simple, timeless look, a tabbed curtain heading is a great choice.

Q: Where to put the curtain rods?

Did you know that the placement of the curtain rod can also affect how much light comes in through the window? For the most optimum light exposure when the curtains are open, the curtain rod should extend a minimum of 3 inches beyond the window frame on each side. To give your window a grander appearance, then extend the rod even further, about between 3 to 6 inches on each side.

And if you want the window to appear taller, you can install the rod higher up, from about 8 inches above the window frame to as high as the ceiling. And for the most modern and stylish look, make sure you place the brackets for the curtains above and outside the window molding.

Q: How to measure for curtains?

When figuring out the appropriate measurements for your curtains, you don’t want to just measure the window exactly. You should add at least six inches above the window frame to make the room seem taller and then add inches to the bottom if you are going for the longer look. For more fullness, you should also add about four to eight inches to the width on both sides. These extra inches will also make it easier to block out the sun and gain more privacy.

To make sure your curtains look full when drawn closed, interior design experts recommend that the curtain panels have a combined width that to 2 to 2 ½ times the width of the window. If you have chosen pleated curtain panel, however, they are already pretty full so just measuring the width of the window should be enough.

If however, you are not going to need to close the curtains, then you just have to have a combined width of 1 ½ times the width of the window instead.

Q: How to hang curtains?

The tools you will need for hanging your curtains include: a curtain rod with brackets, screws, tape measure, level, and screwdriver.

Be sure to install the curtain brackets first making sure that they extend past the depth of your window molding; otherwise, the curtains won’t hang right. Also use a level to make sure the sides are even. And finally, place curtains on the rod and then hang them.

Q: Are custom curtains and custom drapes really expensive?

Custom curtains and custom drapes don’t have to break the bank if you know where to go for them. We started Emma Custom because we believe that everyone deserves to have the home of their dreams and that includes affordable custom sheers and custom drapes. With our prices, you will be able to get the window treatments you have always wanted without hurting your wallet.

Start shopping for your custom curtains today or contact us for questions or guidance!

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