Does the idea of finding the right window treatment ideas and the
right home decor fabric make you feel overwhelmed? Well, I am here to
help make this job much easier! Making the right choices in your
curtains and drapery fabric will make all the difference. There is one
major fundamental belief I have when it comes to decorating: "know where to spend money, and know where to save money".
Window treatments are definitely the place to spend your money, but spending it wisely, is the key. Well-made custom curtains sewn with quality drapery fabrics, brings elegance and warmth to any room.
Whether it is living room curtains, custom kitchen curtains,
bay window treatments,
or kid's bedroom curtains, there are many different window treatment ideas for you to choose from.
Figuring out what window treatments are best for your windows can be frustrating, let alone trying to decide on drapery fabrics. Below are 7 tips to help guide you through this decorating process.
1. Know ahead of time what window treatment ideas you like. Go through decorating magazines and rip out photos that appeal to you, always keeping in mind the style of your room.
2. Learn how to measure your own window; there is a charge for someone to come out and measure. Be able to figure out a rough estimate of the amount of drapery fabric you will need.
3. Visit a home decor fabric store and ask if they have their own workroom. If they don't, ask for their seamstress' recommendations.
4. Cut several fabric samples and take them home. Tape them up near your window, and take a few days to look at them and see what sticks out as your favorite. If you have a lot of floral or busy patterns in your furniture or bedding, then choose a solid, stripe, or simple geometric pattern for your curtains. The reverse is also true; if your furniture or bedding doesn't have a lot of patterns, then choose fabrics with a busy pattern for your window treatments.
Decide whether you like heavier drapery fabrics, or light fabrics like
linen, sheer, or polyester fabrics. Certain fabrics work better with
different interior decorating styles.
6. Research drapery hardware, and different ways to hang draperies.For expert help in drapery hardware ideas visit
The Window Treatment Expert.com!
7. Try your hand at sewing your own! There are several curtain patterns that make easy sewing projects. Really, you can do it!
One of the most popular draperies I install right now are ready-made drapery panels from Half-Priced Drapes.com. They are a fantastic choice, not only because of the quality, but because you can install them yourself and save hundreds of dollars! No interior designer necessary!
Long panels mounted on each side of a window just soften a room, and give it a wonderful finishing touch. Installation is easy. Half-Priced Drapes.com also carries beautiful drapery hardware. Your window treatments will look like you hired an interior designer and paid thousands of dollars! You would be amazed at what companies like Decorating Den charge for custom draperies. If you are looking for cheap window treatments that aren't cheap in quality, these are a fantastic choice!
So, whether you want formal silk drapery panels, or a simple linen weave panel, Half-Priced Drapes prices are fantastic.
Tip: To dress up your ready-made panels, or to add a bit of whimsy attach trim to the inner edges of your panels. You can add tassels, pom-poms, or even beaded trim. Attach your trim with hot glue. Fast and easy!
One of my favorite window covering ideas is pairing long drapery panels with faux wood blinds, bamboo window coverings, or blackout roman shades.
Box pleat curtains are another great curtain choice if you are on a tight budget. Box pleat curtains don't require a lot of fabric, and are mounted on 1x4 pine boards with "L" shape brackets. Not having to buy fancy drapery hardware saves a ton of money on your hardware budget.
If you looking for beginner sewing projects, I promise this one is it. This is by far the easiest curtain I have every made! My favorite thing about this curtain design is it only takes 1 1/2 yards of drapery fabric per window.
You mount this curtain on a 1x4 pine board, using "L" shape brackets just like the box pleat curtain. Another cheap window treatment idea that most definitely doesn't look cheap!
These are some curtains I made for a client. Instead of plain long panels, we added an 18" panel at the top with pom-pom trim for added flair!
If you already have drapery panels and want to make them look like custom curtains, purchase coordinating fabric and duplicate the look in the above photo.
It is easy to do! Measure the width of your panel. I like having the added panel about 18"long. You will want to add 3" for the top and bottom seams, and then 3" to the total width of your panel, to allow for the side seams.
For example, if the width of your panel is 51" then cut your added panel 54" x 21".
Sew a shirt-tail hem on all four of your sides of the added panel. Next, use hot glue to attach your trim to the bottom of the panel. Then you can either sew you panel onto your ready-made draperies, or you can use hot glue if you don't want any stitching showing.
Don't be afraid to try your hand at sewing! It really is easy and fun! Window Treatment Ideas don't have to be over-the-top to be gorgeous.Shirt-tail hem:
turn you fabric over 1/2 ", and then turn another 1/2" and stitch.
If you are looking for easy sew curtains you can make in an afternoon, then sheer curtains is a perfect sewing project! Learn to sew easy sheer window treatments for any room! Pair them with bamboo shades and they are stunning.