When it comes to choosing the right curtains for your space, there are so many options of fabrics, finishes, colours and curtain rods, it can quite overwhelming! Curtains aren't often cheap either, so its good to get the right ones for your room to begin with, as they may be quite costly to replace if they don't function well.
Box Pleated Curtains
Box pleated curtains give a very tailored look and drape into deep folds down the full length of the curtains. The box shapes line up next to each other which creates that formal, pleated look. They are ideal for more formal rooms like the lounge, dining or study.
Cased Heading Curtains, also known as Rod Pocket Curtains
A simple cased heading is used mainly for nets and lightweight fabrics that are not to be opened and closed frequently. A casing sewn across the top is left open at the ends. These need to be hung on a slender curtain rod that threads through the channel and fits onto hooks or into sockets at the sides of the window. Because the curtain rod gap is a tight fit, these curtains are best used in rooms that are used less frequently, like a formal sitting room.
Pinch Pleated Curtains
Pinch Pleating gives curtains a decorative finish at the top, and although it gives quite a more formal finish than rod pocket or standard gathering, pinch pleating will work with most fabric types. There are five types of pinch pleating – the one shown here is called a three finger pinch pleat. There are also two finger pinch pleats, three finger pinch pleats, four finger pinch pleats and five finger pinch pleats. With more pleats, the size and fullness of the pleat increases, and so does the amount of fabric needed to make the curtains increases, and the cost.
Eyelet curtains, or Grommet curtains are ideal for light to medium weight fabrics and include silver rings at the header that a rod weaves through. The curtains hang easily and freely making this style ideal for kids bedrooms as they are easy to open, close and maintain. When made with a more formal fabric eyelet curtains are a great option for a modern bedroom or lounge room as their no fuss design is very contemporary.
Tailored Pleat Curtains
Tailored pleat drapes are similar to a Pinch Pleat, but the pleat starts at the top of the fabric and falls from there. Some people also call this a Euro pleat. For some people the tailored pleat, is a less fussy more stylish pleat, but it is personal opinion. Tailored Pleat Curtains work best when made with a substantial fabric, lighter weight fabrics definitely will need lining to look good if being made into curtains with a tailored pleat.
Goblet Pleat Curtains
If you are looking for very formal curtaining to suit a grand room in a traditional home with very high ceilings, the goblet pleat curtain is perfect. The pleat at the top resembles a wine glass. To keep the goblet pleat looking full and rounded, they should be shaped with interlining or wadding.
Tab Top Curtains
Similar to eyelet curtains, tab top curtains have fabric loops on the top and can only be hung on a rod. An easy, informal style of curtain, tab tops are suitable for all weights of fabrics as they hang evenly and have a repetitive, folded appearance.
Sheer curtains bring a lightness to any window as their sheer fabric allows a little privacy while still filtering in light. Sheer curtains are often hung as secondary curtains or over blinds. This means the primary curtain or blind can be used to block out light and then pulled back to reveal the sheers which allow light in while still minimalising visibility into the room. Sheers often have a tab top design but can be custom made into other curtain styles, keeping in mind the delicateness and light weight properties of sheer fabric. Suitable for almost every room, sheers can be made more formal when the curtain top is encased in a pelmet, concealing the curtain rod and wall joinery.
Pelmets and Valances
Pelmets are a decorative framework used to conceal the curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing. Pelmets are flat and box like in shape however they can be shaped to add decorative detail. Often made from chipboard and covered in a decorative fabric, they are a fantastic decorators trick for concealing multiple curtains rods (used when you hang multiple layers of curtains like a sheer and block out curtain) in a modern and aesthetically pleasing way. Valances are made for the same principals but are much softer in appearance with a gathered or pleated heading.
Different curtains require different hanging needs. Curtains with rings, loops or tabs need to hung on a curtain rod while more formal curtains like the box pleat or cased heading curtains include curtain tape which runs along on a track. Whether you want to achieve a formal or informal look, the length of the curtains will make a big difference. Curtains that are longer than the window will pool on the ground, called "puddling". When done properly, this creates a formal and grand look. The trick is too make sure you are using a medium to easy weight fabric as if the fabric is too light weight it won't puddle nicely and can look messy and unfinished. For a more modern look, curtains can be hung so they drop down to just a few centimeters above the ground, creating a crisp and tidy appearance. You also need to consider how high above the windows the rod or track will sit. Hanging your curtains high above the window can make the windows look larger which is a great design trick.
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