& Window Treatments Guide
you are moving in and decorating or redecorating a room that you've lived in for
years, thinking about what to do with the windows is always fun.
you go with modern or classic window treatments, they will be the finishing touch
that completes the room. Making your own window treatments is one project that
you can be sure everyone will notice!
with a plan
actually get to work on the decorating, there are a few tasks to get out of the
way. You'll have to decide which of the choices in window treatments will work
best in your rooms and with your windows. Check out these articles that deal with
what to take into consideration,
To Get Started
decided on whether you're going to go with shades, blinds, swags or for over the
top elegance with floor length drapes and cornices, it's time to start measuring
Measurement and Design Tools
few of the stores that sell or manufacture window treatments, blinds, fabrics
or other components of the look you have in mind have made life a bit easier by
adding interactive tools to their sites. You can change treatments, wall colors,
types of windows and more to see if the effect you want will work once it's on
the window. This can save a lot of time in the early stages of your project so
pay them a visit to test out your designs.
Treatment Online Design Tools
made orders - Time to order
you've decided to go with custom made treatments, double check your measurements
or call in an in home consultant to make sure you are exactly on the money with
lengths, widths and heights. Custom orders are cut and made to your specifications.
If you give the wrong information, you are responsible for the results. You will
have to pay for blinds or shades or that don't cover your window correctly or
worse, that can't be raised and lowered.
you double check the measurements and make sure you have everything right before
you place the order,. That way you know that any mistakes will be the stores
responsibility. If you order over the phone, make sure to follow up with an email
or letter so you have your order in writing. Then, if there are any problems,
it's clear where they originated.
curtains or other fabric window treatments - Time to find a pattern
you are at a designer level with sewing projects, you will need a pattern to cut
your fabrics. Besides giving you exact directions for cutting the material, the
pattern will tell you how much material you need and what types of material work
best for the project. Most patterns will also have lists of other things, like
hardware, finishing touches and accessories that add to the professional look
of the finished window treatment. And, yes, there are good sources for finding
window treatment patterns online...
Patterns for Window Treatments
have one more design step before you get started. You've already chosen the color,
patterns and fabric type for your swags, drapes or curtains. Before you buy yards
or meters of expensive fabric, ask for swatches. Look at the colors in the room
where you'll hang the finished piece. Does the light in your room change the color?
Does it really go well with the rest of the room? Is the choice of fabric right?
Velvet drapes may look great on paper, but in a room with a country theme, you
may not like the total look.
your fabrics have passed the swatch test... it's time to order the fabric, open
the pattern and get busy sewing.
forums are a great resource
doesn't matter how inexperienced or expert you are. Big sewing projects sometime
lead to frustration - and window treatments are a big project. The good news is
that there are sewing forums online - groups of people who know the answers to
the problem you've run into and can get back to you with a quick solution. If
you hit a snag with the material, your sewing machine or the way the pattern pieces
are fitting together, just pop into a forum and find someone who will lead you
out of the mess and get you back on track.
you're all done, take a few pictures to share with your new forum friends. The
just sit back and enjoy the new look you've created. Don't be surprised when people
ask where you got the new window treatments professionally done!
It Yourself - Make Your Own Window Treatment Tips ...
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