Bedding

  Common Bed Sizes
  Sheet Sets
  Mattress Depths
  Mattress Pad Depths
  Comforters
  Down Comforters
  Blankets
  Duvets
  Pillows
  Daybeds
 

Bath

  Shower Curtains
  Bath Rugs
  Towels
  Toilet Seats Sizing
 

Curtains

  Getting Started
  Space and Room Function
  How to Measure
  Curtains and Draperies
  Pinch-Pleated Draperies
  Metric Conversion
 

 

Space & Room Function


Expand a narrow window by extending the rod and treatment
beyond the actual perimeter of the window. Using wider panels
on either side will make the window appear larger. To create the
illusion of a taller window, hang rods higher than the window
(near the ceiling). Reduce the appearance of a large or wide
room by using vertical blinds to create a focal point that provides
height. Square-up wide windows by using narrow, floor-length
curtains or drapes.

Diminish the height of a large room by selecting horizontal treatments
such as wood blinds, aluminum blinds, or cellular shades.


Function

How the room is used will help define the most appropriate
window treatment. Consider activities, level and type of usage,
and any other special circumstances that may help as you
select the best window treatment for your application.


Bath

Opt for simplicity that provides adequate privacy.
Try soft shades or blinds combined with a top treatment.
Certain drapery styles lend themselves to this space as well.
Depending on the location of the window relative to water
sources and/or humidity, you may need to consider a washable
material. Faux wood blinds are an excellent choice for the bathroom
as they are not sensitive to humidity.

 

Bedroom

Anything goes depending on your needs.
For room darkening consider blinds, blackout shades, or
lined draperies. A combination of blinds and a drapery treatment
will provide privacy while maintaining a softened look.

 

Kitchen

Blinds or shades are a good choice, as the room
won't be deprived of natural light. Consider whether you want
the window to blend in to the surroundings, or if you would like
it to be a focal point. Matching the wall / trim color or using a
neutral will cause the window to visually recede.

To draw attention to the window use color and pattern.
Fabrics and materials should be washable.

Office, study, and family room

An important factor to consider is how casual or formal you
would like this space to appear. Easygoing Roman shades and
woven woods provide a warm, cozy atmosphere. A combination
of wood blinds and a fabric treatment would be welcoming,
yet more formal. 

 Lighting, Location & Energy Efficiency

Is natural light your preference?
Or is there a need for reducing the amount of sunlight to prevent
fading and reduce energy costs. Observe how and when the
sun falls upon the windows. What direction does each window
face; north, south, east or west?

Southern or western exposure requires additional protection
from intense sunlight. Adjustable shutters or mini-blinds work
best for shielding the sun without blocking out natural light.
Roman shades are a good choice with their snug window-fitting
design and plush folds. Light-blocking shades and heavier weight,
lined draperies work well when your goal is to completely keep
out the sun.

Northern or eastern exposure call for treatments that retain
warmth and provide insulation. Try a layered treatment such as
cellular shades topped with fabric panels. The honeycomb shape
of cellular shades is naturally insulating, making them ideal for
windows and doors that require additional insulation. Even adding
a layer of sheers under draperies will increase insulation and help
keep out the cold. Metal-backed pleated shades and thermal-backed
draperies provide excellent insulation from the elements.

You'll want to select colors and patterns to reflect your personal
tastes and to compliment the room design.

Style and atmosphere help create a mood.

First, you must determine the style/look you're trying to achieve.

Casual - Consider wooden blinds, teamed with a treatment
that has clean lines, such as a straight panel in brushed cotton with
colors inspired by nature.

Traditional - Give rooms a classic look by using luxurious
fabrics in
swags and draperies.
Create a romantic feel by using
sheers or soft valances.

Country - Wood shutters or blinds introduce a natural element.
Tab top draperies or ruffled curtains are at home within this style.


Color, pattern, and texture can set the tone and feel of a room.
Light may be minimized or maximized, emotion is created, and
energy is instilled. Start with the examples below.

Pastels in a sheer fabric of yellow or pink for curtains will
maximize the warming effect of light. A large area will appear
more intimate by using a heavier fabric in darker shades of plum
or burgundy. Tones of blue and white promote tranquility and in
crisp cotton will take on a very clean appearance. Green is
commonly regarded as the single most welcoming color in
psychological terms, and can be used successfully in a wide
variety of fabrics and settings.

Fabrics and texture serve distinct purposes and have both
advantages and disadvantages depending upon their usage.

Fabrics commonly used in window treatments include:

Cotton - Woven fibers. This versatile fiber can be revered
as a soft voile or beefy Sailcloth; brushed for texture or spur
for softness. Pattern may be obtained by print or through weaving.
This is a very versatile choice with easy maintenance.

Linen - Linen suggests sophistication, and is a beautiful choice
for a more formal space. This fabric is most commonly found in solids,
or with a slight pattern woven in. It has a tendency to crease and
drape stiffly; consequently, linen is often blended with cotton to
enhance its softness.

Polyester / Rayon - Polyester blends well with other fibers. It is wrinkle-resistant, resilient and easy to clean. This fabric is very receptive to dye, and therefore is often available in a wide variety of colors and printed patterns.

Sheer Fabrics - This includes any soft, translucent fabric
(i.e., muslin, voile, lace). These fabrics vary in opacity and gently
diffuse light. Most often these fabrics are used as an accent
underneath a more substantial fabric , but they can stand alone to
create a look that is simple, but elegant.