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Curtains

Installation design – fabric type for purpose

Having decided on a curtain for that opening, there are now practical design issues for the curtain installation to be considered. Going back to basics will help sort out your thinking. Why are you having a treatment on that opening? Answers could range from…

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Double layer installations

Sometimes a single layer curtain will not meet all your needs in a particular room. A double track installation opens up more options. Double layer curtains involve sheer curtains in one of two ways. A single layer curtain is either open or closed. If daytime privacy is an issue, then a backdrop sheer fabric can be used on a rear track and a solid curtain, either blockout or translucent is used on a front track to provide night time privacy as well as sun protection if required.

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Traditional curtain headings

Curtain headings are a style question, and as such have been very much influenced by the recent fashion movements in interior decoration.

The traditional curtain headings of Pinch Pleat and Pencil Pleat tape have had to make room for the plainer, more tailored looks of Inverted Pleat and S-Fold (aka Ripplefold, Wavefold). And then we need to talk about the Tab Top and Eyelet headings of readymade curtains.

There are practical questions relating to these curtain heading choices that you need to take account of in your curtain design.

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Contemporary curtain headings

The other curtain heading in vogue we called S-Fold when we started doing it 10 years ago. As the name implies the heading and the whole curtain form even concertina type folds when closed, as well as when stacked back. To get those even folds down the full length of the curtain requires a generous fullness allowance however.

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Curtain linings – technical warning

And no curtain customer can ever know too much about lining fabrics (only kidding!). But you should know when you are getting the best quality in linings.

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Detachable, separate track or sewn-in linings?

Linings in Queensland, if they are not on a separate track behind sheers are mostly sewn with a tape heading with allows them to be attached to the same hooks that are used for the curtain to be lined. These are referred to as ‘detachable’ linings.

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Curtain track hardware – technical warning

The installation hardware for curtains can be a world of options in itself. Standard curtain hardware - curtain tracks, are designed to be covered by the curtain heading and only on show when the curtain is open or retracted. For not a lot of extra expense there are curtain rods in metallic or powdercoated colour or timber finishes designed to be a feature in themselves. The curtain hangs below the rod.

The very popular S Fold heading can only be installed this way, although it is frequently installed on a ceiling or bulkhead with a very slim profile unobtrusive type of track, or within a ceiling recess. Likewise the readymade tab top and eyelet headed curtains have to be installed on a rod. And this mention of readymades brings up a familiar theme for you by now in this website: as well as style options there are important practical considerations to make sure you are doing the right thing.

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Decorator rods & poles

The distinction to be aware of here is between decorator tracks and decorator rods/poles (in our terminology), the latter have rings which travel across the rod or pole with eyelets at the bottom of the ring for the curtain to hook into. The common chain store packaged wooden pole treatment is 35-38mm diameter with matching wooden rings and two styles of finials.

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‘Top treatments’

The alternatives to decorative tracks, as a finishing and framing option for the complete decorative window treatment are, in order of use today, pelmets, valances, swags.

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Trimmings

Trimmings, or ‘passementerie’ to give the upmarket name, consist of cords, fringing, braids and tiebacks of which there is an enormous variety including ribbons, beads and pom-poms. Andersons have a section of their decorator fabric library devoted to the various collections from these manufacturers.

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