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|Draperies and Curtains|
Whether your look is formal or
casual, contemporary or traditional, use draperies or curtains to
accentuate your decorating scheme.
Normally lined, pleated,
and floor-length, drapery panels often attach by hooks to a traverse
rod. A cord mechanism that hangs behind either the left or right
panel draws both of the panels open and closed.
the way a traverse rod works, drapery panels don't always retract as
compactly as curtain panels do, so if a window has minimal wall
space around it, you may want to consider curtains or another type
Before you purchase draperies, check their
stackback, the technical term for the width of a window treatment
when fully retracted. Very wide windows require more fabric,
resulting in a wider stackback. In this case you'll need to increase
the length of the traverse rod to keep the stacked fabric from
covering the window glass when the drapes are fully
Because draperies are typically pleated and more
tailored in appearance, they generally lend a more traditional look
to a decorating scheme. However, newer pleating styles can offer a
more updated and casual look for contemporary interiors. Look for
fan pleats attached to simple rods with clips and
Fabric selections can dress a drapery panel either up
or down. Velvet, damask, and silk generally require a more
traditional or formal room, while linen and cotton fabrics offer a
more casual look.
typically lightweight, unlined, and suspended from a rod by simple
tabs, rings, or a rod-pocket casing. Most can be drawn back by hand
to create a simple, casual-looking window treatment.
curtain panels are easy to make and install. They may cover the full
length of the window or reach from ceiling to floor. Lining the
panels and adding decorative accessories and top treatments can make
curtains look as elegant as any drapery panel.
cover only the lower portion of the window, allowing light and views
through the top half of the window.
Panels shirred on rods at
both the top and bottom are somewhat stationary and are good
solutions for swinging doors and for casement windows that swing