Custom Sheer Curtains & Window Drapes

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF SHEER CURTAINS

Let there be light!

Never out of style, sheer curtains are truly timeless and can work in any decor setting – from a modern New York studio to a Texas farmhouse. A beautiful addition to any room, window sheers filter in soft light while maintaining privacy.

TIPS FROM SPIFFY SPOOLS STYLISTS TO MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR WINDOW SHEERS

Go wide with sheer curtains. Don’t be stingy on fabric as you need more panel width than regular fabric drapery to achieve the same rich and full look with sheers. We recommend a 3x fullness factor for sheer curtain panels.

For example, if your curtain pole is 36 inches wide, and you’re ordering non-pinch pleat panels from Spiffy Spools, we suggest two sheer curtain panels of 54 inches *each* (36*3 = 108 inches; 108/2 = 54 inches), and not two panels of 18 inches each. This will get you a luxurious fall/gather. If your drapery pole is 36 inches wide and you order curtain panels that are also 36 inches wide altogether, they will hang absolutely flat with no pleats or gather.

Clients working on a tight budget often order 2x fullness for sheers which also works well. More fullness also enhances privacy, which often is a consideration for nurseries and bedrooms.

Our pinch pleat panels in sheers fabric are stitched with 2.5-3x fullness by default to give you enhanced privacy and fullness.

Go tall with window sheers. Since the fabric allows light and shapes to filter through, consider a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor treatment with window sheers. This can create a stunning backdrop that truly anchors a room. So unless the wall space under a window is barred by a heating radiator or a piece of furniture, go for full length sheer curtains. Think floor grazers, kissers, sweepers or even ‘puddlers’ to make your space look luxe.

Also, avoid installing your drapery poles/tracks too close to the window frame as it makes the ceilings appear lower. Instead, mount them at least four to six inches above the window frame — or even as high as 12 inches – to create an illusion of a taller window.

Use white sheer curtains as room dividers. White sheer curtains (or any light color for that matter) make excellent room dividers to separate our spaces without losing a room’s flow or openness. Especially fitting for large open plan rooms and small condos/studios.

Layer your sheer drapes. Sheer curtains are a wonderfully versatile option to layer a window for visual interest and depth. Layering your window sheers also helps with insulation, helping you cut down on your energy bills. And who doesn’t love little privacy at home! That’s the wonder layering does for your window sheers. The most popular style of layering is to use sheer curtain panels in front of a roman shade or on the back of heavier drapery.  But you can of course go as classic or as adventurous as you like. For more ideas on layering, and factors to consider, visit our blog post on how to layer your curtains for perfection. (Link to: https://www.spiffyspools.com/spiffy-speak/how-layer-curtains/)

Let there be light. Christmas season around the corner? Or just looking for a festive backdrop for a dinner party? Here’s a quick window decorating hack for you. Hang fairy light strings behind your sheers in a color you love – and your windows are illuminated with softly filtering light!