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Essential Nursery Curtain Ideas

Essential Nursery Curtain Ideas

Few things are more exciting than decorating your future newborn’s nursery. Since this will be your baby’s first room, you’re likely searching for ways to make it perfect. Use these essential nursery curtain ideas to help turn your vision into a reality!

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Girls Nursery

If you’re expecting a newborn girl, explore these curtain ideas for a baby girl’s nursery:

Yellow is In!

While pink is a classic color for a girl’s room, yellow is a more modern feminine color. Yellow curtains will instantly bring a cheery, happy feel to your daughter’s nursery. Hanging a gorgeous yellow window treatment is the perfect way to add a unique and fun pop of color to the space!

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Aramis

These watercolor-effect yellow curtains are an absolutely stunning option for a girl’s nursery. The abstract brushstroke pattern is whimsical, and the fabric features just enough shine to catch your eye. Our Aramis curtains are sure to impress!

Stunning Florals

Florals are another great curtain selection for your daughter’s nursery. Beautiful, winding tendrils never go out of style and provide a soft, dainty feel. For a look that’s timeless and effortless, choose floral curtains for your newborn’s room.

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Flic Flac

The lovely rose blossom print on our Flic Flac curtains will make your nursery feel like a peaceful garden. Each rosy sprig is carefully wrought with purple blooms and green foliage that beautifully contrast with the cream backdrop. Chic and serene, these curtains are sure to make a lasting statement.

Dressy Fabrics

Feminine fabrics such as silk and velvet are bold, but they offer a sophisticated look. Your daughter’s nursery will feel graceful and dreamy with the addition of curtains in either of these high-quality fabrics!

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Gypsy Plum

These plush curtains are the epitome of elegance. Their heavyweight design allows them to fall in gorgeous bundles, and the color is deep and rich. Packed with opulence, your nursery will look flawless with a Gypsy Plum window treatment.

Weston Tahiti Blue

The pale blue color of these Weston Tahiti Blue curtains is delicate and soft. Their shimmer and shine exudes a sweetness that will radiate throughout your daughter’s nursery.

Boys Nursery

If you’re expecting a newborn boy, explore these curtain ideas for a baby boy’s nursery:

Classic Stripes

Looking for a classic curtain style? If so, you can’t go wrong with stripes! This traditional, boyish pattern will work seamlessly in a boy’s nursery.

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Dril

Dril curtains are the perfect option for modernizing the classic stripe pattern. The design features sleek, vertical, multi-sized lines in various shades of blue and beige, offering a unique spin on a contemporary look.

Deep Blues

Rather than opting for a usual light blue color palette for a boy’s room, consider hanging curtains in deeper blue tones. Soothing and serene, curtains in these hues offer an unquestionably relaxed feel, which is perfect for helping your son drift to sleep!

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Mirror Mirror

These Mirror Mirror curtains are truly one-of-a-kind. Their splatter-paint pattern offers the playfulness a nursery calls for, while the unique blue color will make a striking statement. These curtains are the perfect balance of style and character.

Steely Grays

For a more modern look, steely gray curtains are the perfect choice. Don’t be afraid to make a selection that features a hint of shine, even though it’s a boy’s nursery. This will only add to their contemporary aesthetic!

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Frappe

The intricate, semi-shiny pattern paired with a cool grey hue makes for a modern, masculine design. Hang these curtains in your son’s nursery to make the space feel sleek and refreshed!

Gender-Neutral Nursery

If you’re waiting to learn your newborn’s gender, explore these gender-neutral ideas for a nursery:

Geometric Prints

To create a cute pair of curtains that are slightly abstract, consider a geometric print. You can choose a pattern that’s as funky or mild as you’d like, and the color possibilities are endless. Geometric print curtains can provide the character your nursery needs!

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Dizayn

The contrasting black and white colors of our Dizayn curtains make for a striking window treatment for your kid’s nursery. The embroidered, point-to-point, diamond-in-diamond motif spans the fabric and demands the attention of anyone who walks into the room.

Themed Prints

Curtains with themed prints can be adorable, making them perfect for your child’s nursery! Whether you’d like to feature cute animals, nautical elements, or something else, curtains can really pull your nursery theme together.

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All Aboard

Our All Aboard curtains exude a joyful vibe with their playful airplane pattern in green and yellow. Small loops trail each colored plane in a light blue, which are further illuminated by the semi-sheer fabric. Hang these in your nursery to enjoy the playful, bright, and cheery look!

Blackout Curtains for Any Nursery

Whether you know the gender of your baby or not, blackout curtains are ideal for any nursery. They offer several exceptional benefits, including the following:

  • Regulate room temperature. Since blackout fabric blocks the sun’s rays, it also blocks the sun’s heat. This will help keep your nursery extra cool and fresh in the summer.
  • Reduce external noise. Blackout fabric muffles external noise, ensuring no loud traffic or other disturbances wake your kiddos while they rest.
  • Provide additional privacy. Blackout material is completely opaque, which allows for maximum privacy.
  • Improve sleep quality. The darkness, reduction of noise, temperature control, and privacy that blacFkout curtains provide contribute to a higher quality of sleep, which is important as your child develops.

You won’t regret hanging blackout curtains in your nursery!

Order Custom Curtains from Spiffy Spools

We hope you try some of these essential nursery curtain ideas! If you’re ready to start shopping, order custom curtains from Spiffy Spools today. With over 1,000 fabrics, we make it easy to design curtains that fit your exact specifications and style. Explore our site to find the perfect options for your child’s bedroom, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

How to Hang Heavy Curtains

How to Hang Heavy Curtains

If you have heavy curtains, you’ve likely hung them up only to have them fall just a few days later. It can feel like an uphill battle getting your curtains to stay in place, but with a few simple tips, you can eliminate this problem once and for all. Learn how to hang heavy curtains the right way, below.

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Common Types of Heavy Curtains 

Bay Teal Velvet Curtains

Conga Extra-Wide Curtains

Common types of heavy curtains that usually require extra hanging support include:

If you own any of the above types of curtains, be sure to take the following steps to hang them:

Select the Correct Curtain Rod

Selecting the right curtain rod is key to ensuring your curtains remain securely in place. Here are a few tips for choosing your rod:

  • A tension rod will not be the right option for heavy curtains. Tension rods are not designed to support excessive weight. They also lose their traction quickly and can fall easily, even without additional strain.
  • Opt for a traditional curtain rod that can be drilled directly into the wall or supported by brackets that are drilled into the wall. Drilling your curtain rod or brackets is the best way to ensure your rod will never fall. For even more security, drill directly into the studs of your wall.
  • Make sure that the curtain rod is strong enough to support your curtains. To do this, divide the weight of your curtains by the length of the rod you need. This number will tell you how many pounds the rod must hold per foot.

Increase Curtain Rod Width

When you increase the width of your curtain rod, you can better disperse the weight of your heavy curtains so that the rod doesn’t sag. Plus, with heavier or thicker curtains, having this extra width will help you move your curtains to the open and closed position with more ease.

How to Fix a Sagging Curtain Rod

If you hang heavy curtains and find that your rod is still sagging in the center, there are two methods to fix it:

  • Install a center bracket. Drill a third bracket underneath the center of your curtain rod to provide more support.
  • Buy a stronger curtain rod. Another solution is to search for a stronger and thicker curtain rod that’s designed to hold more weight than your current rod.

Choose a Sturdy Heading Style

Another point to take into consideration is the heading style of your heavy curtains. Some heading styles are more durable than others, particularly those that use rings or clips. Some stronger heading styles include:

  • Grommet tops
  • Pinch pleats
  • Inverted box pleats
  • Pencil pleats

Other heading styles that hang by the fabric itself, such as rod pocket styles, tab tops, and tie tops, can put a strain on the fabric, making it sag rather than remaining taut.

For more information, our Heading Styles Guide can help you choose the best header for your curtains.

A Two Person Job

When it’s time to hang heavy curtains, you may find that it’s quite difficult to do so on your own. Your curtains may be too heavy for you to hold up to the rod. Even if you can hold them up, your arms may begin to tire quicker than you think, and only having a few rings hung can compromise the integrity of your curtain rod.

That said, we strongly recommend seeking assistance from at least one other person when hanging your heavy curtains. This will save you a lot of time, effort, and energy! To hang your curtains with a partner, take the following steps:

  • Pull up two chairs underneath your window, one for each of you to stand on, if you need them.
  • Have your partner start hanging one end of the curtains while you hang the other end.
  • Continue hanging until you meet in the middle.
  • Enjoy your heavy curtains that should remain securely in place!

Order Custom Curtains from Spiffy Spools

Now that you know how to hang heavy curtains, consider upgrading your window treatment with custom curtains from Spiffy Spools! We make it easy to create personalized window treatments that flawlessly match your style and specifications. Explore our site to find the perfect option for your space, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

5 Patio Door Curtain Ideas

5 Patio Door Curtain Ideas

Adding or upgrading your curtains is a great way to bring life, color, and character to any space. Explore these five patio door curtain ideas to spruce up this lovely home feature! These suggestions will provide you with both functional and stylish tips for creating the perfect doorway treatment.

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Is Privacy a Concern?

The first question you should ask yourself is if you need additional privacy for your patio door:

  • If privacy is a concern, such as if your patio door is made of glass, avoid using standalone sheer or linen These are mostly transparent, so they won’t provide you with any additional protection. Instead, stick with opaque fabrics such as cotton, silk, and velvet.
  • If privacy is a concern but you like sheer or linen fabric, simply layer opaque curtains over your transparent curtains. This way, you can enjoy the style you love while protecting yourself from the exterior.
  • If privacy is not a concern, feel free to use any fabric option you’d like!

Sheer Senorita Curtains

Yamini Karoi Cotton Curtains

Weston Race Car Red Silk Curtains 

How Frequently Do You Use the Door?

How often you use your patio door can help you decide on the best way to hang and size your curtains:

  • If your patio door is frequently used and privacy is not a concern, consider hanging stationary curtain panels on either side of the door. Stationary panels will beautifully frame your doorway and never stand in your way as you enter and exit.
  • If your patio door is frequently used and privacy is a concern, we suggest hanging standard curtains. You might also reduce the width of your curtains so that there is less fabric to handle each time you use the door.
  • If your patio door is occasionally used, hang standard curtains and increase their fullness factor x2 to enjoy the look of bold, dramatic pleats.

Extend Your Curtain Rod or Track

If you aren’t using stationary curtains, it’s a smart idea to extend your curtain rod or track by 12-24 inches on either side of the doorframe, depending on the fullness factor you select. This added width will allow you to stack your drapery completely away from your patio door when it’s opened completely. Having this extra space improves your curtain’s visual appeal and ease of use.

Use Curtain Tie Backs

 

Snazz

Pizzazz

Razzmatazz

 Curtain tie backs are gorgeous accessories that keep your curtains held away from your patio door when it’s in use. To install them, a small hook is discretely mounted outside of the doorframe. The curtain tie back attaches to the hook to sweep the curtain fabric to the side. When you want to close your curtains, simply unhook the tie back and adjust your curtains to your liking. You can even design your tie backs in any color, fabric, or pattern to match or complement your curtains!

Identify the Style of Door

The above recommendations apply to most variations of patio doors. However, in addition to these tips, different styles of doors have unique design considerations:

Doors with Sidelight Windows

If your patio door has sidelight windows, use the following tips:

  • Hang narrow curtains over the windows to match the small panes. Shop Now.
  • Inside-mount your narrow curtains within the window frame to create lines that are clean and crisp.
  • Consider café curtains that hang across the center of the pane and are half the length of the window. These will provide you with a little extra privacy while still allowing you to enjoy the natural light your windows bring in. Shop Now.

Sliding Glass Door

If your patio door is a sliding glass door, use the following tips:

  • A one-way sliding glass door will require you to hang a one-way draw, single-panel curtain that covers the entirety of the door. When the curtain is pulled back, the side that the door opens to will be completely clear.
  • A two-way sliding glass door will require you to hang a pair of curtains. These will nicely frame the doorframe and provide a symmetrically-balanced look.

French Doors

If your patio door is a French door, use the following tips:

  • Layer roman shades under your curtains to achieve maximum privacy. Roman shades match the shape of the glass pane when closed and stack neatly at the top of the doorframe when open. These will provide you with the ultimate blend of style and privacy. Shop Now.
  • Hang a pair of curtains rather than a single panel to match the symmetry of your double French doors.

Order Custom Curtains from Spiffy Spools

We hope these five patio door curtain ideas have helped you find the perfect inspiration for your home. If you’re ready to shop for a selection that looks gorgeous on your patio door, order custom curtains from Spiffy Spools today. We make it easy to create custom curtains that fit your exact specifications and design style. Explore our site to find stunning options, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

How to Keep Your Curtain Rod from Sliding

How to Keep Your Curtain Rod from Sliding

There’s nothing more frustrating than having your curtain rod slide as you open and close your window treatment. Luckily, there are a few easy fixes for this issue! Explore this guide on how to keep your curtain rod from sliding to find the right solution for your needs.

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What Kind of Curtain Rod do you Own?

There are different ways to prevent different types of curtain rods from sliding. Here are some tips for the two main types of rods that slide:

Tension Rod

Consider making the following adjustments to prevent your tension rod from sliding down:

  • Examine the window frame. The condition of your window frame may be contributing to your tension rod not having a solid grip, causing it to slide. Any debris, moisture, or cracks can affect the rod’s hold. Make sure to clean or fix any issues with your window frame.
  • Adjust your curtain heading. Some curtain headings don’t glide across curtain rods as easily as others. Any additional strain on a tension rod can easily cause it to slide or fall. When using curtains that you will open and close often, avoid heading options such as tie tops, tab tops, and rod pockets. Instead, opt for grommet tops and headings that can be hung by rings for gentle opening and closing.
  • Upgrade the rod. The reality is, tension rods are generally prone to sliding and falling. They can lose their tension after just a few months of use, making them less than ideal for frequently-used windows. If it works for your window, it may be better to upgrade to a rod that requires brackets.

Rod Supported by Brackets

Consider making the following adjustments to prevent your rod supported by brackets from sliding down:

  • Increase the length. Purchase a new rod that extends approximately three-inches outside of both brackets. Hang your final curtain ring or tab outside of each bracket on the additional portion of the rod. When you pull your curtains, they will “catch” on the bracket to prevent the rod from sliding.
  • Use a center bracket. Rods that are not properly supported or have their weight improperly dispersed can also cause sliding. If you notice that your curtain rod sags in the center, install a center bracket to hold it up. This will evenly distribute the weight of curtains on the rod, helping it to remain in place when opening and closing your curtains.
  • Change or tighten your brackets. Some brackets come with screws that are designed to hold your curtain rod in place. This feature is often overlooked during their initial installation! Look to see if your current brackets have this screw, and if they do, tighten it to secure your rod. If they don’t have the screws, consider purchasing new brackets that do.

More Tips to Prevent Curtain Rod Sliding

The following tips can be applied to both styles of rods noted above to stop them from sliding:

Assess the Weight of the Curtain Rod

When your curtain rod is significantly lighter than your curtain fabric, it’s a recipe for sliding. Heavy curtains can more easily pull a light curtain rod when you open and close them. Make sure that your curtain rod is durable and properly weighted compared to your curtains. If you make this switch, also ensure that your brackets can support the weight of your new rod.

Adjust Your Fabric

Cayoosh Organized Sheer Curtains

Texted Viola Linen Curtains

Alternatively, you can change your curtain fabric to a lighter option instead of opting for a heavier rod. Explore the various weights of different fabrics:

Try This DIY Hack

This DIY hack is another great way to secure your curtain rod.

If you have a tension rod, take the following steps:

  • Purchase two double-sided command strips to get started.
  • Place the command strips on either side of the window frame where your tension rod will hang.
  • Hang the tension rod, ensuring that each end is flush with the command strip.
  • Enjoy your tension rod that will no longer slide or fall!

If you have a rod supported by brackets, take the following steps:

  • Purchase two double-sided command strips to get started.
  • Place the command strips within the curve of each bracket.
  • Hang your curtain rod, ensuring that it is centered correctly across the brackets.
  • Enjoy your curtain that will no longer slide!

Order Custom Curtains from Spiffy Spools

Now that you know how to keep your curtain rod from sliding, consider upgrading your window treatment with custom curtains from Spiffy Spools! We make it easy to create personalized window treatments that flawlessly match your style and specifications. Explore our site to find the perfect option for your space, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Top Home Décor Ideas 2021

Top Home Décor Ideas 2021

Are you looking to modernize your home? Give your interior an upgrade with these top home décor ideas of 2021! A few simple additions can go a long way towards transforming your space!

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Curtain Craze

Cloud White Sheer Curtains

Yamini Mozambique Cotton Curtains

Curtains are an integral part of home décor in 2021! The goal this year is to use curtains to evoke a certain mood in the room. So what’s in for 2021 curtains?

  • Sheer Curtains. Sheer curtains are known for their relaxed and breezy look. They filter natural sunlight to create a gorgeous glow throughout the space, making it feel larger and brighter. The serene, organic atmosphere that sheer curtains evoke is a necessity in 2021!
  • Bold Solids. Conversely, solid curtains in bold colors are also “in” this year. Their simplicity speaks to modern design, while a bold color choice gives you the freedom to express yourself for a fun and striking look. Cotton curtains are a great choice for achieving this aesthetic, because they hold color beautifully.

View our blog, Top Window Treatment Trends 2021 for even more inspiration!

Refined Roman Shades

With the challenges of 2020 in the rearview mirror, the focus of 2021 is ease. Anything that makes life simple is welcomed with open arms, even when it comes to home décor trends. That’s why roman shades are the ultimate window treatment this year. They feature a singular piece of fabric that precisely covers the windowpane, and they stack neatly open and closed for ease of use.

While there are several styles of roman shades, Flat Fold Roman Shades with Back Slats are the best choice this year due to their minimalistic design. Horizontal slats are stitched into the back lining, so no seams are visible in the fabric. They offer both a no-fuss look and easy method of opening and closing to match the simple theme of the year.

Thoughtful Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a cute way to bring additional, supporting colors into your space. One of the best ideas for your throw pillows is to layer a solid-colored pillow with a bold-patterned pillow. Or, you might consider layering pillows of two different textures. This contrast is what brings character and charm to the room!

To take this idea a step further, make sure that the pillows don’t match in color. Instead, they should be different colors that align with the color palette featured in your interior. This will make each individual color pop, while ensuring that your home design is cohesive.

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Bold Bed Runners

Bed runners are an easy solution for creating a whole new feel in your bedroom! Whether you’re aiming for an elegant look or a striking statement, bed runners can make that happen, if designed properly.

For instance, if you have a solid bedspread in a neutral tone, this is the perfect opportunity to go bold in terms of color and pattern on your bed runner. A vibrant bed runner will bring a daring feel to the space! Or, for a more regal aesthetic, create a bed runner that matches the hue of your bedspread but features an intricate pattern. This will elevate your bed from simple to stunningly chic.

As you update your bedding, keep in mind that this is another area to include complementary throw pillows for additional character!

Tasteful Table Covers & Runners

There’s no better way to bring refinement to your kitchen or dining room than with a table cover or runner. These accessories are often overlooked when it comes to home décor, but in 2021, they’re growing into a popular, up-and-coming trend.

The subtlety of table covers and runners is what makes them perfect for nailing a new-age, contemporary look. We recommend sticking to more toned-down colors when it comes to these accessories. They’re simply meant to accent and bring attention to the beauty of the table itself, making it the centerpiece of the room. You don’t want your table cover or runner to overpower the table. Rather, it should be just noticeable enough to draw your eye.

Vibrant Valances & Swags

Valances are making a huge comeback in 2021. These decorative pieces offer a unique look that strays away from traditional window treatments. That’s because they only cover the fourth top of the pane, softening incoming sunlight to create a lovely ambiance. Not only do they add a wonderful punch of color, but when you hang curtains with a valance, you’ll get the perfect blend of style and function. The curtains will provide you with privacy, while the valance offers extra style. Plus, the valance can even be used to conceal your curtain hardware! Hanging a valance is a great way to enhance your windows in 2021!

Order Custom Home Décor from Spiffy Spools

These are the top home décor ideas of 2021! If you’re ready to shop, order custom home décor from Spiffy Spools today. We make it easy to create custom curtains and accessories that match your style flawlessly. Explore our site to find the trendiest décor of the year, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!

How to Hem Curtains

How to Hem Curtains

If you love your current window treatment but it features excess fabric, consider learning how to hem curtains! This is an easy fix that will significantly improve their look. However, if your window treatment is too short or you’re searching for a new design, order custom curtains from Spiffy Spools online in any size. We make it easy to create professionally-hemmed curtains that fit your exact measurements and style!

Benefits of Hemming Your Curtains

There are several benefits to hemming your curtains, including the following:

  • Perfectly match your window size. Standard curtain sizes don’t work on all windows. Hemming your curtains allows you to create a sleek, tailored look that fits the exact dimensions of your window.
  • Maintains the integrity of the fabric. Having a crisp hem prevents your curtains from fraying, ensuring that they last for years to come.
  • Reduce tripping hazards. Unruly curtains that droop haphazardly on the floor present a serious tripping hazard. Hemming your curtains tightens them up and eliminates this issue.

Review Length Options

Before you start hemming, consider how you would like your curtains to hang. There are a few length options for you to choose from:

  • Café length curtains. Café curtains are half the length of your window. They’re usually hung across the center of the pane.
  • Curtains to the windowsill. This length of curtain just brushes the top of the windowsill.
  • Floor-length curtains. Floor-length curtains gently graze the ground.
  • Puddled curtains. Puddled curtains feature extra fabric that pools on the floor. It’s still beneficial to hem this style of curtain to prevent fraying on the ends.

Two DIY Methods for Hemming Curtains

Now that you’ve chosen the proper length for your curtains, it’s time to start hemming! You can hem your curtains using either a sewing method or no-sew method:

Sewing Method

Take the following steps to hem your curtains using a sewing method:

  • Hang your curtains and adjust them so there are no creases in the fabric. This will reveal how much excess fabric you’re working with.
  • Pin the excess fabric to the length where you would like your curtains to hang.
  • Determine hem width. Shorter curtains, such as café length curtains and curtains to the sill, should have a hem that’s approximately two inches in width. Floor-length and puddled curtains should have a hem that’s approximately three to four inches in width.
  • Create a double-folded hem. Fold the pinned fabric in two, even sections underneath itself. Then, pin to secure it.
  • Iron the double fold firmly into place.
  • Fold the fabric at the original pin line to create the hem. Pin into place.
  • Iron the final hemline to ensure a secure hold.
  • Remove all pins from the fabric.
  • Use a sewing machine or sew the hem by hand into the back of the fabric.

No-Sew Method

Take the following steps to hem your curtains using a no-sew method:

  • Wash your curtains before you begin. This no-sew method requires fusible hemming tape that melts when heated to create a glue-like bond. Any debris on the fabric could prevent the tape from created a strong hold. View our blog, How to Wash Curtains & Drapes, if you need assistance.
  • Hang your curtains and adjust them so there are no creases in the fabric. This will reveal how much excess fabric you’re working with.
  • Pin the excess fabric to the length where you would like your curtains to hang.
  • Determine hem width. Shorter curtains, such as café length curtains and curtains to the sill, should have a hem that’s approximately two inches in width. Floor-length and puddled curtains should have a hem that’s approximately three to four inches in width.
  • Create a double-folded hem. Fold the pinned fabric in two, even sections underneath itself. Then, pin to secure it.
  • Iron the double fold firmly into place.
  • Place a strip of fusible hemming tape just above the original pin line.
  • Fold the fabric at the original pin line to create the hem. Pin into place on top of the fusible hemming tape.
  • Iron the final hemline to melt the tape underneath the fabric. This will create a secure hold.
  • Remove all pins from the fabric.

Which Method Should You Use?

Both methods work wonderfully for hemming, but there are a few factors that can help you determine which you should use:

  • If you can’t sew, it makes sense to use the no-sew method.
  • If your curtains are sheer or linen, you need to use the sewing method. This is because the fusible hemming glue will be visible through the fabric when melted.
  • If you can’t sew and your curtains are sheer or linen, it’s best to get your curtains professionally hemmed rather than trying a DIY method.

Order Custom Curtains from Spiffy Spools

Knowing how to hem curtains is a wonderful skill to have in your back pocket. However, at Spiffy Spools, we make it easy to create custom curtains that fit your exact measurements with no need for DIY hemming. When you order from us, you’ll receive high-quality, professionally-hemmed curtains that you won’t have to alter. Explore our site to find over 1,000 fabrics and patterns that will add plenty of character to your home, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have along the way!

Wide Window Curtain Ideas & Tips

Wide Window Curtain Ideas & Tips

Wide windows are a lovely home feature, bringing in plenty of natural light and often serving as the focal point of the room. But when it comes to dressing them in a window treatment, their size can make this task somewhat challenging. Use these wide window curtain ideas and tips to help you design the best window treatment for your home.

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Decorative Curtains

Decorative curtain options are great for adding character to your wide windows while still allowing in ample natural light. Here are two popular decorative curtain ideas for wide windows:

Double Panels

Hanging standard curtain panels on either side of your wide window offers a sleek, minimalistic look. We recommend hanging your panels on two small curtains rods that are centered over the top corners of the window. Since the curtains gently frame the window, they’ll bring ample sunlight into your space. To brighten the room even further, curtain fabrics such as linen and sheer beautifully filter natural light to create an airy, relaxing feel.

Keep in mind that if you hang your curtains this way, they aren’t designed to be opened and closed. Standard curtain panels are likely not wide enough to cover the entirety of your window. Rather, hanging standard double curtain panels creates a gorgeous, decorative look.

Steel Linen Curtains

Heirloom Gold Sheer Curtains

Curtain Draping

Curtain draping is another way to decoratively hang curtains. This is an especially fabulous technique to use on wide windows! With this method, you’ll need to purchase a single curtain panel that’s long enough to hang on either side of your window and span across the top of the frame. You’ll also need a curtain rod that’s the same width as your window. Depending on the strength of the curtain rod you choose and the width of your window, you may need a center bracket to support the rod.

From here, there are several ways to drape your curtain panel over the rod. The easiest way is to create a “u” with the fabric, which you can do by resting the curtain panel on either side of the outside-mounted curtain rod and allowing the middle of the fabric to droop at the center. The curtain panel should fall in a loose “u” under the rod, and the remaining fabric will hang on either side of the window.

For more ways to drape your curtains, view our blog, Curtain Draping Techniques & Ideas.

Functional Curtains

If you’re looking for curtains that add privacy to your wide windows, consider the following styling options:

Over-Sized Single Panel

A single, over-sized curtain panel can make a lasting statement while providing you with additional privacy, depending on the fabric you choose. The panel should cover the entirety of your wide window. Cotton, velvet, and silk are thicker fabrics that will protect your home from prying eyes. Note that cotton is a more casual option, while velvet and silk are formal fabrics.

Sheer and linen also look gorgeous as an oversized panel, because they make the room look larger and brighter. However, they will not provide you with as much privacy as other fabric options.

For easy opening and closing, we suggest hanging your curtain panel on a curtain track. This hanging method allows you to effortlessly glide the curtains to the position you desire and provides a modern look. If you prefer a more traditional look, you may want to hang your curtain panel with a curtain rod. Remember that you may need to include a center bracket to support the rod so it’s able to span the width of the window.

Longmeadow Cotton Curtains

Dusty Violet Velvet Curtains

Hampton Surf Silk Curtains

Hang Several Curtain Panels

Another great styling option is hanging three or more narrow curtain panels across the width of your wide window. Your panels should hang, at minimum, a foot away from each other so as not to overcrowd the window. The panels should be close enough together for you to fully open and close to maintain your privacy.

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How to Hang Sheer Curtains

How to Hang Sheer Curtains

There are few ways to instantly elevate a space like adding sheer curtains. Sheer fabric brightens any room and exudes an airy, relaxed feel. Here, we’ll show you how to hang sheer curtains to perfection. You’ll be amazed at how they transform your space!

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Select the Right Length

The length of your sheer curtains affects the statement you’d like them to make:

  • Sheer curtains that just touch the windowsill will look more casual and tailored.
  • Sheer curtains that just touch the floor will look elegant and breezy.
  • Sheer curtains that puddle on the floor will look slightly more formal and opulent.

In essence, the longer and looser the fabric, the more flowy and dreamy your curtains will appear.

Choosing Your Curtain Rod

The color of your curtain rod can also affect the look of your sheer curtains:

  • A black curtain rod will contrast with your sheer curtains. This will create a more modern, industrial aesthetic. If you already have black accents throughout your space, a black curtain rod will match nicely.
  • A white curtain rod will blend in with most walls, crown molding, and sheer curtains, making it less noticeable. If you’re trying to really highlight your sheer curtains, a white rod is the best option.
  • A metallic rod will be much flashier than a black or white rod. Only use a metallic rod if you have other metallic accents throughout the room that you can match it to.

Consider Heading Style

With your curtain rod picked out, you can then choose the heading style you want your sheer curtains to feature.

Heading styles that reveal more of the curtain rod are a great choice if you selected a black or metallic rod, because they emphasize the contrast in color. These heading styles include:

  • Grommet tops
  • Inverted box pleats
  • Tab tops
  • Tie tops

Since white curtain rods already blend in seamlessly with sheer curtains and most walls, you can really select any heading style you’d like. However, if you want to ensure the rod is completely concealed when the curtains are closed, use the following heading styles:

  • Rod pockets
  • Back tab tops
  • Pinch pleats
  • Pencil pleats

For more information on heading styles, view our Curtain Headings Style Guide

Layer Your Curtains

One downfall to sheer curtains is that they don’t provide much privacy. Luckily, there’s an easy way to fix this! When you layer your curtains, you can enjoy your sheer’s light-filtering effects while also maintaining your privacy.

To layer your curtains, you’ll need to purchase a double curtain rod to hold your two selections. Hang your sheer curtains on the back portion of the rod and your other curtain selection on the front portion. Make sure the top curtain layer features an opaque fabric such as cotton, velvet, or silk for best privacy.

We also suggest purchasing curtain tie backs. These stylish additions will hold your top curtain layer away from the window so you can fully enjoy your sheer selection when you want to. Then, when you’re ready to close your top layer for added privacy, simply unlatch the curtain tie backs and pull your curtains shut. These accessories are extremely helpful for maneuvering layered curtains!

Sheer Curtains Come in Many Colors & Patterns!

Cyprus Sheer Curtains

French Bustle Sheer Curtains

Chance of Showers Sheer Curtains

Sheer curtains don’t necessarily have to be white—although white does make a timeless statement! Sheers come in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can match them to your current décor any way you’d like. Whether you want sheer curtains featuring delicate tendrils or a soft pink color for a girl’s room, the options are endless.

Sheer Curtains Aren’t Just for Windows

Sheers look stunning on windows, but the lightweight, elegant design of sheer fabric makes it versatile enough to work in a variety of other contexts:

  • Canopy beds. Hanging sheer fabric over your canopy bed will create a dreamy, luxurious atmosphere that you’ll love as you lay down to rest.
  • Event venues. Hanging sheer curtains from the ceiling or wall of venue, such as a wedding reception, brings opulence and refinement to the space.
  • Porch. Make your porch feel like a relaxing, tranquil getaway with the addition of sheer curtains!

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Curtain Draping Techniques & Ideas

Curtain Draping Techniques & Ideas

Are you looking for a unique and interesting window treatment? Draping your curtains is a gorgeous way to add plenty of character to your windows. Draping is easy to do, and there are several styles for you to choose from. If you don’t know where to start, view these curtain draping techniques and ideas for inspiration!

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Basics of Curtain Draping

Draped curtains look and act much different than curtain panels that simply hang from a rod. While traditionally hung curtains can be opened and closed, draped curtains are stationary. This is because a single fabric panel is decoratively wrapped around the curtain rod to create a flowy, refined look. The fabric falls along both sides of the window and beneath the curtain rod.

Selecting Your Fabric

The fabric you choose for your draped curtains should match the design of your space:

  • For formal designs, heavier fabrics such as velvet or silk in darker tones will match the opulence of the room.
  • For casual designs, mid-to light-weight fabrics like sheers, linens, and cottons will keep the space feeling airy and relaxed.
  • For modern designs, textured neutrals such as linen or cotton will pair nicely with the sleek look of the space.
  • For traditional designs, cotton fabric in floral patterns or neutral tones has a conservative feel.
  • For rustic designs, curtains in fabric options such as linen, cotton, or burlap in a gingham or plaid print will match the homey feel of your room.

Don’t Skimp on Fabric

Curtain draping is all about creating a loose, flowy look with the fabric. To do this, you need extra fabric that can hang with some slack beneath the curtain rod. Extend the length of your curtain panel to ensure there’s plenty of fabric to frame both sides of the window while wrapped around the rod. The fabric should never look taut.

Curtain Draping Techniques

These are some of the most stylish curtain draping techniques to use for your new window treatment:

Single “U”

The single “u” style is perhaps the simplest curtain draping technique. The curtain panel rests on both sides of an outside-mounted curtain rod so that the fabric falls in a loose “u” under the rod. The remaining fabric will frame each side of the window for a minimalistic, refined look. Note that the gap between the rod and the lowest point of the u-shaped fabric should be about six inches.

Double “U”

The double “u” style is a variation of the single “u.” As the name suggests, two “u’s” will fall below the outside-mounted rod rather than one. To achieve the look, the curtain panel should rest on the left side of the rod, be wrapped around the center of the rod, and rest on the right side of the rod to create the two “u’s.”

Repeating Loops

If you have a long, outside-mounted curtain rod over your window, draped curtains in several repeating loops will look gorgeous. You should only choose this technique if your rod is long enough to wrap the curtain panel around it at least five times. Each loop should only hang about three inches lower than the rod. So, if your rod is long enough, wrap your curtain panel around it as many times as you’d like without making the fabric too taut. This curtain draping technique can make for a truly eye-catching statement!

Add a Roman Shade for Privacy

One downfall of curtain draping is that it doesn’t provide you with much privacy. So, if you love the look of draped curtains but want to shield the interior of your home from prying eyes, consider layering them over a roman shade.

Roman shades consist of a singular piece of fabric that matches the exact dimensions of your window. When open, they rest neatly at the top of the window frame, so they’ll mostly be concealed by your draped curtains. When closed, they cover the entirety of the window to ensure maximum privacy. To enjoy the aesthetic appeal of curtain draping while protecting your home, roman shades are a great option.

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Now that you know these curtain draping techniques and ideas, if you’re ready to start shopping, order custom curtains or roman shades from Spiffy Spools today. With over 1,000 fabrics, we make it easy to design window treatments that fit your exact specifications and style. Explore our site to find the perfect options for your home, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.