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Mounting the roman shades

Mounting the roman shades

One of the big questions when specifying Roman shades for a room is whether to mount them inside or outside the window frames. Sometimes there is not enough space within a window frame to hold a shade, which makes the decision easy. Otherwise, here are some tips to help to make the decision:

  • Mount the shades outside If the frames are not attractive
  • If you wish to add a sense of height to the space – you may put the roller of the shade higher than the window frame
  • If the frames are beautiful and the architecture classic, with decorative moldings – inside-mount is the best choice
  • Inside-mounted is a perfect choice when you have a deep window sill, giving a resting space for the plants, books or matching pillow shams

Tape Top Curtains

Tape Top Curtains

What questions to ask yourselves before purchasing the tape top curtains?

You normally would need a curtain with a tape, if: 

  • You have the ceiling track with gliders
  • You have a rod but wish the curtains to move as easy as possible, using the rod rings

The tapes allow to make the look of the heading different: from the classic pencil pleat to modern dutch pleated and a lot of others.

Here are some questions you shall definitely check before ordering your curtain:

  • Do I want to cover the rod (track) ?
  • And if the answer is Yes – this is important to tell to your seamstress about that. We normally sew the tape a bit lower in case we see that there is such a request from your side.
  • What fullness of the curtain I need?
  • Each type of the tape has its own fullness, for example S-fold comes usually with X1.5 times fullness, pinch pleat – with X2 times fullness. Though other options are available – please message us with your custom request.
  • Do I need a double track/rod (two track set)? 

If you wish more dramatic look, and would like to create layering effect, then double rod will allow you to hang sheer curtain first and then a regular curtain on top to block out light.

Basic guide to your curtains Part 2

Will my curtains be seen through?

When choosing the curtains – ask yourself these questions:

# 1 Do I need privacy from the neighbors?

If the answer is Yes, then we recommend staying with cotton lined or blackout lined curtains.

# 2 Would I still like to see what is behind the curtains in my garden/yard etc.?

If the answer is Yes, we recommend choosing sheers.

# 3 Do I need to darken the room from the streetlights at night or from the daylight during the day?

Sheer curtains

Sheer curtains have the density of 85 gsm and this is the most seen through linen we have. Available in white, off-white, natural and blue colors. They are often combined with more heavy weight panels that are drawn at night. Double rod will allow to hand both sheer panels and heavy weight panels.

Cotton lined panels

We usually recommend cotton lining to increase privacy of the curtains. The linen is sheer and at night with the lights inside the room the shapes will be seen. Unless the curtains are additionally lined. The cotton we use for lining is 100% cotton of a white color.

Blackout curtains

If you answered Yes for the Question #3 – then blackout lining for the curtains will be better option.

The blackout we use makes 80-90% of the room darkening.

If room darkening is top priority for you – try to avoid white (and off-white) color for the curtains. The reason is that white blackout used with these curtains has the least room darkening among all available blackout colors.

Tips: to increase room darkening – choose rod pocket or back tabs for the top. Plain tabs will allow the light coming from outside on the top of the curtain.

Think about adding more width and length to protect the light coming from the sides and from the bottom. Curved curtain rod could be also a possible solution.

Does blackout protect from the heat/cold?

Our blackout is not thermo fabric. However, based on our customer’s feedback we admit that the heavy curtains lined with blackout protects from certain amount of the hot or cold air coming inside the room.

 

 

How to measure for curtains

How to measure for curtains

What to start with

Let’s measure the width 

To get started with ordering your linen curtains, you need to measure the space (window or the door) where you will hang them: 

  • Measure the window from the left side to the right side. Add 8” (20 cm) since the rods (or tracks) are usually a little bit wider than the window space.  
  • If you already have the rod (the track) – just measure it with the tape. 
  • Now we need to add fullness to the curtains. The basic rule recommends to X1.5 the width of the window to allow a little gathering.  

Example: My rod is 50” wide. So, my curtains shall be 50*1,5 = 75” wide. 

  • And do not forget to divide it into 2 curtain panels if you wish two panels per window. 

Our curtains are sold individually. Please choose 2 in quantity while placing the order. 

Let’s measure the drop 

  • Measure the drop of your curtain. Mostly curtains are measured from the top of the rod till the bottom of the curtain (see the sketch “How to measure” on the page of the curtain you wish to order) 

- If I wish little puddling - how much should I add to the curtain drop?

We recommend adding 3” (7 cm) to the drop to create little puddling.

How to Care for Your Linen Fabric

There are many misconceptions about taking care of linen - the most common one is that it needs some kind of special care. However, in fact, linen is a high-quality, strong, and durable fabric, and remembering some basic rules of proper linen care will help you retain those wonderful features of your home textiles. Here we go!

Laundry Tips on Washing Your Linen

Linen Fabric becomes softer and more absorbent after each wash, making your textiles and clothing even comfier. Linen could be either machine- or hand-washed in lukewarm or cold water (up to 40 degrees), and a gentle cycle should always be selected.

To prevent linen items from getting tangled and stretched, fill the washing machine only half full, leaving enough room for the fabrics to move freely.

 

Tumble Dry: Good for Linen or Not

Feel free to machine (tumble) dry your linen textiles, as long as you stick to a low heat setting. Remove it from the dryer when the fabric is slightly damp so that it won’t become too stiff and brittle. Then lie or hang your textile and let it finish off drying on its own.
As for the curtains, air dry is the best for them, this way your curtains will retain their attractive look and ironing will be much easier.

 

 

 Tips on Ironing Linen Fabric

Actually, there is no need to iron linen unless you don’t like its relaxed look, or it became very crushed. Anyway, if you love ironing and decided to iron your linen garments, we won’t be stopping you, just recommend doing it while linen is still damp and use a low heating setting.