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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.

How is linen fabric made?

Have you ever wondered what process a small flower of flax goes through to become a lovely linen bedding in your bedroom? Let’s find out and dig more into the background story of this remarkable material!

A Dash of Linen’s History

History of linen goes way back many thousands of years. In Ancient Egypt, linen was so valued that people even used it as a currency. Later on, linen was a fiber used for mummification as it symbolized the wealth and purity of the deceased pharaohs.

Mentioned several times in the Bible, as cloth of the angels, this natural fabric has been used as a cool, breathable material in the Middle East for centuries as well. Allegedly, traders then introduced linen to Northern Europe where it has become one of the most common plants for cultivation for centuries.

Nowadays flax is grown in different parts of the world, but the real high-quality flax is primarily cultivated in Western European countries.

 

 The Manufacturing Process

Linen, like any other natural fabric, is made from the natural source – flax plant. The manufacturing process is not that complicated as it might look, apparently because of this linen has gained popularity among people and been used for such a long time.

First, the flax seeds are planted and after about one hundred days, when the flax blossomed and started to turn brown, it’s ready to harvest. After harvesting, the plants are dried, and the seeds are removed from the flowers.

 

The flax is then to be “retted”.  This is a process when the flax plant is put into the water and left to rot. The special bacteria in the tank helps degrade the fibers from the woody stem. After the retting, the flax plants are going through the process called beetling. Beetling consists of beating the flax with a wooden mallet to loosen and separate the fibers from each other. Then comes the time of scutching. Using a special scutching machine any pieces of woody stem that remain on the fibers during beetling are fully removed now and finally, the flax fiber from the stalk is released.

After that, the scutched linen fibers are sorted and spun into yarns on a spinning wheel. The atmosphere within the spinning factory is very important, it should be warm and humid for the purpose of turning linen fiber easier into yarn.

Then these yarns will be woven and become the lovely natural fabric we all know as linen. Later on, linen can be bleached, dyed, printed on, or even embroidered.

Although growing and manufacturing of flax might look pretty intricate, it’s actually a very sustainable plant: flax is strong, naturally moth resistant, it requires less water, fertilizers, and pesticides than any other natural plant, including cotton. 

The production of linen fabric is very earth-friendly. Almost the entire plant of flax can be used to create a worthwhile product, e.g the seeds can be used to produce linseed oil, which is great for wood preservation, or a flaxseed oil that can be added to many common foods.

How to choose the right bed skirt

     Have you ever thought of adding something new to your bedroom, but didn’t know where to start? The bed skirts, or you may also know them as dust ruffles, can help you to refresh your bedroom’s look and make your bed a comfy cloud which you wanna come back to after a long day at work.

     In fact, a bed skirt and a dust ruffle aren’t actually the same thing. While dust ruffle is supposed to be equipped with a stretchable band around the top, so it fits around the box springs tightly and is kept in place by the band, the bed skirt has a fabric body (also called decking) that is to be inserted between the mattress and the box spring. 

     Based on our experience we choose bed skirts with fabric body (decking) since they fit the bed much better.

     Bed skirts come in various colors, patterns, and sizes. They can be ruffled, tailored, pleated, with split or pleated corners, with lining or no lining at all. Pretty overwhelming, huh? But don’t worry, with this useful guide to the world of bed skirts it will be easy for you to choose the right one.

     WHAT BED SKIRT STYLE TO CHOOSE

     Let’s start with the style of a bed skirt. We have 3 options here: ruffled or tailored.

     A classic tailored linen bed skirt will help you to create a modern look that won’t distract all the attention from your other bed linens. If you want to create a classy simple look you might just want to go with a not pleated version of this bed skirt. However, if you want to add a dash of elegance to your bed skirt’s style, the skirt with pleats on the sides or even on both sides and corners is the one you should go for.

     If you decided to go for the light and more see-through colors, such as white, off-white, or cream, make sure the skirt has a lining underneath it so that the base of the bed won’t be seen through the fabric.     

     If you want to bring to your space a sense of some sophisticated and romantic style, the bed skirt with gathered ruffles will be a perfect fit. It can be successfully used with any bed linens while adding a graceful and shabby chic note to your bedroom.

     Another style of bed skirts that becomes more and more popular these days is the oversized one. It will go well even with Industrial interiors, which classic bed skirts will not fit and bring a sense of ease and comfort to your house.

    HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE

     After you made up your mind about the style of the bed skirt, it’s time to choose the right size. The right size is key to the perfect look of the bed skirt. You may choose from the standard sizes such as Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and CalKing. And of course, we know that not all of us have standard-size beds, that’s why we are always ready to help our customers to turn their dreams into reality and create something individual and special for them.

WHAT DROP SIZE DO I NEED?

     Choosing the right drop size will determine if the bed skirt will hang properly on your bed and create the desired atmosphere in your bedroom! And measuring the drop is actually much easier than it looks – using the tapeline just measure the distance from the top of your box spring to the floor.

      If you’d like the valance of your ruffled bed skirt to lay on the floor - add 2-3 inches to your measurement for the more relaxed look of your bed skirt. Otherwise, take just an amount measured. As for the tailored bed skirt, there is no need to add some extra inches to the drop length, just go with the initial measurement.

DO I NEED SPLIT CORNERS OR NOT?

     If your you have a footboard, then the answer is “Yes”, you do need a split-corner bed skirt as it hides the underside of the bed and allows the skirt to fit around the posts of the footboard. Otherwise – no, the split corners are not actually needed.

HOW DO I PUT THE BED SKIRT ON?

     After bringing your brand new bed skirt home we recommend ironing it first for a while to soften the fabric and eliminate the wrinkles. You can also speed up your ironing and make it much easier by spraying some water onto the fabric.

     Then remove your mattress, place the skirt on the top of your bed’s box spring, and then place the mattress back on the bed. And voilà! The installation is complete and now you can make up the bed with the rest of your bed linens and enjoy the magic.

           CAN I HAVE A BED SKIRT FOR AN ADJUSTABLE BED?

     For those of you, who have an adjustable bed, we recommend to choose the bed skirt with no decking and just attach the skirt around the top to your bed frame using Velcro (self-adhesive Velcro strips). If you have a bed with two separate bases that move independently of each other we recommend purchasing 2 smaller bed skirts, for each of the bed parts. Message us about your bed type - we will be glad to create a tailor-made bed skirt just for you.