Choosing the Right Fabric for Curtains
Decorating with new window treatments is a great way to transform the look and feel of a room. The fabric you choose will determine the amount of light that enters the room, so it is important to choose the right material for the room. Sewing curtains is a very beginner-friendly sewing project that is perfect for a seamstress just starting out.
If you are looking for material to make curtains, here are a few tips:
Fabric Choice- This material is great for common areas like the living room or kitchen. Because most common areas require lots of light it is best to use sheer curtains so that the room is well-lit. Heavier materials like wool are ideal for rooms that require more privacy like bedrooms and dens.
Measurements- To achieve the proper fullness and coverage, most curtains need to be at least two times the width of the window. So, if your window measures 50” wide, you will need to cut your curtains at least 100” wide. If you are using a sheer material, you may want to cut the material wider for added coverage and fullness.
The length of your curtain will depend on the length of the window and its relation to the floor. Some curtains stop right at the bottom of the window, other curtains drape all the way to the floor. The length is up to you, based on what kind of look you want but be sure to choose your material length with hem allowances in mind.
Color/ Print- Choosing the color and print is an important factor when deciding on the curtains. You have to decide if you want your curtains to make a statement or blend in with the room. Remember when choosing the color of the material, to be sure that it will fit with the style and theme of the room.
Remember to check our blog for fabric tips and tricks. Nick of Time Textiles has a wide variety of fabrics available for purchase. Browse our inventory to find the right fabric for your new window treatments!