Posted 5.17.13 @ 11:10
The sun is starting to peek through, it’s not quite summer yet but you want to enjoy all of that beautiful light coming in this time of year, what can you do? You could open those curtains… oh wait…
It’s those curtains. You’ve had them closed all winter, you’d forgotten they existed. They looked so nice in the catalog, didn’t they? Too bad you didn’t know they were sheer as plastic wrap and bulky as a potato sack (how is that even possible?!) – this decorating nemesis becomes more and more daunting each year.
Well, this is the best time of year for new window treatments, right? You could have someone come in and measure your windows, but creating your own is half the fun, right? Now, we’re not going to go “Little House on the Prairie” here and tell you to hand sew and surge your curtains on your machine – but with some measure tape and a power drill, you can size and install your curtains.
What kind of window treatments you want?
There are so many to choose from! Do you want blinds, cell or honeycomb shades, roman shades, do you want them mechanized or manual? When in doubt, ask for swatches and samples of materials from the manufacturer – after all, you and your window treatments are going to be living together for a very long time from here on out. Try to make sure that whatever window treatments you choose will mesh well with your home and have that curb appeal for later.
You’ll want to check out this extremely dated video (ooh that pattern is just TOO fancy!) that explains the terminology and how to measure your windows in detail. This way you’ll understand what we talk about here and be able to visualize it all a little bit better.
Remember, measure TWICE. Have a friend or your partner write down the numbers for you while you measure, then switch. This way if something isn’t adding up, you’ll know about it and won’t end up with window treatments that just don’t fit and you can’t return (they’re custom after all).
You’ll need to measure:
- Window width (INCLUDING FRAME)
- Length from the top of the frame to the top of the sill
- Inside width (excluding the frame)
- Inside length (excluding the frame)
- Frame (Top) to Ceiling Distance
- Frame (Top) to Floor Distance
Sounds like a lot of stuff, but it’s actually not nearly as hard as it seems. You can find many videos over at HGTV.ca about how to measure too, if you want to lock this down ahead of time.
Weighing Your Options
The fun doesn’t stop here though – you’ll need to figure out if you want an interior or exterior mount, if you want to go motorized for automation, if you need a valance and more. Don’t be afraid to call the customer service line to see if you can get more help figuring out just what would be right for you.