Window Treatments FAQ
Everything you need to know to before ordering your curtains
Window treatments may seem daunting and complicated. At Liz and Roo, we make it easy for you to order and install brand new curtains!
When buying custom curtains, the toughest decision is likely choosing the fabric. You will be living with this fabric, color, and pattern for a long time. And, fabric, color and pattern options are endless. We work with you to help you define your vision (if you are unsure) and source many fabrics to show you. Take your time, get fabric samples (ours are free) and once you are set on a particular fabric, we take over the hard stuff!
There are other decisions you must make, from the type of lining you prefer to the finish (how to hang them and what they will look like).
You can also hang curtains outdoors with our indoor/outdoor fabrics. It can dress up a covered porch, block the sun and other elements, and bring the indoors outside!
Functional Curtains or Stationary Curtains?
Functional curtains open and close by traversing across a rod, controlling a room’s lighting and temperature. Stationary curtains, draped down the sides, are decorative, but not functional (do not open or close). They can frame and draw attention to the window and its view, and they create optical illusions by making a window appear bigger.
What Type Header? Help Me Decide!
The “heading” style determines how the draperies will hang from the rod. Rod pocket is the simplest and least expensive way to both make and hang drapes. Here, a casing is sewn at the top of the fabric, open at each end so the rod slips through for complete concealment. The alternative to this is Tab Top curtains. Here, tabs are sewn to the top of the curtain, sometimes in contrasting colors, and the rod is placed through these tabs. In both rod pocket and tab top, the curtains or drapes are then pulled open and shut by hand. We like to see metal hardware “curtain hooks” to the left and right of the window, allowing you to pull the drapes back in the morning. It’s a neat, finished look.
A flat header, where there is a hem at the top but no rod pocket, is appropriate for clip-on rings. This is as simple as a rod pocket and can be requested at no additional charge. Finally, Pleated drapes are the more formal choice, and are more expensive, but beautiful. These typically have 5 pleats per panel, but this can vary.
What are My Liner Choices?
We are firm believers in lining curtains, the exception being a certain light, airy look with linen curtains, as shown here in the flax linen curtains we made for Ashley Rosenbaum of The Bachelorette for her baby boy Hudson’s nursery.
There are many reasons you want to line your drapes. First, it adds fullness and richness to the overall look of the drapes. The drapes simply hang better with a liner. The color of the fabric is not affected by the sunlight, so you see the actual color you selected, rather than a washed-out pattern or color that is backlit by sunlight. More importantly, it protects the curtains from sun damage and fading.
Liner options include blackout liner to block light entirely (great for bedrooms!) In fact, this fabric liner is not black, as some may think. We use both white and ivory. The alternative is regular liner. A regular liner can be all cotton or a cotton/poly mix, or even a cotton flannel. Regular liner is less expensive by the yard than blackout liner.
What Size Do I Need for My Window?
When measuring your window width, the general rule is 2x to 3x fullness in the curtains. For standard windows, two panels, 50” each, is the typical width for a nice, full look.
How Do I Determine Drop Length?
The final consideration is how to hang the draperies. We like to see a rod placed at least 4 inches above the window casing. We also like to see the rod extend beyond the sides of the casing (left and right). This creates an illusion of a larger window, too!
You don’t have to have a professional measure for your window treatments. We make standard 84” and 96” curtains, but also make them any custom length. Measuring is simple. We only need the exact measurement from the top of the window sill to the floor. Then, with a leeway of 4” or more, you can move the rod up or down to get the exact placement you want. So, the key here is: don’t hang the rod until the curtains arrive!
If you need help getting started or already have a vision, we’d love to be a part of making your house amazing! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website at www.lizandroo.com.