Curtains & Accessories
A curtain commonly known as a drape, mainly in the United States is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water.
Curtains are often hung on the inside of a building's windows to block the passage of light, for instance at night to aid sleeping, preventing mosquitoes or to stop light from escaping outside the building stopping people outside from being able to see inside, often for privacy reasons and such applications they are also known as "draperies". Curtains that are hung over a doorway are known as portieres.
Facts Regarding Curtains
Curtains come in a variety of shapes, fabrics, sizes, colors and patterns. They often have their own sections at LIMEROAD,completely dedicated to selling curtains.
Curtains vary according to its fabrics, ultraviolet light deterioration, oil and dust retention, noise absorption, fire resistance, and life span. Nowadays many interior projects provide curtains that are moved by hand, with cords, by press-button pads or remote-controlled computers and are held out of the way of the window by means of curtain tie-backs. Measuring curtain sizes needed for each window varies greatly according to the type of curtain needed, window size, and type and weight of fabric of curtain.
Curtains are a form of window treatment, and complete the overall interior of the house. Window treatment helps control the ambience and flow of natural sunlight into the room. The effect of drapery or curtains is best seen in daylight, and with fancy indoor light positioning, can look attractive even at night.
How are Curtains made?
Curtains are manufactured from a variety of thick fabrics, each with a different degree of light absorbing and heat insulating qualities. For maximum cooling & temperature
control, the curtain gap to the window should be small, with minimum convection drafts below or above the curtain. Various architectural structures around the curtain minimize the air drafts, but generally they are just used for decoration and make rooms feel more cozy.
Fabrics & Properties
A sheer or net curtain is one which is made from translucent fabric,material such as a loosely woven polyester voile or a cotton lace. Uniqueness of sheer curtains allow a majority of light to be transmitted through the fabric, with the fabric weave providing a basic level of UV protection while retaining maximum visibility outward through the curtain. Sheer curtains are sometimes referred to as "privacy curtains" in reference to their screening abilities doing justice to the privacy, during the day most sheer fabrics will allow people inside the home to see the outside view while preventing people outside the home from seeing directly into the home. Due to the loose weave in sheer fabrics, sheer fabric types of curtains offer very little in the way of heat insulation.
2. Uncoated fabrics provide the next level of heat insulation and light absorption & constitute the vast majority of fabrics used in curtains, and are composed of a tightly woven fabric, most typically a cotton/polyester blend, which is mostly opaque when viewed in ambient light. They provide a reasonable level of heat insulation due to the tight weave of the fabric. However, the fabric itself is typically not thick enough to completely absorb strong light sources and as a result, when curtains made from uncoated fabrics are closed in an attempt to block out direct sunlight, light will still be visible through the curtain.
3. Another type is coated fabrics consist of a standard uncoated fabric with an opaque rubber backing applied to the rear of the fabric to provide improved light absorption. To create a coated fabric, a liquefied rubber polymer is applied in a single coat to an uncoated fabric and subsequently fused dry by using a heated roller, in much the same way that a laser printer applies toner to a sheet of paper before fusing it dry. A fabric that has once been through the coating process is considered a "1-pass-coated" fabric, anecdotally referred to as "dim-out" or "blackout" because of the fabric's ability to absorb approximately 50-70% of a direct light source. Whereas to improve the light absorption of a fabric it is possible to re-coat a fabric up to a maximum of "3-pass-coated", which is considered sufficient to block out 100% of a direct light source hence such fabrics are referred to as "blockout-coated".
Maximum heat insulation and light absorption in a curtain is created through a lined curtain, which typically consists of an uncoated fabric at the front to provide the look and feel of the curtain, with a separate coated fabric attached at the rear to provide the insulative qualities making it useful in both ways. The coated fabric is mostly referred to as a lining, which simply refers to a coated fabric that does not have any particular color or pattern.
Curtains may be held back with Tie-backs-
It is a loop of cloth, cord, etc., placed around a curtain to hold it open to one side; passed through a ring on a hook attached to the wall, and fastened with a velcro, button, or knot; often adorned with tassels or may be closed and opened with sticks called draw-pulls- draw pulls are rods made of plastic, wood, or metal that can be twisted and/or pulled or Curtain rods- which are attached either to the runner or to the first hook. On some curtain rails/poles, there is a pulley system for opening and closing called a "corded curtain track" making the interior look fab. The knobs at the end of these cords are called cord pulls or "acorns" functioning as there's this roll-down or drop-down curtain has its fabric rolled around the curtain rod and is lowered down from above by a separate device or by pulling the fabric itself, with curtains using the pulley mechanism being called pull-down curtains.
Another important accessory is the curtain hook stopper is a device used to stop the curtain from falling off the end of the curtain rail.
A curtain rod, curtain rail, or traverse rod is a device used to hang the curtains usually above windows or along the edges of showers or bathtubs, though also wherever curtains might be used. When these rods are found in bathrooms, curtain rods tend to be telescopic and self-fixing, while curtain rods in other areas of the home are often affixed with decorative brackets or finial.
Curtain rods can be made of many materials including- wood, metal and plastic which come in almost endless styles and designs. All curtain rods are not simple straight poles; curved and hinged poles are available from numerous companies, allowing installation in bay windows and around curved walls and corners. Curtain rods can also be seen in shapes like a crane or exhibit a swing arm design. Prices and quality of curtain rods are as fluctuates & varied as designs from inexpensive big box store products to high end specialty products made by companies catering to interior designers and architects.
Popularity And Uses
With the increase in single family homes during the last century, the curtain industries have witnessed simultaneous growth in the demand for their products. Commercial interests also grew tremendously during that time as many companies tried to supply institutions, hotels, etc. Pre-made curtain are sold which are typically of around 7 feet in length.
In hospitals and medical facilities for privacy cubicle curtains are a popular choice.
Commercial sized curtains are commonly used in restaurants, cinemas, and theatre stages.
The now well known shower curtain was once named the bathroom curtain, and were once made of cloth, proving difficult to soak up the water.
Curtains can be used to give a room a focal point & a add on beauty to its decor. There are at least twenty different styles of curtains and draperies which can be used in window decor.
Flat panel curtains are Versatile and Simple:
Making: Pieces of fabric are hemmed on all four edges and the final rectangular or square piece is hung from curtains poles with clip-on rings or something sort of similar. If pleated, the look is strongly influenced by the fullness of its pleats.
Panel Pair Curtains are also known as double panel curtains and refer to two curtain panels hanging on either side of the window. This is the most common style used.
Tab top curtains are made with narrow straps with the loop at the top edge and hung from the curtain pole.This style curtains are often designed as two stationary panels at the sides of a window.
Grommet curtains are hung by threading the curtain pole through a hole in the top of the fabric which could be either a cut-out hole with the edges finished by a row of stitching or it could use a grommet to prevent fraying.
When choosing window treatments for your home, one of the most important aspects to consider is the fabric and designs. The type of fabric affects how curtains hang and drape, as well as the texture, coverage, durability, and ease of laundering which is all considered and offered at LimeRoad.