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How To Choose The Right Curtain Fabric
Curtains are used for various reasons including decoration, protecting privacy as well as keeping heat and light from the sun out of the house. When it comes to curtain fabric, one can choose from a wide array of options for both the curtains as well as the other accessories which go along with them. There are various considerations that come into play when selecting curtain fabric.
As time passes, various fabrics sustain damage from sun rays and the elements. The least susceptible options are cotton canvas, brocade and chintzes. Silks are the least prone to sunlight.
Typically, decorator fabrics' thread count is higher when compared to others used to make clothing. This makes them last longer. Some of these fabrics may also require dry-cleaning; it's important to check the tag for such information.
Common weaves used for curtains include satin, twill, plain and damask. Most printed cottons come in either twill or plain weave. For instance, satin weaves are normally used to create stripes in some fabrics. A damask weave is usually a single-colour weave which may be patterned.
This is a vital factor when it comes to choosing the right curtain fabric. Though a few colours may fit in multiple situations, most don't. Fortunately, it's easy to get different hues that don't clash. If one isn't sure, they can opt for cream or off-white curtains as such colours seem to match with just about anything else.
Decorating fabrics are usually wider than those used for clothing. Most fabrics have two widths: 42-45 inches and 54-60 inches. It's also possible to find widths of 72, 75, 90, 105 and 110 inches. It's important to check the tag to determine the fabric's width.
The room where the curtains are going to be used is another important consideration. The fabric needs to match other adornments such as wallpapers, paint, blinds, carpet and furniture. Other rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom may also require special materials. Sunny rooms such as conservatories require light and airy fabrics. Heavy materials tend to work better for bedrooms since privacy is a key concern here.