Window coverings

A well dressed window provides practical as well as aesthetic features in a home.

Types of curtain rods

Café rods are poles, supported on matching brackets attached to both sides of the window.

Ceiling-mounted rods attach underneath the top of the window frame.

Concealed track rod is a combination of a rod and a pole.

Dauphine rod is used to hold a wide pocket curtain.

Projection rods project out into the room, away from the window frame, to support the curtains.

Sash rods are commonly used for curtains on doors.

Swivel rod is a hinged rod that swings away from the window when open.

Tension rod has rubber tips on each end and uses tension to hold the window treatment.

Traverse rod is a single-track rod used for opening and closing curtains.

Window treatments insulate from weather and help to keep interior temperatures even. They block sunlight and keep furnishings from fading. They can act as soundproofing and privacy barriers. An attractively dressed window adds to the ambience of a home.

Curtains & blinds : expert advice, techniques and tips for window treatments.
London : Collins & Brown, 2010.
You don't have to be a professional to make beautiful curtains!. Packed with basic sewing and design information,Easy to Make! Curtains & Blindsshows how to measure windows, do all the basic stitches and seams, and choose a fabric that will create the right look for your room. With details on everything from unlined curtains to Roman blinds, this attractive guide will give amateur decorators the confidence to adorn their windows with style.
Illustrated guide to sewing home furnishings : expert techniques for creating custom shades, drapes, slipcovers and more.
East Petersburg, PA : Fox Chapel Pub. Company, 2010.
One of the simplest and affordable ways to add personality and warmth to a home is with fabric accents in the form of window dressings, bed coverings, pillows, slip covers and more. With the expert techniques shared in this book, homeowners no longer have to rely on the limited options offered by ready-made items or pay the price for custom. They can learn to sew their own soft furnishings, from taking measurements and estimating fabric yardage, to sewing techniques with step-by-step projects and over 200 detailed diagrams. Luckily, sewing for the home is a great place for many beginners to start, as there are no patterns, fittings, zippers, or sleeves. By selecting frabrics with a proper mix of color, pattern, and texture, anyone can create home-made decor with a designer's flair.
Professional soft furnishings
Wendy Shorter.
London : New Holland Publishers, c2010.
This is a new title to add to the well established and highly regarded "Professional" series. Aimed at those who already have basic skills but are now thinking of doing an intermediate course on the subject or starting up their own business, this book offers expert advice on all aspects of soft furnishings. Whether you hope to develop your passion into a rewarding career or simply want to add finishing touches your own home, this book will show you how to produce schemes and specify effectively for them. Colours and fabrics are all covered, along with window treatments, chair coverings and household linen. Create bright, fresh items for your home and be inspired by the beautiful projects featured, all broken down into easy-to-follow steps: chairs, tables, beds, curtains and window treatments are all considered. As with all the books in the series, a basics section at the front takes you through all the essential techniques, which are clearly explained and illustrated with step-by-step photographs.

There is a wide range of window treatments that match all budgets and tastes. Blinds, shades, and shutters come in wood and synthetic materials in a vast array of colors and prices. Draperies and shades can be made from fabrics that range from expensive, heavy velvets and brocades to light and airy cottons. They can be fully lined and go to the floor for a formal look or can be simple short curtains at a kitchen window.

Unique window treatments can be made from standard curtains and blinds purchased at home furnishing stores when those standard items are combined with a variety of accents such as hardware and trim. Those who are handy with a sewing machine can craft one-of-a-kind custom treatments that provide distinctive interpretation of a decorating theme. Fabric stores carry  beautiful fabrics and trims for DIY projects. Hardware such as rods, poles, swag clips and valences can be easily found as well.

Designers will tell you that window coverings help to set the mood of your home. No single decorating choice has greater impact on the overall ambience of a room than how the windows are dressed.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff