Category: Window treatments

Semi Custom

You really want new drapes or curtains but your budget just won’t allow for custom made.  So what can you do?  Semi custom.

What do I mean by “semi- custom”?   Consider using “ready mades” as a base and altering them to fit your needs and wants.  It might be as simple as hemming or maybe a bit more complicated such as adding grommets or pinch pleats, or even something in between, like adding trim or banding.  One of the key things to remember when doing so is to purchase the longest panels you possibly can.  This gives your workroom something to work with.  When it comes to hems, most custom made drapes use a double 4 inch hem which lends weight and beauty.  Ready mades do not. They use the least amount of fabric they possibly can to save on costs.  Also, ready mades are not worried about matching patterns between panels  and are often not cut or sewn on the straight grain of the fabric which can cause them to hang crooked.  Purchasing the longest panels possible will allow for some corrections to be made.  So with a little imagination and the help of your local workroom you too can have the lovely window treatments you deserve.



                                                                                                                                                                                       Example of ready made draperies with a new header of grommets.

An attractive solution.

Do you have a steel entryway door with windows that just begs for a curtain?  Do you have an old cast iron bathroom sink that needs a little dressing up?  What to do?  You don’t want to drill into the door because that would void the warranty. You’ve tried sticky hook and loop fasteners and they just want to peel off.  What’s the answer?  Magnets!  These are a wonderful way to get the look you want and need without damage or frustration.   

Magnets come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.  I order my magnets from K & J Magnetics, Inc.  A hole can be drilled in a board and the magnets inserted.  The board can then be covered with lining and a valance constructed and applied to the board.  The board will then adhere to the steel door, again without damaging or voiding the warranty on the door.

For a sink skirt, magnets can be placed in pockets sewn to the top of the skirt and then placed on the underside/inside of the sink.  No fuss, no mess.

However, a word of caution is advisable.  Magnets can be extremely strong.  Keep your fingers out of the way when putting them in place and as always keep them away from children.

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