In addition to providing privacy and filtering sunlight, curtains function as barriers and decorative focal points. Curtain materials and suspension methods range from strings of seashells nailed to a piece of wood to luxurious remote-controlled black-out draperies. First consider your functional and aesthetic requirements and then ponder creative options for curtains---both commercially available and home-made---that will suit your needs.
Hanging Curtains Without a Rod
For an unusual and informal window treatment or to hang door curtains, suspend grommetted or tab-top curtains from decorative hooks or drawer pulls attached to the window frame or door frame. Airline cable (plastic-coated braided steel cable) stretched between eye-screws works well to suspend any type of curtain. Tighten any slack in the cable by attaching a turnbuckle between one end of the cable and an eye-screw affixed to the door or window frame. Any reasonably straight item, such as a bamboo pole, a fishing rod or a hockey stick, has potential for use in suspending curtains.
Casement and Tab-Top Curtains
Threading the curtain casing (wide hem on the upper border of the curtain that receives the curtain rod) or fabric tabs on the upper curtain border onto a rod and affixing the curtain rod to a wall, door or window frame are two common methods of suspending curtains. These methods are easy, inexpensive and work well for many home applications. One drawback to hanging curtains by casings or fabric tabs is that the friction between the rod and the curtain fabric makes it difficult to open or close the curtains.
Low-Friction Methods of Curtain Suspension
Many options for suspending curtains from rods require little effort in opening and closing. Large metal grommets or metal rings affixed to the top of a curtain panel glide easily across a suspension rod. Clip rings can quickly transform just about any piece of fabric into an attractive curtain. Curtain tracks mounted to the ceiling are coated with Teflon so the carriers that suspend the curtain glide easily. This method of curtain suspension has been used in hospitals for decades.
If you want a full and luxurious tiered curtain, double and triple curtain rods take a lot of the labor and frustration out of creating a multilayered window treatment. The mounting brackets each hold two to three rods so you can hang sheers, curtains and a valance with only one set of mounting brackets. Curtains mounted on swing-arm rods quickly open like double doors for easy access to a closet or other storage area without having curtain fabric in your way.
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