How to Keep Curtains Closed Properly

Tiebacks and holdbacks are a great and elegant way to keep our draperies open and allow a sufficient amount of natural light to illuminate the room. However, we all have to admit that sometimes, we would rather know how to keep curtains closed.

 

Closing your curtains is actually quite beneficial as it boosts your home’s privacy and heat-insulating properties. It is also an excellent technique for curtain layering designs. Luckily, you can keep your curtains closed using magnet closures or some simple clips. 

 

Making your own magnetic closure for a firm and more ornate solution is much easier than it seems. Lucky for you, we have an easy guide that will help make your own curtain magnetic closures. 

 

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Step 1: Take down the panel

We can’t really work with a curtain panel that is stinging on the rod for apparent reasons. Please take one of them down and lay it flat on your work surface with the right side up. We will do the same procedure for each panel, but we can take it one step at a time. 

 

Step 2: Mark the magnet placements

Look for the vertical edge of your curtain and mark a straight across that will help you distinguish the position of the magnets. Make sure that you work on both sides since we will also work on magnet wall attachments. 

 

Using the vertical line, mark the vertical placements of your magnet starting from the top and working your way down the bottom. Make sure to place them at equal distances for a neat and tailored look to master how to keep curtains closed properly.

 

If you are using a long strip of the magnet, you can line it along the entire length of the panel. However, for circular magnets, merely count how many you are going to need. Remember that placing them at far distances loosens the curtain closing effect.

Tip: Try placing the magnets at a four to six inches distance to keep your curtains firmly closed. It will help you block out most of the light and maintain your room’s privacy. 

 

Step 3: Attach your magnets.

You can easily attach the magnets to their marked positions using strong adhesives and tapes. However, you can sew thinner strips of magnets directly onto the curtain. Poke a hole in the center of the magnets and attach them to the fabric.

 

Sew it in place, looping the thread through the middle and around the magnet before piercing it through the center once again. Make it more secure by making more loops around the magnet. Please do the same until you have attached all of them to both sides of the first panel. 

 

When working with the second, third, and proceeding curtain panels, lay them beside the first set. This will save you a lot of time from marking the other drapes. You will see where the magnet should go so that the curtain alignment is precise when closed. 

Tip:

Always remember to sew the attractive sides of the magnet facing upwards. You may want to mark all the magnets beforehand, so you don’t have to worry about them during the sewing process.
If you have thinner curtains and don’t want your magnets to show, you can sew them with the attractive sides facing the fabric. However, remember that the magnet has to be strong enough to stay together even with the material in between.

 

Step 4: Attaching wall magnets

Now that we have the magnets for the curtain panels, of course, we don’t want the light to peek through the sides. After all, the idea is to block out light and induce maximum privacy. Let’s start the magnet wall attachment by first changing your curtain panels.

 

Hang the panels as you usually would and place them on the bracket. Close and arrange the fabric until you are satisfied with its position. Move towards one side of the window and mark the position of the magnet on the wall.

 

The magnet’s wall position should match the placement of its corresponding pair on the fabric. Use a pencil or any marking tool to designate the parts. Take one magnet and glue it onto the wall, one piece at a time. 

 

Don’t forget to check if you are attaching the magnet with the right side up. If you are working with magnets with a hole in the middle, you can screw them onto the wall. Otherwise, a suitable surface adhesive like glue or tape should do the trick.

Why should I close my curtains?

Aside from its aesthetically pleasing benefits, curtains actually exist to give your rooms some privacy. It also helps with insulation by keeping the heat in or out of a particular room. Blackout curtains are an example of draperies that have remarkable insulating properties.

 

It also serves as a protection from peering eyes that may have an interest in your private property’s internal elements. Magnetic tapes along the walls and sides of the panels ensure that you are getting as much privacy as possible, without any expensive gestures.

You can also use different items such as clips and pins to close your curtains. Some fabric types are heavy enough to remain closed on their own. You can even make pinch pleats for a more elegant finish. Overall, knowing how to keep curtains closed is an essential part of owning any curtain. 

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Easy Window Curtains: How to Make Your Own Without Sewing

Window treatments can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to save money on your window curtains. This article will show you how to make your own without sewing!

 

Steps on Make Curtains Without Sewing

Step 1. Buy fabric and a rod that matches the size of your window. You will also need to buy some pins, an ironing board, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and something to make a hem (such as thread).

Step 2. Measure how wide your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side for hems. The height should be the length of your window.

Step 3. Buy one yard of fabric for every panel that you want to make (e.g., if you are making three panels, buy three yards). Also, measure how wide and long your curtains should be by adding two inches on either side to account for hems. The height will depend on how many windows and how long your panels are.

Step 4. Cut the fabric to size for each panel of curtains and hem any edges that need it by folding over once, ironing flat, then pressing with a hot iron. You can leave them raw if you want an unfinished look which is what I did here.

Step 5. Take one piece at a time and pin it to the top of your window, leaving room on either side for how wide you want it and hemming.

Step 6. Begin sewing around the perimeter with a straight stitch, moving from left to right or right to left. You can use an overcast stitch if you have thicker fabric that needs more support. Be sure not to sew past where your panel ends.

Step 7. Repeat with the remaining panels and leave your curtains open until it’s time to hang them up!

 

How to Wash Curtains

  • Wash in cold water on the delicate cycle and dry flat. You can also take care of light stains by spritzing with a stain remover or vinegar before washing.
  • For more stubborn stains, soak the curtains in water mixed with a little detergent and stain remover for 30 minutes before washing.
  • To remove dust, vacuum the curtains or shake outside.
  • Avoid washing your curtain with a load of towels as it could fray or cause shrinkage in some fabrics.

 

How to Hang Curtains

Hanging your curtains can be as simple or elegant as you want them to be.

Hangers: You can use a variety of hangers for different looks, including plastic sticks in shower clips, clear clothespins, and fabric loops.

Rods: Basic curtain rods are perfect with most fabrics but if you have heavier fabrics, use a metal rod.

Hooks: Hang hooks at the top of your window frame, then simply hang your curtains over them.

Rod Pocket Cords: You can use these to hang your curtains without sewing. They provide a cleaner, more finished look and they’re good for heavier fabrics that won’t stay on regular hooks.

Tiebacks/Cord Loops: These are great for short windows with no rods or if you don’t want the hassle of installing anything else. Just tie them to the top corners of the panel.

Ropes: Use these if you’re looking for a more natural look and feel. You can attach them to your window frame with eye hooks, then hang your panels over them in any way that works best for you (hanging one on each side or hanging both from one side).

Tension Rods: These are best for short windows. Just place the rods on any side of your window, then hang one curtain over them and use a tension rod to keep it in place (you’ll need two).

 

How to Preserve Curtains to last long

Hang your curtains in a way that they won’t touch the floor or ground. This will ensure you don’t have to replace them because of mold growth.

Wash your curtain at least once every three months with water and detergent, then hang it outside for some fresh air before storing it away again (you can also use a dryer sheet).

Store your curtains at room temperature in an area with good air circulation.

If you’re storing it away for the wintertime, make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag or container that will keep bugs out. Make sure to give them time before using them again by airing them out outdoors.

 

The Benefits of Window Curtains

  1. They’re a great way to get privacy in your home without taking down the curtains. Privacy helps keep both sunlight and light from outside sources out, which can help you sleep better at night by reducing how much artificial light is spilling into your bedroom.
  2. Window treatments add an elegant touch to your home. Curtains are a great way to liven up any room in the house or can be chosen for how they coordinate with the colors of your furniture and other decor pieces that you have.
  3. They’re also an easy way to change the feel of your windows without having to spend too much money! Window treatments can be swapped out with the seasons, to add a festive feel during the holiday season.
  4. Curtains are also an easy way to make any room in your home more inviting and welcoming!

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