How to measure for sheer curtains? This is a question that many people have when trying to decide what size of curtains will look good in their home. You need to consider many things before measuring for your new sheers, and this article will go over how to do so!
Steps on Measuring Sheer Curtains
Step #1. Measure the width of your window. This is how wide you want your curtains to be, so make sure that this number includes any trimming you plan on adding around it.
Step #2. Decide how high up in the window you want your sheers to be. You can either measure how high up on the window frame or make a judgment call based on what is standard for your area.
Decide how far from the top and bottom edge of the curtain you would like there to be an extra allowance, typically about three inches in each direction. This is how much framing you want.
Step #3. Decide which direction your sheers should hang; either most windows have the curtains go from top to bottom or vice versa. If this is a pair of two panels, it will be easier if both are hung in one direction because they can balance each other out across the window frame and give more coverage.
Step #4. Measure how wide you want your sheers; if the measurements are not available, it is typically best to go with a standard width of 54 inches. This way, they can be easily matched up and hung on either side of the window frame for more coverage.
What are Sheer Curtains?
Sheer curtains are a way to provide privacy while still letting in light and looking beautiful. They can be used on windows, doors, or even as room dividers. Sheer curtains allow natural lighting because they have some transparency which is great if the sun is shining into your home during morning hours.
How to Care for Sheer Curtains
Sheer curtains require a little more attention to detail than regular blinds or shades. Some tips for caring for your sheers:
Tip #1. Use an adjustable curtain rod so you can leave the windows open, even if it is raining outside. This will allow moisture from rain and snow to escape through the window rather than be trapped in your home.
Tip #2. Avoid placing the curtains too close to heat sources, like a fireplace or radiator, so that they don’t shrink and scorch. If possible, avoid direct sunlight when hanging them up
Tip #3. Periodically, take down your sheers from their hooks and give them ironing if necessary. This will help keep wrinkles at bay. Above all, enjoy your sheers! They are a great way to bring in the light and color of nature into any room.
Can I Bleach my Sheer Curtains?
No, it is not advisable to bleach sheer curtains. You should spot clean them instead of using a mild soap and water solution.
Can I dye my Sheer Curtains?
Generally, it is not advisable to dye sheer curtains. If you want to try, go for a lighter color than the original and use an all-purpose liquid fabric dye or dry cleaning fluid.
Can I Fold my Sheer Curtains?
If you want to fold your curtains, it is advisable first to hang them up. Then carefully gather the bottom of each panel in one hand with about 12″ clearance between hands, then bring the other hand’s fingers together on top of that gathering. Now gently squeeze as much fabric into the gathering as possible.
Hang the panel on a clothesline or large rod by evenly dividing it into thirds and pinning it to the line with safety pins. Repeat every two feet until you reach either end of the garment, then hang upside down.
Can I dry clean my sheer curtains?
Dry cleaning a delicate fabric such as sheer curtains can cause shrinkage and the finish on your drape. If you want to dry clean, then it is advisable to hang them up and let them air out for one or two days.
Then carefully gather the bottom of each panel in one hand with about 12″ clearance between your hands. With the other hand, gently squeeze as much fabric into the gathering as possible and hang them up by evenly dividing them into thirds with safety pins.
How to Wash Sheer Curtains
The best way to wash sheer curtains is in the bathtub. Fill with water at least four inches deep and add a small amount of mild soap or detergent. It’s important not to use too much, as this can cause excess bubbles on your curtain.
Rinse thoroughly after contact from dirt particles, then hang them to dry. If you want to have your sheer curtains professionally cleaned, it is advisable that they be taken down and sent out for cleaning.*
What is the Quantity of Detergent to Wash Sheer Curtains?
For traditional window treatments such as curtains, it is recommended to use half a cup of detergent and wash on cold. This will remove dirt particles without affecting the fabric color or texture.
For delicate fabrics like tulle and sheer curtains, consider using less detergent than usual, so they don’t become damaged from bubbles.*