Window curtains are a great way to add warmth and style to any room. With so many different styles, colors, fabrics, and patterns available, it can be hard deciding how much fabric you will need for your curtains. We’ve created a guide that will walk you through on how to measure for window curtains and finding out how much fabric is required for window curtains.
Measuring for Window Curtain
Step #1. To know how much fabric you will need for window curtains, you’ll first want to measure the width and height of your windows. You can do this by using a measuring tape or yardstick (make sure it’s level!), but another option is to use graph paper with measurements across it on one side that corresponds with inches/centimeters on the other side.
Step #2. Once you have your measurements, find the measurement that is closest to what you need and round-up: was it 36″ or 37″? It’s better to go with 38″. You will want some extra fabric for taking care of any mistakes as well. Then multiply this number by two (for each length). In this case, you will need 76″ (38xtwo).
Step #3. The fabric needed for each curtain panel should be at least two inches longer than the height of your window to gather on either side. You’ll want to add about four extra inches to make sure there’s enough room and then divide by how many panels you want.
At least two inches longer than the height of your window so it can gather on either side.
Add about four extra inches to make sure there’s enough room and then divide by how many panels you want: 76 (38xtwo) for each panel, or 152 total. You’ll need one yard and a half per panel or about four yards for a pair.
In the example of our window that is 78″ high by 36″ wide, you would need to buy fabric that was at least 84 inches long and 44 inches wide (36xtwo). The extra two inches on both sides will be sewn shut before attaching to the curtain rod.
What is the Best Fabric Material for Curtain?
The best fabric for curtains is cotton. This will be lightweight and breathable, which can help keep you cool on hot days or warm in the winter months. Other popular materials include linen, polyester blends, silk, velvet, faux suede, and leather.
It’s important to note that some fabrics are more expensive than others, depending on how high-quality they are and how well they’ll hold up over time.
What is the Best Color for Curtains?
Picking a window treatment can be tricky because there are so many options! But one crucial question to ask yourself before buying fabric or heading to the store is, what colors will work with my home’s décor and other window treatments?
To choose the best colors, first, take a look at your furniture and home’s décor. For example, if you have several different shades of brown in your living room but want color for your windows as well, consider a green or blue fabric that contrasts with those darker tones.
If you need help picking out the perfect window treatment for your home, ask a professional or stop by our store to see all of your options!
How to Care For Curtains
Caring for your curtains is easy and can extend the life of your window treatment. To clean curtains, use a damp cloth or vacuum to remove any large particles on the fabric. Just be sure not to pull too hard when vacuuming because it could damage both the curtain and the rod!
If you’re in need of more in-depth care, consider using a mild detergent and warm water. With the curtain soaking wet in the bathtub or sink (don’t forget to check for leaks periodically!), use your hands to work up a lather before rinsing them off with clean water and drying on a clothesline or rack outside.
You can also take advantage of more advanced curtain washing techniques, like using a vacuum cleaner hose to strip the fabric.
Should I Bleach my Curtain?
If your curtains are made of natural fibers, there’s a chance they may be susceptible to stains and color fading.
To keep them looking like new or more vibrant for as long as possible, bleach is the best option! Just remember that this will either make colors brighter or duller depending on how light-sensitive the fabric is. Bleaching can also be damaging to fibers, so don’t overdo it!
The best way to do this is by carefully spraying the curtains with diluted bleach and using a towel or sponge to scrub any areas that may have stains gently. For stubborn stains, apply full-strength bleach directly onto them and wait for 20 minutes before washing in cold water, followed by machine drying.
It’s worth mentioning that you should only wash your curtains about once a month to prevent excessive wear and tear, which can make them less vibrant with time. Oh, and don’t forget to tie the curtain closed during washing!
A Few Things You Might Want To Know About Curtains:
- They are available in a range of materials, including cotton or polyester.
- They come in many different colors and styles to suit every home décor.
- There are also different types of curtains that you can choose from depending on your needs: sheers for privacy, panels for large windows, lined curtains for winter warmth.
- The options here are endless, and you can find curtains to suit every room in your home.