Windows can be so much more that just a way to see the outside. When decorated tastefully they can add charm and character to your home. Take our quiz and learn some interesting ways to dress up your windows.
A stackback is the width of a panel of window drapes when fully retracted.
You need to know this width so that you don't buy a panel that covers your window even when it's pulled back.
A traverse rod is a rod that allows you to pull back a drape panel by way of a cord.
Traditional drapes tend have a very formal and dramatic feel. There are, however, some modern styles that have different qualities.
Drapes are traditionally floor length. That is, they hang from the rod at the top of the window all the way down to the floor.
Drapes tend to pleated and lined, which means they are relatively thick and heavy.
Curtains are not lined, which means they are usually a lot thinner and lighter than drapes.
Since they are thinner and lighter, curtains tend to have a more casual style about them.
The rod pocket is a fold of cloth at the ends of a curtain, into which you slide a curtain rod.
If you use only a rod at the top of a door curtain, it will swing every time the door is opened or closed. Run a rod through the bottom rod pocket as well, to secure the curtain.
Café curtains were designed to allow light into a room, but only from the top of the window. That way the people sitting in the room aren't bothered by the sunlight.
Blinds are designed to filter light, while maintaining a view of the outside. The strips of the blinds can be angled to increase or reduce the amount of light that enters the room, but you will still be able to see outward.
Most local hardware stores can cut your shades to specification.
Blinds are usually made from wood, vinyl or metal. This differs from shades, which are usually made of fabric.
Roman shades are designed to fold upward as you pull on their cord.
Heat and moisture can cause wooden blinds to warp. You're better off not using wooden blinds where you cook, bathe or do laundry.
Mix some grape juice concentrate with warm water and salt to produce an easy-to-make dye. The more grape juice you use, the darker the cloth will end up.
By painting your outdoor window trim you can add a touch of class for all to see.
Don't risk your safety trying to paint upper-floor windows. Leave that sort of work to the people that have the right equipment and training.
These days you can find solar sensitive shades and shades with remote control systems. Why do it by hand if you don't have to?