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How To Create Inexpensive Good Looking Curtains To Enhance The Look Of Your Windows

Aug 17, 2007
If you walk into your home and are not struck with a sense of warmth, that special something that makes it truly your own, then perhaps you need to add a new set of window treatments. Changing the look of a home's curtains can add a bit of decorative flair and instantly make it more inviting and homey. At the same time, it can be slightly overwhelming trying to plan out the purchase of an entire room of window treatments. But there are many options that are available to you that are inexpensive, and easy, which do not require you to have any sewing skills or a sewing machine. By using a little bit of that creative muscle, your imagination, any piece of cloth or fabric can rapidly and simply be made into a window treatment.

The first thing that you need to do is choose a fabric that is suitable to the mood you want to instill in your home. The fabric will need to have finished edges so that it doesn't fray. Some common selections include old table linens or printed sheets that are no longer in use. All you need to do after you have your fabric selected is to pick a complementary hanging device, such as a grommet or a hook or a cord, and you will have a stylish and affordable window treatment that conveys a bit of your own personal style and sense of self. What's more, you will have made it yourself, which will make it that much more valuable.

When you are choosing the device to hang your fabric, you should hold some things in mind. Grommets, which are slipped over hooks set in a wall, make for a sharp, uncluttered window treatment. For most purposes, all you will need to set grommets is a hammer and a grommet tool. Grommets prevent hooks that are set in the wall from tearing a hole in the fabric that hangs from them. Grommets can also be used to install a wooden dowel that will suspend the fabric from the hooks.

If grommets don't appeal to you, you might want to look into the various stylish clips that you can find at antique stores and craft shops that simply clip fabric and hold it in place. This can add another layer of flair to your window treatments. You can also find rings that clip onto fabric which will allow it to slide along a curtain rod. The place to look for these clips is at home decorating stores.

If you are feeling a bit adventurous, you can try to use buttons on your window treatments. Thread the button to the fabric with a bit of wire that is fine enough that it isn't unsightly, then use a bit of ribbon to make a loop from the button. These loops can then be used to hang the treatment from a curtain rod.

Whatever way you choose to do your curtains, your only limitation is your creativity. If you have an idea, try it out and see if it works. If it does, you get a new set of curtains, and if it doesn't, you get to keep trying.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as kitchen curtains at http://www.windowblindsandshadesonline.com
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