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5 Things You Should Never Do for Window Treatments

  1. Using a flag tacked to the window frame. This is a big no-no for several reasons. First of all, it’s disrespectful to the flag and the country it represents. Flags are meant to be flown, not used as curtains. Second, it’s tacky and cheap-looking. A flag is not a proper fabric for a window treatment, and it will not block out light or noise effectively. Third, it can damage your window frame and the flag itself. Tacks can leave holes and marks on both surfaces, and the flag can fade, tear, or fray over time.
  2. Using sheets or blankets as curtains. Another common mistake is using sheets or blankets as makeshift curtains. While they may seem like a quick and easy solution, they are not suitable for window treatments. Sheets and blankets are too thin and flimsy to provide adequate insulation, privacy, or light control. They also look sloppy and unprofessional. They can sag, wrinkle, or bunch up, creating an uneven and messy appearance. Plus, they can interfere with the operation of your windows, making it hard to open or close them.

  3. Using mismatched or outdated curtains. Curtains are one of the most visible elements of your window treatments, so you want to make sure they match your style and theme. Using mismatched or outdated curtains can ruin the harmony and aesthetics of your room. Mismatched curtains can create a chaotic and cluttered look, while outdated curtains can make your room look old-fashioned and dull. To avoid this, choose curtains that complement your color scheme, furniture, and accessories. Also, update your curtains regularly to keep up with the trends and seasons.

  4. Using a too short curtain rod. The curtain rod is an important component of your window treatments that affects how your curtains hang and function. Using a too short curtain rod can create several problems such as gaps, wrinkles, or unevenness. Gaps can expose your windows and reduce your privacy and insulation. Wrinkles can make your curtains look unattractive and unprofessional. Unevenness can make your windows look asymmetrical and distorted. To avoid this, use a curtain rod that extends beyond the width of your window by at least 6 inches on each side. This will allow your curtains to cover your window completely and smoothly.

  5. Using the wrong size or length of window treatments. The size and length of your window treatments can make a big difference in how they look and function. Using the wrong size or length can create problems such as gaps, overlaps, dragging, or pooling. To avoid this, measure your windows carefully before buying or making your window treatments. Make sure they fit snugly and neatly on your windows, without being too tight or too loose. Also, choose the right length for your window treatments based on the style and effect you want to create. For example, you can use floor-length curtains for a formal and dramatic look, sill-length curtains for a casual and cozy look, or cafe curtains for a quaint and charming look.

Getting the right look doesn't have to be expensive.    Buying premade window panels and a simple rod can be under $50 per window.   Check out these options.

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