POINTS TO CONSIDER
To give the illusion of height, curtains should be hung from just below the ceiling. Make sure they just touch the ground.
If curtains are too short for a room, add a panel of fabric in a coordinating colour to the bottom.
Consider where the curtains will be hung. If in a bedroom, include blockout lining.
“Sheers are a great way to add ambience and soften harsh glare. Printed sheers such as those with a watercolour pattern create dappled light and cast soft shadows,” says Lesley Wilson of Mavromac & Gatehouse. “Keep in mind that should you use a colourful sheer, the room will take on a different hue.”
With a double rod, you can hang blockout curtains behind the sheers. Open the blockout ones during the day to get the effect of the sheer and close them at night.
Consult a professional when calculating how much fabric you need, as different headings affect the amounts of fabric required.
When purchasing ready-made curtains, ensure they’re long enough for your windows. “We make curtains in two standard lengths: 218cm and 250cm, so just measure your room and the window before you shop,” says Stacey Nel, marketing manager of Volpes.