How long should the curtains be?
Properly selected curtains can complement any interior, regardless of the size of the room and the style of its design. But in order not to miscalculate with the choice of style, fabric and the very flow of models, one must take into account the differences between modern products. First of all, you need to determine how long the curtains should be in different rooms. Our detailed explanations and indications of pluses and minuses of different canvases will help you with this. After all, the same curtains in different interiors will look completely different. The ability to use certain curtains should be determined on the basis of their practicality, general influence on the design of the room. It is absolutely necessary to calculate the optimal product dimensions. This will help you choose curtains that do not have to be hemmed or precisely take into account the consumption of fabric for a specific model made to order. We told in detail how modern products differ, and also indicated what curtains should be in residential and non-residential rooms.
Varieties of curtains
There are many types of curtains that differ in style and design. Commonly used options include:
They are a flat canvas with different lengths, differing in the number of waves (can be completely straight). The upper part can be complemented by lambrequins.
Drapes, complemented by laces to pull up individual parts of the canvas. Due to the non-standard design, the lower part of the models has the appearance of several semicircles consisting of numerous layers of tightened fabric.
Like the Austrian, complemented by cords for pulling up. But when lifting up accordion.
Smooth canvas used to close the window. When lifting, such curtains are wound on a special roller.
Similar to the Austrian, but the strained tissue waves on them are located not only below, but along the entire height.
They remind you of classic curtains, but at the same time they cannot be shifted along the ledge: such models are fixed in one place. To open the window, they need to be moved to the wall and fixed on a hook or with a clamp.
They are a flat canvas (like rolled ones), fixed in separate slats. To open the window, the canvases on the slats are moved in different directions.
- Curtains "cafe"
They may have the format of Austrian, classical or Roman curtains, but the curtain with them is not located in the upper part of the window (above the window), but in the middle of the window opening.
- Thread (Kisei)
Curtains in the form of thin threads with or without lurex.
Classification of curtains by length / height and width
Depending on the length of the curtain and its width, the interior of the room where the paintings are used can vary significantly. According to the length of the product are divided into the following categories:
- to the middle of the window;
- to the windowsill;
- below the windowsill;
- to the floor;
- to the floor and below the floor.
The width of the products is also significantly different. The model can only close the window (glass and frame), and can completely close the window opening (including slopes). Modern curtains can partially cover the wall framing the window opening, as well as almost completely close the wall with the window.
As for the features of choosing the length and width of the paintings, first of all, you need to take into account the style of sewing and the functional requirements for the products. It is also important to remember the different ways of installing different curtains: inside the window opening, on the frame, above the window opening, on the ceiling.
To the windowsill
Models up to the windowsill can also include products with a length of up to the middle of the window. The latter usually have the form of an arch, they allow you to hide only the upper part of the window opening. Their advantage is to protect the room from sunlight in the daytime, which does not interfere with the excellent access of natural light to the room. The curtains to the windowsill have a length that allows you to completely close the glass and frame (possibly the walls near the window opening). But at the same time, they do not lie on the windowsill itself. This option has many advantages. Short curtains are easier to care for (they are simply removed and cleaned regardless of style), they unobtrusively complement the general appearance of the room. Also do not interfere with easy access to plants or other objects located on the windowsill. Can be attached to the ceiling or wall, fixed above the window opening, mounted in the opening itself or on the frame.
Below the windowsill
Curtains of this type can only slightly cover the windowsill or go down 10-20 cm below it. These models look concise in any interior. Well suited for both bedrooms and children's rooms, and for kitchens. To open the window with such products comfortably, it is recommended to install a pair of hooks on the walls on the sides of the window or prepare special hooks. The advantage of this type of model is the high-quality closing of the entire area of the window opening in the daytime and at night. True, one cannot boast of a variety of styles suitable for such placement. Ideal for such an arrangement, classic, Austrian, French curtains. It is also worth considering that for protruding window sills with considerable depth, these models will be of little use.
To the floor
Under the curtains having a length of up to the floor, we mean fabrics that are located at a distance of 5-10 cm above the floor. They will be long enough to visually increase the height of the wall, but will not collect dust and debris below. Well placed for such placement are classic products, as well as Italian and Japanese models. Unusually, the threads to the floor, located in the bedroom of an adult or teenager, will look. Such threads will emphasize the originality of stylization and bring dynamism to the interior. In spacious rooms with small window sills (so that the fabric does not puff up in this area), long French blinds are allowed. They will give the overall appearance of the room a special charm and elegance.
Draperies to the floor will help to beautifully hide the batteries. But in addition, it is recommended to install plastic, metal or wooden screens on top of the elements of the heating system.
To and below the floor
The longest curtains that reach or fall on the flooring are a great option for living rooms. They emphasize the individual taste of the owners, contribute to the unusual stylization of the room. One of the most important advantages of such models is a visual increase in the height of the walls. In addition, when selecting fabrics that differ in color from the finish, you can achieve a visual separation of the room into several zones and beautifully highlight the window. The disadvantages of curtains in the floor include rapid contamination of the bottom of the canvas. Therefore, cleaning in rooms where such curtains will be hung must be carried out daily. Otherwise, maintaining the attractiveness of textiles simply will not work. The following styles are considered ideal for such a presentation: Italian and classic.
The length of the curtains depending on the style
When choosing the right curtain length, you can not forget about the stylistic direction created in the equipped room. After all, the length of the paintings will directly affect the perception of the interior. In addition, the same curtains (in the same style and from the same fabric), but with different lengths, will look completely different in a particular style. Our simple tip will help you find the best home solution:
- short models (to the middle of the window, to the windowsill);
In light colors, they will help to give lightness to a classic design or provence. In light gray, purple or pastel colors, comfort and restraint of stylization are emphasized (such options are optimal for the modern and urban areas). Gray, white (it is possible with black patches) rolled or Roman curtains will complement the modern, high-tech and Scandinavian style well. Cloths in bright colors will give dynamism to the design (but this option will only be appropriate in a teenage room, in the kitchen, in a plain bathroom).
- medium models (below the windowsill);
The "golden" middle, which will be appropriate in any direction. So, in the classic interior curtains in dark colors emphasize the solidity of design. In the loft and country, medium-length linen will complement the ease of decoration. And in Provence, white or checkered canvases will be a good setting for any window.
- long models (to the floor, to the floor and below).
Highlight originality, elegance and sophistication of design. A linen cloth of this length can be used in a loft design. Dark and neutral satin curtains are suitable for classics, urban style. Canvases with exquisite designs, fringe and lambrequins perfectly decorate Art Deco and Baroque.
The length of the curtains in different rooms
The possibility of using a particular style and type of curtains in a particular room depends on the purpose of the room. The longest canvases are allowed to be hung on the windows in the living rooms of adults and adolescents. In the remaining rooms, their location will be irrational: it will often be necessary to carry out cleaning and cloth cleaning. The average length of the curtains ensures ease of care, regardless of where they are placed. But at the same time, the variety of folds, the presence of complex weaving can lead to the problem of dust accumulation. Therefore, for kitchens and children recommended "standard" models of natural or semi-synthetic fabrics in a simple design. As for short curtains, they are universal and suitable for any room. But at the same time, such models in the bedroom or living room will not be able to emphasize all the individuality and originality of the situation. You also need to remember about the “correspondence” of the equipped room and the fabric used: they must be equal to each other in quality, direction, basic external characteristics (sophistication or simplicity, sophistication or “rough” presentation).
Curtains in the kitchen
A practical solution for the kitchen will be the choice of short curtains (to the middle of the window or to the windowsill) from straight fabrics or with a minimum number of waves. Caring for such models will be simple and will provide good natural light in the room. Optimal can be considered roll and classic short models. This can be a fabric of medium density or light translucent fabrics. It is not recommended to choose a model with a protruding pattern or too tight weaving for kitchens. Due to the characteristics of the cooking room, dust and grease particles will constantly accumulate in such canvases. And to maintain their attractive appearance will be quite difficult.
A good solution for the kitchen can be rolled curtains day-night. The presence of dense and translucent stripes will provide ease of adjustment of the brightness of natural light.
Curtains in the living room
Since the living room is designed for families and guests, in this room you can hang as bright simple curtains, and luxurious classic and Italian models. The choice should be directly based on the requirements of the owners and the atmosphere created in this room. So, in an elegant living room, Austrian, Italian models on the floor will look the best. But in a bright modern living room you can get by with short translucent curtains with bright patterns. Japanese models with a large pattern on each canvas will also look good. As for the rooms with bay windows, in which there is a sofa for relaxation, they can be decorated with curtains of any length. Such a corner will be well framed by simple roll models as well as exquisite Austrian curtains.
Curtains in the bedroom
In the modern bedroom (as well as modern and hi-tech), short curtains will look good, which will only complement the interior of the room. For rooms decorated in bright colors or having a non-standard design (baroque, art deco, provence), it is better to hang the canvas to the floor or floor. It is not recommended to select curtains with numerous assemblies if the owners want to emphasize the simplicity of design. And, on the contrary, to give luxury, fabrics with original presentation, complemented by patterns and decorated with lambrequins, will be needed. If you have a bay window or half-bay window, you should take care of the ceiling placement of a semicircular cornice, which will help to stylishly frame the window opening. Also, the highlight of the selected curtains in Provence or the classic direction can be a wooden pelmet. True, it should be selected in the appropriate pitch: for Provence in a white color, for a classic in a more strict dark brown color.
Curtains in the nursery
In the children's room, curtains to the windowsill and just below the windowsill will be appropriate. Long canvases cannot be considered a suitable option: if a child plays near the window, he may accidentally hook the product and, in the worst case, tear the curtains off the eaves. In children's rooms it is recommended to hang combined products: curtains with tulle. They will provide good protection of the room from the bright sun in the daytime (even if the child is no longer sleeping during the day), prevent the penetration of light from lamps, the moon into the room at night. The best options can be considered rolled, French, Austrian models. Stylishly complement the baby's room will be able and Roman curtains or pleated. True, it is better to clean multilayer canvases every day or every other day. This will maintain a healthy atmosphere in the room and eliminate the accumulation of dust in the folds of fabric.
Choosing the right fabric for sewing curtains or when buying finished products should be, taking into account all the characteristics of the material. These include density, appearance, ease of care. It’s easy and simple to choose what kind of fabric you will hang in your house in different rooms, the following hint will help:
- crepe: synthetic fabric, usually complemented by bright protruding patterns, well suited for simple styling;
- Jacquard: dense fabric with patterned weaving, can be plain or two-tone, a good curtain option for the bedroom and living room;
- organza and chiffon: translucent fabrics that can become full-fledged curtains or used for sewing light curtains;
- satin and satin: silk fabrics with a shiny surface will emphasize the originality of the interior, but will need careful gentle cleaning;
- Satin: natural fabric with loose weaving, combining simplicity and conciseness;
- linen: natural fabric with a rough weave, ideal for simple, unusual window frames.
How to calculate the amount of fabric for curtains
Ordering curtains or sewing them with your own hands requires accurate calculation of the right amount of fabric. For direct curtains without folds, it will be necessary to measure the width and height of the window (or wall). But if you want to make curtains with folds, then to the calculations you need to separately add the size of each assembly. Correctly calculate the desired width of the fabric cut for the curtains will help you with our simple coefficient table. The numbers indicated in it according to the number of folds or the type of fastening of the curtains must be multiplied by the previously measured width of the cornice (window). Additionally, add about 5-8 cm to the lateral fold of the fabric on both sides.
|The method of mounting the curtains to the ledge / assembly features||Multiplication factor|
|Hinged||x 1.5 -2|
|On grommets||x 2|
|On the curtain tape||For plain fabric - x 1, for fabric with a pattern from x 1.5 to x 3 (depending on the frequency of repetition of the pattern)|
|With pencil folds||x 2-2.5|
|Triple pleated||x 2-2.5|
|With puffs||x 2.5|
The length is determined as follows: the desired length of the curtain + 10 cm above and below for a neat turn of the material.
The presence of a horizontal pattern requires consideration of its repetition. According to the width of the fabric itself in the roll and the distance between the patterns, it is necessary to determine the optimal length of the desired fabric.
How to make measurements
Correct measurements of the window opening, as well as the cornice, to which the curtains will be attached, will help to correctly calculate the required footage of the finished product and not be mistaken when buying fabric. So, you need to measure the width as follows:
- For curtains that will frame only the frame and, accordingly, will be attached to the sash itself (rolled, Roman): the width of the glass of each individual sash is measured. 2-3 cm are added to the obtained lengths.
- For curtains fastened in a window opening or its middle: the width of the opening itself is measured.
- For curtains that will be attached to the curtain above the window opening or on the ceiling: the width of the opening + 20-40 cm (depending on the requirements for partial or full closing of the walls on the sides of the window).
As for the measurement of height, it should be carried out from the point of location of the cornice. For example, for a cornice on the ceiling for curtains on the floor, this distance can be 280 or 300 cm (according to the height of the ceiling in the room). For canvases to the floor with a wall arrangement of the cornice, the height size can be 220 or 250 centimeters. Accordingly, for models up to the windowsill, the length will be from 1.6 m or more.
How to choose the color of the canvas and with what to combine it
Selectable curtains can complement the selected color scheme of the room or become a bright window frame that sets it against the general background. The simplest options for choosing the right color of the canvas include the following schemes:
- According to the tone of the finish
Products should have a similar shade as the selected finish. In some cases, the color of the curtains identical to the color of the finish will be appropriate.
- According to the tone of furniture
Quite often, the color identity of curtains and furniture allows you to get a stylish and beautiful decoration of the room.
- By the tone of the textile
The identical colors of sofa cushions, carpet and curtains will help create beautiful accents in the overall design.
- Allocation of a balcony or relaxation area
For such a scheme, curtains and a pair of chairs (or a small sofa) in the same color are selected. Upholstered furniture will be located in front of the window, on the balcony or in the opposite corner of the room.
- Window opening selection
This option is appropriate for bright rooms. The selected curtains will act as a bright accent, attracting eyes to the window. It would be logical to decorate the windowsill with living plants, discreet pillows or other decor.
Having carefully studied the detailed information about the types of curtains and the rules for their selection for different rooms of the house, you can easily decorate your home. Consider their style, length and width when searching for suitable models. To correctly determine the desired canvas size, you will need to measure part of the window (and possibly the walls for long models in the floor with a length of 2.5-2.8 m), where the curtain will be located. Next, you need to calculate how much fabric will be needed to sew the product, and what parameters the finished model should have. Our coefficient table and helpful tips will help you easily find the right curtain size for standard or custom windows. You just have to choose the best material for quality, ease of care and stylistic presentation and start making original and stylish curtains.