You only get one chance to make a first impression, so getting your decor just right is essential when designing and decorating your new office space. Sometimes your budget is stretched and vertical blinds seem the fast, economical way to go. BORING! Don't skimp on your commercial window treatments: done right, they help paint an image of your business and its personality – formal, relaxed, or somewhere in between. Windows not only determine how you look out into the world, they also set the mood for how you feel within a room, and how your customers will feel about you before they've ever met you. The moldings, the view, the shape and the way light filters through – all of these elements are affected by the window treatments you choose. So let's learn how to DIY some window treatments. Ready? Let's go!
In this guide you’ll find some helpful hints, a quick lesson in drapery terminology and a handy worksheet to let you create the windows you’ve always imagined. Drapes of rich velvet or luxurious silk will frame a window in softness. Breezy voile or layers of sheer organdy will set a more casual, airy tone. Oversized drapes will pool on the floor for added drama. A sheer drape layered beneath a more substantial one will add dimension, filter light and increase privacy. Functional, decorative and architectural elements all play into your choice of fabrics and finishes. Proper measurements and hardware are also essential.
Find Your Style: Formal, Understated, or Somewhere in Between?
Dark, rich fabrics like velvet and silk tend to drape in lustrous folds with a structured shape. Lighter weight, subtly-colored fabrics, such as voile and organdy, complement a relaxed atmosphere and add fresh, free-flowing feel of spaciousness. For a tailored look, use the exact amount of fabric needed to cover the width of the window frame. For a fuller, more dramatic presentation, use additional panels to create generous gathers. You can layer drapes to mix textures, fabrics and colors to great effect. For example, silk and voile make a distinctive pairing.Try deep-colored velvet with an airy, neutral-colored sheer or use coordinating colors for a tone-on-tone look. Even the way the drape attaches to the rod plays a part in the overall feel.
Top treatments include:
Light & Privacy: Choosing the Right Fabric
The amount of light and privacy you desire makes a difference when choosing fabrics. Think about how the room is used and how sunlight filters in throughout the day. If you’d like to block light, protect artwork and furnishings from sun damage, or conserve heat, heavier fabrics work well. To brighten your room, choose a lighter weight fabric.
Drapery Hardware: The Basics
Rods, finials and holdbacks are the finishing touches for your windows. Wooden finishes give your window a classic look and pair well with heavier drapes. Metal finishes are a bit more contemporary, making a versatile match for a wide range of drapery. To finish the look, add coordinating holdbacks. RODS – are usually mounted 4" above the window.To add height to a room, mount the rod closer to the ceiling. If you want a layered look for your drapes, choose a double rod or convert an existing single rod into a double with a conversion kit.
HANGING DRAPES – There are three different ways to hang pole pocket drapes: pole pocket, clip ring and round ring. Please refer to the illustrations below to ensure drapes are properly hung from the rod.
Hardware for Hanging: Clips versus Rounds
DRAPERY RINGS are easy to use and help panels slide smoothly along a rod. Types of rings include:
How to Measure for Draperies
Now that you’ve chosen the style, fabric and hardware, you’re ready to begin measuring:
More on Measuring
Drapery lengths are measured from the top of the fabric to the bottom. For example, pole pocket and tab top drapes are measured from the top of the pole pocket or tab to the bottom of the hem. Drapes with decorative tops, such as rings, tie tops or
grommets are measured from the top of the panel, not including the decorative element. Consider the length of the top treatment when determining the length needed. For example, grommet drapes will hang 1" shorter than the top to bottom measured length of the drape since the drape is hung from grommets that sit 1" down from the top of the drape. When double & clip rings are used with pole pocket drapes, the drapes will hang 1 1/2" longer than the measured length of the drape.
Care and Longevity of your Draperies
When cared for properly, your window treatments will be a lasting investment.
Do It Yourself
So are you ready to start decorating your office space? We've included a handy downloadable worksheet for the project! And of course, if you decide your time is too limited to embark on this project, we can do it for you -- click here for details!
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