Window Treatments: Curtains and Drapes: Tips and Advice

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How To Choose The Best Window Coverings For Your Home

There are so many options when it comes to curtains and drapes that it can be difficult to know which is the best choice for your home. So, here are a few tips and definitions to help make the decision a bit easier.

Curtain Styles and Lengths

  • Single panel curtains are made up of just that: a single curtain panel that can be swept to one side with a tieback.
  • Double panels are the most popular style of curtains and drapes. The look is streamlined and classic. They can either be pushed one to each side of the window and left hanging on their own, or tiebacks can be used to hold them open. The first look is simple, the second a little more elegant.

While panels can be hung on a curtain rod by themselves, they can also be given an entirely different look with the help of a valance. A valance that runs across the top of the curtains gives them a more feminine and romantic appearance. Similarly, a structured pelmet that runs across the top will lend a contained and sophisticated air.



When it comes to length, remember that longer is better than shorter. Curtains should just brush the floor, break the floor by an inch or two, or puddle on the floor by a few extra inches. The first look is crisp and tailored, the second a little more relaxed, and the third lush and romantic. It’s best not to go with short curtains, as the look is now considered quite outdated. If the window in question can’t accommodate long curtains, try shades or blinds rather than short curtains. For window sizes and more tips, visit Canadian Choice and have a look at their calculators and guides. They manufacture custom made windows and doors, so it should be easy to find what you are looking for there.

Custom Curtains versus Ready-Made Curtains

Custom curtains are wonderful if the budget allows, or if you’re handy with a sewing machine. Custom curtains allow for more variation in terms of size and fabric options. On the other hand, ready-made drapes are less expensive, they can be purchased quickly and returned if they don’t work, and there are a lot of options available.

Curtain Fabrics: Pros and Cons

  • Cotton is versatile and easy to clean, but can sometimes be a bit stiff.
  • Velvet is luxurious and is heavy enough to provide good privacy, however the look can be too heavy for some rooms.
  • Sheers are graceful and elegant and still allow some light in, but they don’t offer much in the way of privacy.
  • Silk is refined and beautiful but will likely need to be lined to ensure adequate privacy.
  • Linen can be light or heavy depending on whether or not it’s lined.
  • Wool is better suited to traditional rooms. It’s a bit heavy, but it’s quite strong and can support accessories like fringe and tassels.
  • Microfibers such as ultrasuede can look luxurious and are very easy to clean. But like velvet, they can look a little heavy in some rooms.

When it comes to curtains and drapes there are a lot of options. But as long as you take the proper measurements, plan your needs appropriately, and stick to your chosen style, you’ll end up with the right window coverings for your home.

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How To Renovate Your Bathroom Cabinets

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Updating bathrooms are at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists when it comes to room renovations and updates. Replacing old bathroom cabinets are a cost effective way in which to accomplish this. They are available in a plethora of sizes, styles, and colors. You can purchase them in any local or big box hardware store, and bathroom fixture supply centers.

Please note: The term bathroom cabinets include bathroom vanities as well.

Once you have chosen the cabinet(s) that fit your style, and budget, the next decision is to either hire a contractor to install the unit(s), or do the job yourself. Although taking the job on yourself may sound overwhelming, it really is not as hard as you may think. There are plenty of books that provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to properly remove the old cabinets and install the new ones.

If you learn better by seeing the process, many of the big box hardware stores teach free weekend classes on various do it yourself home improvements including bathroom cabinet replacement. Doing the removal and installation yourself will save a lot of money that can be used towards other fun and effective bathroom updates. In addition you will experience a great sense of satisfaction and pride by learning to do something that you never thought possible.

If replacing the bathroom cabinets is not in your budget, all is certainly not lost. There are other cost effective ways to give your bathroom that fresh new look that you desire. Instead of replacing the cabinet(s) you can paint or stain them. The project will only take a couple of hours, and the paint or stain, with supplies and materials should cost you under fifty dollars. Since you will already have the painting supplies out, and are in gear to paint, it is the perfect time to add a fresh coat on the walls. Paint is an extremely cost effective way to change the look and feel of your bathroom. Use a color or colors that contrast with the new cabinet color.

Changing the cabinet(s) handles and knobs, otherwise know as hardware, is another great way to update the look of your bathroom without breaking the bank. Anyone that owns a screwdriver can perform this task. You can typically purchase new handles and knobs for as low as one dollar each, and it only takes a minute or two at best to replace the old hardware.

If the cabinet you are working on is the vanity, than you should give serious consideration to replacing the old faucet with a new one. You can purchase them in the same store that you bought the cabinet. There are many brands, styles, and colors to chose from, so you will be able to easily find a faucet that is perfect for your taste. There is also a wide range of prices, and the fancy models tend to get expensive. That being said, many fixtures are available for well under one hundred dollars.

A brand new faucet combined with an updated or new vanity will provide an entirely new look for your bathroom. In addition, changing out the faucet is a project that you can do yourself. You only need a few basic tools, and there are books that provide step-by-step instructions on how to do it properly. The big box hardware stores also teach classes on weekends if you are more of a visual learner.

Renovating your bathroom cabinets yourself will not only update the room, it will save a lot of money. You will also feel a great sense of accomplishment every time you step into the bathroom. Give it a go this weekend, and knock that bathroom renovation project off of your list.

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