Decorating your home is always an enjoyable activity. Following the latest trends in home design is alright as long as you do not overdo it. Updating the look of your windows can be done instantly with the right curtain materials and accessories.
Curtain tapes, hooks and headings will never go out of style. You can attach your curtain to a pole using a heading. This is the decorative top of the curtain. Headings are made with the help of curtain tapes while some types are hand-stitched to precision.
Curtain tape materials
Curtain tapes are usually made from strips of fabric and have pockets to insert a drawstring in between. The curtain heading tapes need to be sewn on the curtain to keep the drawstring in place. The drawstring is used to gather the fullness of the curtain in an attractive and decorative way. Hooks are then inserted in the slots of curtain tapes before attaching on the rings of the curtain pole or track.
Most types of curtain tapes can accommodate a single-prong hook usually made of aluminum, nylon, plastic or brass. Plastic curtain hooks are best for supporting sheer and lightweight curtains. Metal hooks will do well with heavier curtains and drapes. When inserting hooks into curtain tapes, it is important to place them in the right slot.
The amount of fabric that you will need will depend on your curtain heading. Curtains tapes differ in how much fabric they can gather. This will also affect the overall appearance of the curtain. Cotton tapes are usually preferred because they allow you to create firmer pleats. You can also easily tie and untie cords as you please.
If you prefer self-styling tapes, they can be bought in different styles and sizes. The most versatile of them all is the sew-in tape because they can both be attached to lined or unlined curtains. Another type of self-styling tape is the fusible tape which is best for unlined curtains. If used on certain types of fabric, the fusible tape can alter the appearance of your curtain on the right side. Since most self-styling tapes make stiff curtain headings, they are best for stationary window drapes and curtains. Pinch pleat tapes are commonly used in short and long curtains. They usually measure in 2 ½ to 1 inch in fullness. Pleat tapes suppliers can recommend sizes and measurements based on curtain and hook type.
If you are having trouble deciding on the right headers for your curtains, you can consult home decorating magazines and articles for photos of each header. In this way, you will have an idea on how your curtains will look. You can bring a sample photo to curtain tapes suppliers to help you buy the exact kind.