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TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS
Window Treatment Tips
How to Measure
Inside Mount Installation
Measure the exact distance to the nearest 1/8” between the inside surfaces of the window frame at the top, middle, and bottom, and use the narrowest width. Do not make any width deductions.
To Find Height:
Measure the exact distance to the nearest 1/8” from the inside surface at the top of the window to the sill at the left middle and right and use the longest height. If you prefer the blind not to touch the sill, deduct ¼”. If there is no sill, measure height to the point where the blind is to reach.
Outside Mount Installation
Measure the exact distance to the nearest 1/8” between the outermost points where the blind is to be placed. For optimum light control, this measurement should extend ¾” beyond the window opening on each side (or 1 ½” for the entire width).
To Find Height:
Measure the exact distance to the nearest 1/8” from where the top of the blind will be located to the top of the sill. If there is no sill or if the blind is to overlap the window frame, measure to the point the blind is to reach.
Steps for Decorating with Blinds
What's Your Space?
Your needs will depend on the room you are looking to decorate. For example, blackout fabrics are best suited for bedrooms, while dens or living rooms require glare-reducing fabrics for watching television and filtering light.
Your room’s level of sun exposure will depend on the direction it faces. Rooms facing east will get bright morning sun, while rooms facing west will be exposed to intense afternoon heat and light. You can protect these high-exposure rooms with automated blinds and UV-protecting fabrics.
Is Safety a Concern?
If you have small children or pets, long cords can be a hazard. Most of our window coverings offer cordless or automation options. Automation is also helpful for hard-to-reach shades.
Finally, a window covering should enhance the atmosphere of your space. Choose a style and fabric that complements your decorating taste. Shades of red, gold and pink are warm colours, while shades of blue, grey and green are cooler colours.
Caring for Your Drapes
Use the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to vacuum heavier curtains. For lightweight curtains, an occasional shaking is more practical to protect delicate fabric.
Remove all hardware from your curtains before washing. When washing curtains, be sure to check the care label first. If you’re in doubt about your curtains, try spot testing a small corner with a mix of water and detergent. Most washable curtains will need to be washed in cold water with a small amount of laundry detergent.
Drying Your Drapes
Either line drying or using a low setting on a clothes dryer will work for washable curtains. Remove the curtains from the dryer before they are 100% dry. Shoot for about 95% dry. Over-drying will set wrinkles, but removing curtains while still slightly damp makes ironing them a super simple job.
Ironing Your Drapes
A quick ironing will be all that is needed. Replace your curtain hardware and then re-hang your curtains.
Delicate lace and sheer curtains may benefit from being hand washed or machine washed inside a mesh bag. This prevents fraying and damage. Even the sturdiest curtain fabrics will weaken with exposure to sunlight. Use caution with your curtains, especially if they’ve served your windows for an extended period of time.