Saturday, 11 January 2014

Window coverings you can create in minutes

If you have period property full of character and charm, there are probably all sorts of wonderful features that make your house feel like home. One of the most common features of period properties is traditional sash windows. However, the original windows are likely only single-glazed, leaving for a cold and draughty house.

If you are unable to have them repaired or replaced with modern versions that mimic the traditional style, you may wish to dress your windows to keep the heat in. Here are a few great ways to cover your windows in just a few minutes, without losing any of the charm of the sashwindow.

Reuse old sheets

Curtains are the most common type of window covering, but you don’t have to splurge on a costly pair to treat your windows. Oh no, just a few old flat sheets or tablecloths will do the trick. Even if you don’t have any old linen lying around, buying new linens is often cheaper than investing in curtains. All you need to hang them is a curtain pole and a few ring clips.

Dress up plain curtains

Once you’ve made your curtains from that old linen, or ended up buying some plain ones, you can dress them up a bit with some embellishments. Match your new window dressings to your décor by creating flowers or other patterns for the fabric. You only need a needle and thread, some fabric glue and perhaps a few beads or other decorations.

Add a valance

If you want a slightly different look for your fabulous home, how about creating a valance? There are two slightly different, but equally simple designs to choose from. For the super-quick version, you will need a 2x4 piece of wood, some fabric, a stapler and a few screws. To go a bit fancier, make a tie-up valance by adding a ribbon, which can be used to tie it up.

Fringed curtains

Last, but not least, these quirky curtains make a great feature. Rather than the solid curtain, you’ll cut them up into strips, dying each one a different colour. You could either go for different shades of one colour or multi-coloured. Once died and dried, tie each piece to a curtain rod and cut to length.

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