draperies, accurate measuring is essential to en-
sure that the window treatment works.
Measure the width and height of the window
in at least three places before ordering, buying
or beginning to sew any window treatment
Settling may have occurred in the house and
changed the shape of the window, or the origi-
nal craftsmanship may not have ended up ex-
In addition, measure the inside and outside
frames, as well as the length from rod position
to the sill and floor.
The type of window and amount of light dic-
tates the type of treatment that should be used.
The type of window
and amount of I.
dictates the imbued.
Window treatments in less formal rooms, like
the kitchen or bath, generally are simple — cafe
curtains that hide only half the window, for ex-
ample — and can be hung on small metal ten-
For more formal looks — in the living room
or bedroom, for example — decorative valances,
sheers and draperies may require as many as
three or four sets of rods, as well as a cornice
or valance to cover up all the rigging.
As an alternative, sturdy, decorative poles
made of metal or wood will support weighty treat-
ments and can be painted, stained and used with
decorative finials in the shape of pineapples or
lion heads. Decorative brackets can be used to
support the pole.
Virtually every hardware and fabric store will
have someone familiar with window treatments
who can help in choosing brackets, bolts, rods
and other rigging, but here are a few window-
dressing definitions to start you on your way:
• Valance. Horizontal top treatment to con-
ceal rods and give a finished appearance.
• Cornice. Decorated top treatment usual-
ly constructed of plywood, which can be padded
and covered with fabric or decorated in any num-
ber of ways.
• Swag. An arc of fabric which hangs in folds
and frames the entire window.
• Final. Decorative end on a decorative rod.
• Double hung draperies. Two sets on the
same window, usually sheer and over-drapery,
that traverse separately.
• Balloon shade. A fabric shade controlled
by tapes so that it blouses or balloons when
• Roman shade. A fabric shade controlled
by tapes so it moves up and down accordion fash-
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