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How to fit net curtains :: Posted by: Admin on April 16th, 2012
How to fit net curtains
Net curtains are traditionally used for giving privacy as well as giving style and interest to a window. Fitting net curtains is a fairly straight forward process, first you will need to measure the window and buy your curtains.
To measure the window
Take a tape measure and measure the width of the window, you will need to consider how much gathering you would like and you will need to multiply the width of the window by 1.5, 2 or 2.5 times. It can depend on the pattern as well as personal choice. Next you will need to measure the drop / height of the window, you may be able to get a standard drop curtain that is the correct height and width but you may have to have them cut to size for you.
Curtain rod or curtain wire
Don’t forget to buy either a net curtain rod or a net curtain wire, the net wire is the cheapest option, with the spring loaded curtain rod be the most expensive. Fitting a wire involves more cutting and measuring where as the rods do not need any cutting or trimming. Again it is personal choice and budget as to which one you buy, but you will need one or the other.
Fitting the curtain
Firstly you will need to gather the tools your require:
- A drill
- A small drill bit or bradawl
- A pencil
Assuming your fitting a net curtain wire, you will need to make a small hole at the top of the window frame at either side to fit the ‘eyes’ to the frame, next fit a ‘hook’ to one end of the wire, then hang this on one of the eyes on the window frame, next hold the wire along the top of the frame and mark the wire with a pencil mark where you are going to cut the wire remembering you will be fitting a hook to the end of the wire, the wire will need to be taught enough not to sag in the middle but not too tight that it pulls the eyes out of the frame.
Now you need to cut the wire on the pencil mark with a pair of pliers, once cut you can add the final hook to the end of the wire.
Hanging the curtain
Now that the two eyes are fitted to the window frame and the wire has been cut to the correct length and the two hooks have been fitted to the wire you are ready to hang the net curtain. Thread the wire through the top header hem, now attach one hook onto one of the eyes, then pull the wire tight and attach the final hook on the eye.
Another one of those small DIY jobs that helps improves your home.