Friday, October 11, 2013

How To Measure For Pleated Draperies & Rod

Measuring for draperies can be an arduous task to say the least. The first thing to do before measuring your windows for pleated draperies is to determine if you want a full view of the glass when your draperies are in an open position or a partial view. 
Take note of how much space is available on the left beyond the frame, then on right beyond the frame. This is the area where your draperies will stack back when they are open.
If the answer is yes to a full view, and ideally draperies should clear the window if there is enough room, follow these instructions.
 Measure for the width first.

Measure from the outside of the window frame (assuming there is a window frame)on the left to the outside of the window frame on the right. If there is no frame just measure the opening from left side to right to get the width of the window. Take this measurement and add 20% to what ever the measurement is. For example, if you measured 100 wide add 20 to that to totally 120.
Your traverse rod should extend to 120"
You will need to add 12" to the total for overlap in the middle and return on the left and right end.
In this example you will need a drapery that is 132" wide.  Split the difference if you are getting 2 panels.  If you are getting 4 panels divide the 132" by 4.
Now , lets get the measurement for the length of the drapery. Measure from the top of the frame ( if there is no frame from the top of the window) to where you want your draperies to end.  Usually draperies are 1/2" to 1" off  the floor.  Now, add 3 inches .  Your rod will usually be installed 3 " above the window trim.

That's basically all you have to do to measure for pleated draperies.

Vee Willis
Linda's Curtain Studio

Child Safety and Window Treatment Cords Beware!

It's  amazing to me how there are still parents that are unaware of the safety of there young children
when purchasing window treatments and curtain and drapery hardware. 
Unfortunately, each year many young children die due to strangulation on drapery, blind, and shade cords.  The window treatment industry has done  a great deal by recalling products, issuing repair kits and informing the public of this hazard.  The standards for window covering manufacturers are high, but there is still work to be done with getting the word to consumers.

There can never really be enough said to warn consumers of the danger of loose dangling cords.  Some consumers purchase homes where there are existing window covering with older venetian blinds and roman shades with dangling cords. They live with dangerous cords thinking "it will not happen to my children" and lets face it window coverings can be expensive.
If a consumer faces this situation they can contact the window coverings organization and request a free retro kit to secure dangling cords.

I  suggest the minimum amount of secured cords in a home with small child and absolutely  not in the child's bedroom.  If you find that you do have the traverse rods in a child's room make sure that the cord is attached to a tension pulley.
 Traverse rods are traditional and very practical for draperies, but have to be installed correctly with cords secured to a pulley.  Cordless traverse rods are a safe alternative to corded traverse rods if you have small children
A child's safety is of the utmost importance and the consumer has to know that it just takes a little time and effort to be safe.
Vee Willis
Linda's Curtain Studio