Category Archives for Soft Furnishings

Types of Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and rugs Carpets are a popular option, but the choice — even before you consider colour or design — is immense. What they are made of and how they are made affects their feel and durability. Read labels carefully … Continue reading

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Types of Window Blinds and Shades

Blinds come in materials other than fabric: metal, paper, wood and plastic are the notable ones. In style they range from the crisp, graphic quality of Venetian blinds to the soft, diffused effect of slatted wood and split cane. Most … Continue reading

03. June 2011 by admin
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Making a Roman Blind

Roman blinds can be fitted to either recessed or unrecessed windows. If the window is recessed, you can hang the blind inside or outside: inside the recess, the board can be fixed to the recess ceiling; outside, secure it to … Continue reading

03. June 2011 by admin
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Fabric Blinds and Shades

Fabric blinds make versatile, practical and attractive alternatives to curtains. Unlike curtains, they do not provide much insulation against heat loss, but they are more economical to make since you need much less fabric. Styles range from plain, utilitarian roller … Continue reading

03. June 2011 by admin
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Interior Design: Curtains, Pelmets and Tie Backs

Special Effects Curtains can be given added impact if you dress them with pelmets (cornices) and fabric tie-backs. Both of these details are practical as well as decorative — pelmets hide the curtain heading and track, while tie-backs hold curtains … Continue reading

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Making Curtains: Linings and Tab Top Headings

Linings and Tab Top Headings Locked-in Lining This is the professional way to line curtains. The lining is stitched to the curtain fabric with vertical rows of loose stitches. This results in the fabric hanging better. The technique is particularly … Continue reading

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Making Unlined Curtains and Sheer Curtains

Sheers and Unlined Curtains The typical sheer curtain is the net curtain, long used in conjunction with outer curtains to provide daytime privacy and to filter strong sunlight. Almost any kind of light, semi-transparent fabric can serve the purpose —muslin, … Continue reading

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Curtain Treatments: Headings, Tracks and Poles

Curtain Treatments The practical purposes of curtains are to provide privacy and warmth, to exclude light completely or partially, and to screen unwelcome views. But the type of window treatment you select for a particular location depends also on the … Continue reading

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Interior Design Window Treatments: Curtains

WINDOW TREATMENTS A window is a natural focal point, and so a window treatment can set the whole style of a room. The range of effects you can create is very wide: from the delicacy of lace panels to the … Continue reading

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Types of Matting for Different Purposes

Matting Cheap and practical, matting is woven either from a variety of natural fibres or from coloured plastic strands. It makes a simple cheerful alternative to more expensive surfaces. Some types can be laid wall to wall, most can be … Continue reading

03. June 2011 by admin
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