Let the Light in With Closet Curtains

Closet curtains bring a unique, decorative touch to any room in your modern house. As closet door replacement, you can choose either drapes or sheer. With the sheer variety, you get an airy, light and billowy feel. However, the design does not have much to give when it comes to protecting your privacy unlike with drapes that fall back in place every time you open it.

Beaded curtains are another unique design to consider. They are stylish and perfect for use in your children’s room. With curtains as your closet cover, you do not have to worry that your child will accidentally lock himself inside the closet or bang his head on the door or close the door on his hand. Here are some examples of closet curtains from online retailers (Amazon, jcpenney.com, etc).

Beaded Curtain, Raindrops Pink Iridescent:

The strands of this beaded curtain are attached to one rod and ready to hang. The heavy-duty acrylic beads have beautiful iridescent coating, making the curtain perfect for use in almost all rooms in your house, including bedroom, pantry and laundry. The sparkling look of the gem can be mesmerizing and attractive. The available sizes are 35 inches in width by 70 inches in length. You can shop this beaded curtain for a retail price of $18.99.

Shari II Lace Door Panel:

This soft, subtle yet elegant lace curtains can bring an element of romance into your home. This curtain, which is part of the JCPenney Home Collection, uses a lace of scalloped polyester jacquard. It features shirr on its 1-inch clear rod. Available sizes are 45 inches in width by 45 inches in length and 45 inches in width by 80 inches in length. Color options are cool white, dusty mauve, antique bronze, linen and rich burgundy. Sale prices range from $6.99 to $11.99.

Linden Street Sheer Door Panel:

These sheer but thick drapes help block excess light from going into the area it encloses, thus giving your room that airy and light feeling. You have a choice of two styles and many colors, including green clay, chocolate, desert khaki, cinnamon brandy, light indigo, lake mist, Stonehenge, rustic red, toffee and soft cream. It measures 54 inches in width and 72 inches in length. It sells for a discounted price of $14.99.

PVC Door Curtain:

This door curtain is easy to install. It helps reduce draught, welding flash, dust, noise and spray. Available grades are standard, polar, ribbed and welding quality while the standard sizes are 200x2x50 meters, 300x2x50 meters, 300x3x50 meters, 400x4x50 meters, 1000x2x20 meters, 1000x3x20 meters and 1000x5x20 meters. Colors available are green, red and bronze.

Classic Check Door Panel by Waverly:

This windowpane plaid Linden door panel has a Velcro which is used to attach to the door. You can use the Velcro tabs to fold or roll and secure the door panel in place. The material is washable cotton and comes in color choices of crimson, sage, black, dark chocolate and marine blue. It measures 26 inches wide by 68 inches long. You can buy this door panel at jcpenney.com for $35.99.

Lt.Purple Voile w/Stitching Door Curtain and Window Wall Hanging:

This pure cotton door curtain measures 92 inches by 42 inches. You can use this as room dividers, drapes or window curtains. It sells under item number CT12-p1-5-IA for only $19.99.

The Advantages of Ready-Made Curtains

Curtains help to bring out the zest of a room. They lend an air of light heartedness and set the tone of the room. Old Victorian homes had heavy velvet drapes adorning the windows, whereas compact, serviceable, and chic curtains grace a modern London house. Interior designers sometimes deliberately put in curtains even in rooms where there are no windows to give an impression of spaciousness. Now, that might help a claustrophobic!

If you want curtains, you have mainly three options – make them yourself, have a designer make them for you, or buy readymade curtains. Readymade curtains have a number of advantages over homemade or designer made curtains.

The foremost advantage of readymade curtains is that they are far cheaper than the other varieties. This means that you can adorn your rooms with as elegant or as stylish curtains as you like and that too within an affordable budget.

Readymade curtains are cheaper because they are mass produced. This means that the same design is reproduced a number of times in a batch. This reduces the production cost of the curtains, which automatically lowers the price of the curtains. Moreover, you can choose exactly and only what you like.

You will not have to stick them out like you would if a designer makes them for you. Even if the curtains a designer makes for you are very pretty, but you would not like them if they are not exactly what you actually wanted. However, since you paid an insanely exorbitant price for them, you will be bound to hang them in your room even if you don’t like them at all, buying readymade curtains saves you a lot of time.

It might have been well and good for a house wife a couple of hundred years ago to sew them herself, but in today’s fast paced metropolitan life, no woman has enough time to add frills and ribbons to yards of fabric. So, you better leave it to those who do it for a living (and hence, do them a favour too – specially in this time of an economic slump!).

You can never match up to the neat and professional finish that readymade curtains have. If you sew them yourself, you are bound to tuck in a few disarrayed threads or corners to hide a wrong cut! With readymade curtains, you can check for errors while buying them so that when the curtains adorn your home later on, they are perfect and sans defect.

Also, we can never neglect the convenience that readymade curtains bring with them. Imagine planning to sew together a pair of curtains. First you will get the fabric. Then you will stop at another shop for embellishments before you come home. Once you sit down at your sewing machine, you may figure out that you do not have a matching thread – and there you go to the shops again…and then again for the fixtures. Convenience is definitely ‘the’ word!

Lined Curtains and Draft Excluders to the Rescue

With energy bills at an all time high, home owners are looking for ways in which they can save money around the house. Reducing the amount we have to use, the heating and cooling systems in our house can bring down our gas and electricity bills by tens of pounds, leaving you with a little bit extra disposable cash to spend on the things in life that really matter. All of the advice in this article focuses on cheap changes that can add pleasant aesthetic features to your home and reduce the risk of fire your house faces.

Draft excluders. For most of us they conjure up images of the 70s, old people’s houses and sausage dogs. They have not enjoyed a favourable reputation and only recently have their designs come to resemble anything remotely trendy. All that has now changed with the advent of caring consumerism, as the environment has come into the fore and we look for ways to save money. Textile manufacturers have designed fashionable, discreet draft excluders that will blend in to your home’s style and reduce the need for extra heating in well used rooms of your home. If you do not have drafts coming into your living room, there will be less need for gas or wood burning fires.

Also effective in reducing the need for central heating systems are lined curtains. Although they are slightly more expensive than non-lined curtains, the extra backing on the material has several cost reducing benefits. The lining material has insulation qualities that keep rooms hot in winter and cool in summer. If you are a light sleeper or work nights, blackout lining will make your room completely dark. Because less light is able to enter a room when they are closed, there is less risk of your furniture and the front panel of the curtains fading, caused by UV rays from the sun. On top of this, the lining on the curtains can reduce the level of outside noise entering your home, so if you are affected by a background murmur from a road or park, you will hear less of this. The insulating and noise absorbing benefits are a cheaper alternative to thermal and acoustic insulation which can be costly to fit, and they will still save you money off your household bills.

Insulation is always going to reduce the amount of wasted heat escaping from your home and costing you money. The same goes for boilers. If you have a hot water boiler in your house, fit it with an insulating jacket to reduce the amount of heat it loses and reduces it’s running costs. These can be purchased from hardware stores and fitted by you easily.

The final tip is to turn things off. We all know that lights and appliances cost money to run, but we still leave them on unnecessarily. Use energy efficient light bulbs and turn them off when you leave the room. Do not leave your TV on standby, it is one of the biggest users of electricity and a fire hazard. Switching appliances off at the plug and using lights less is an easy way to knock more money off your bills.

None of these tips should scare you, they are easy, cheap and very efficient. You can make draft excluders with your children by stuffing old newspaper into a stocking or long sock and you can buy curtain lining that you can attach to your current curtains if you really like the style, although lined curtains do come in as many styles and colours as ordinary curtains. Follow this advice and save money, you would be a fool not to.