-     The Process Of Making Curtains

    -   Cellular Shades and Other Window

           Treatments Proven to Save Energy Costs



The Process Of Making Curtains Is Easier Than Ever Before    by Roger King

Looking for elegant window treatment ideas? One way of achieving it is by draping or swaging fabric loosely around a rod, and just letting the fabric pond on the floor, or fall at any length along the sides of the window. Depending on the fabric, you may only need to hem the ends for those who do not sew.

Nowadays, dressing a window involves establishing decorative schemes with fabrics and taking advantage of the visual potential of curtain accessories such as edgings, tiebacks, cornices, and valances. Ready-made tiebacks of cord and rope, complete with tassels, can be bought, or you can make your own out of fabric in a variety of shapes.

Begin by examining your practical requirements; take into account the shape and size of your windows, the need for privacy, and the overall decorative style and color scheme of the room. Before you begin to make your curtains, you must decide on the type of hanging system you intend to use. You may wish to add accessories and fixture to your curtain hanging system that allows you to completely personalize your curtains.

Hanging fabric over a window or door creates a strong visual focus in any room. The amount of fabric needed is affected by the width of the opening, type of hanging system style. Translucent fabric makes ideal curtain material when daytime privacy is desired. For the most part, the effect of a curtain will determine the character of a room.

Unlined fabric may be well suited to frequent washing, so curtains made from this material are particularly appropriate for the most extensively used rooms of a home, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Finding a trimming of a curtain weight, size, pattern, and color to suit your particular curtain fabric should not be difficult because of the wide range of trimmings that exists.

About the Author

About The Author: Roger King has been involved in window treatment ideas for several years, and has been helping people find and review the best value for window treatment solutions. Visit his web site to learn more about this service.


Cellular Shades and Other Window Treatments Proven to Save Energy Costs  by Harry Delp

With the rising costs of fuel in the United States people's wallets aren't only taking hits at the gas pump, but they are also taking hits on their home or apartment utility bills. However, there is good news for the energy consumer. The United States Department of Energy has reported that window treatments such as cellular shades can reduce energy waste and therefore energy costs by some 20 percent each year. The average family can save around $325 per year on energy costs by using energy efficient window coverings.

"Nowadays you have to save as much money as possible to pay for the rising costs of fuel," says Harry Delp, an expert on window shades and window treatments. "It only makes sense to install shades that have been proven by the United States Department of Energy to save you money."

Not all window coverings are created equal in their ability to reduce energy consumption and waste. Window Quilts are the most energy efficient but have functional styling limitations. Bamboo blinds, wood blinds, and mini blinds offer varying degrees of insulation, but without some kind of privacy liner attached the insulating value offered is minimal.

Cellular shades on the other hand are aesthetically appealing, offer a wide variety of hardware upgrades, and offer the highest level of insulation second only to window quilts.

Cellular shades are available in room darkening, light filtering, and complete blackout. They are available in 3/8", 1\2" and 3\4" cells. Cellular shades have air pockets between the layers of fabric which trap air and prevent escape. The more cells, the higher the R-value.

In an attempt to increase the energy efficiency level of their cellular shades, Comfortex Window Fashions based in New York, developed a unique upgrade called the ComfortTrack™ Energy Saving Sidetrack System.

When a cellular shade is combined with this energy efficient sidetrack system a tough barrier is formed between the frame and the fabric resulting in an increased level of privacy and a thermal performance ranking as high as five times higher than that of a regular pane window. This treatment has been successful for even the most uneconomical windows in the windiest conditions.

Cellular shades can be purchased conveniently through the Internet which will save you even more with the rising costs of fuel. Some websites selling cellular shades and other window coverings offer free shipping on all orders within the main 48 states.

About the Author

Harry Delp is the CEO of Accent Blinds & Shades. They sell cellular shades, window blinds, and other window coverings online at They also offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders up to 96" wide within the continental United States.