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    Non-working Curtains

    People often decide on non-working curtains for reasons of cost - the budget for a window treatment often has the final say and ultimately dictates the clients decision. However, the curtains must look as full as possible giving the illusion that they are working curtains and would cover the window when required.

    When calculating the curtain width we generally multiply the width of the tracking by the required fullness for the desired curtain heading - This calculation can still be used for non-working curtains but applied to only 2/3rds of the tracking.

    eg. 300cm track based on non-working curtains:

    2/3rds of track = 200cm.

    200 x 2.5 = 500 divide this figure by 2, left and right curtain

    500 / 2 = 250 divide this figure by the fabric width, which in the case of this example is: 140cm

    250 / 140 = 178 widths per curtain. I would round this up to 2 widths in each curtain.

    You could decide to multiply the tracking by 2 if you wish, but applying a simple formula will ensure uniformity on all window treatments. A fuller look can also be achieved by interlining non-working curtains.

    Dress Curtains:

    Dress curtains in my opinion are a different story and are easily explained by looking at this picture. The picture shows a well dressed window with a functioning roman blind and a set of dress curtains. The curtains cover 2/3rds of the pole and in this case the required amount of fabric has been dictated by the horizontal pattern repeat. They have been made like this as part of the whole window treatment and not because of budget restrictions.

    Any questions or comments here please
    MyDecozo Admin