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How much does it cost to install new curtains

You could go online and find a ballpark estimate for the cost to install new curtains. However, if you want a more accurate estimate about how much you might pay to have new curtains installed, you need some specific information about your project. You’ll need to know how big the curtains need to be (keep in mind that the curtains will be longer than the windows if you want to give the illusion of having more vertical space), you’ll need to know how many windows need dressing, and you’ll have to price out the cost of various kinds of curtains.

Curtain installation contractors will likely charge more for more complex or bigger projects. Labor rates may vary according to your locale, and the availability of skilled pros. You may be able to save money on labor by having several sets of curtains installed at one time. To get an accurate estimate for the cost of curtain installation, have a pro come to your home to offer a detailed, written estimate.

Should I hire someone to do curtain installation

It may be tempting to install your own curtains. If you have the right tools, are good at taking exact measurements, and have a good eye for design you might be quite good at curtain installation. But if you have a host of home improvement projects on your to-do list, or get impatient with measuring and dealing with details, if may make sense to hire a pro to do your curtain installation.

A pro will know all kinds of tips and tricks to make your curtains look great. They’ll know what proportions the curtains should be to create the most compelling look in your room. If you are unsure about the exact color or fabric for your new curtains, a pro might be able to offer helpful information to guide you through your home improvement decision-making process. For example, a curtain installation specialist will be familiar with the pros and cons of inside mount installation and outside mount installation. They’ll know that this decision must be made prior to measuring. An expert will have the right tools on hand to get the job done so the results are beautiful. They’ll install your curtains efficiently and on time.

Do you have to put curtains on all windows in a room

Curtains provide privacy, and they can add an elegant touch to a room. However, it is not necessary to put curtains in all the windows in a room. If one set of windows has blinds, you might consider matching that window treatment on the other windows. You can choose different window treatments from room to room in your home. You might choose sophisticated, heavy drapes in a formal living room while using roller shades in the children’s rooms. You might want to use sleep-friendly blackout curtains in the master bedroom and airier drapes in front of the sliding door to the deck. Adding curtains or drapes to a room is a way to add color and style to the room, but you can certainly choose other window dressing options.

If you have any questions about whether or not to put curtains on all the windows in a room, of what kind of window coverings to choose, consult a pro. A pro will have the skills to help you make the right window treatment and curtain installation choices to bring out the best in your home.

Are blinds better than curtains

In deciding whether to choose blinds or curtains for your home, there are various factors to weigh. Blinds and curtains both have benefits and drawbacks. Generally, curtains are more expensive than blinds. The fabric costs more, and the installation is more complex and tends to cost more. On the other hand, the thick curtain fabric absorbs sound better than blinds. Curtains offer more insulation than blinds because they do not have the slats through which heat can escape. You will enjoy more design possibilities with curtains, as well.

If you choose blinds, in addition to being less expensive, they are easier to clean than curtains. Blinds can be made of plastic, vinyl, aluminum or polymer-coated wood. This synthetic material can last longer than curtain fabric. It resists discoloration and staining, and unlike curtain fabric, it will not rip. Ultimately, whether blinds are better than curtains for your home depends on your budget and what you need from your window treatments.

How long should curtains hang below the window sill?

To determine how long your curtains should hang below the window sill, decide whether you want your curtains to puddle on the floor. Rooms that have less traffic and require less frequent floor cleaning are the best candidates for having curtains that hang far below the window sill and puddle. If you do want the curtains to puddle, measure from the bottom of the drapery rings to the floor and add 3” to 6” to that length.

If you don’t want the curtains to puddle, the general rule is that the curtain fabric should just touch the floor, or land about an inch above the floor. This style works well if you have café curtains which only cover the lower half of the window. Café curtains work best in places where you cannot have longer curtains.

If you are uncertain how to hang your curtains, or about how long to hang them, consult a design pro. They will be able to offer tips to make your new curtain installation project turn out beautifully.

What’s the difference between drapes and curtains?

The words “drapes” and “curtains” tend to be used interchangeably. However, curtains are usually crafted of lighter fabrics than drapes. Drapes are often lined, and heavier than curtains. Drapes, because they are lined, block out more light. Whether you choose to install drapes or curtains, you’ll be adding to the style and elegance of your home. Both curtains and drapes can absorb outside noise. Drapes and curtains allow you to control the light in your home, they can help with climate control, and offer privacy.

Be sure to select drapes or curtains that are best suited for each room. For the master bedroom, you might want to opt for heavier, lined drapes for their light blocking qualities. For the kitchen or bathroom, you might go for shorter, lightweight café curtains. You can vary window treatments from room to room, using roll-up blinds in the kids’ rooms and blinds on the rec room sliding glass door. If you have any questions about what kind of new drapes or curtains to have installed, it’s always a good idea to consult a pro.

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