Drapery Questions and Answers - Part 2
12. May draperies and glass curtains be hung on a single rod?This is not recommended. By so doing you not only miss the desired effect, but the arrangement and handling are awkward. You need at least one inch space between the glass curtains and overdraperies to have them hang properly.
13. Is it possible to attach brackets to steel casement windows?There are Brackets for steel casements and recessed windows which are especially adapted for this very use.
14. Is it possible to attach brackets to plaster walls?Yes.
15. If side draperies are hung over the out- side casings on double or triple windows or split widths on small windows, is there any way to eliminate the expanse of rod across the center?If you use No-Valance Side Drape Extension Rods, swinging rods, swinging cranes or stationary side drape rods, you can secure the desired effect.
16. Can hold-backs and tie-backs be used with draw curtains?Yes, when curtains are to be drawn, simply detach them from the hold-backs or tie-backs. Certain materials, particularly the cheaper kinds, have a tendency to become mussed and creased when held in the hold-back. This gives an unsightly effect when the curtains are drawn and for this reason we do not advise the practice in a general way.
17. What are the most popular materials for glass curtains?Silk gauze, rayon gauze, marquisette, voile, dotted grenadine, nets, casement cloth and pongee.
18. Should glass curtains and draperies be weighted?Curtains and draperies hang in more graceful folds when weighted tape is used in the bottom hems.
19. How should hooks be spaced on curtains and draperies?Usually three inches apart on light fabrics and four Inches on heavy materials.
20. How should bay windows be draped?Bay windows may consist of two or more windows at an angle to each other but where the space between them is not more than six to eight inches they should be draped as a unit. If valances are used, they should be continu- ous, thus tying the window together in an attractive, continuous effect.
21. Are overdraperies necessary in bathrooms?Overdraperies are not ordinarily recom- mended for use in bathrooms. They keep out the air and suggest lack of restraint in decoration.
22. Should glass curtains present a uniform appearance on each floor on the outside of the house?By all means.
23. Where should brackets for overdraperies and curtains be mounted?Brackets should be mounted so that when the draperies are hung they will cover the entire window casing or trim both at the sides and the top. This lets in more light. The only exception is where fine carved casings are used which should be left uncovered.
24. How should overdraperies be hung to decorate French doors?The drapery hardware should be mounted on the wood casing above the doors and as near the outer edge as possible. Then by hanging the overdraperies so that they may be drawn, the French doors will be free to swing and will permit the maximum light and view.
25. Is it necessary to drape French doors between rooms?Shirred curtains are generally used on French doors and are hung from the top rail as shown in Figure 21, page 17, except in cases where privacy is demanded, when all the glass panels should be covered.
26. Is drapery hardware for draw curtains expensive?While cut-to-measure traverse equipment costs more than plain rods, draw curtains are growing rapidly in popularity because of their wonderful convenience in controlling light, ventilation, privacy and view. This type of drapery hardware lasts a lifetime and will outwear a great many different sets of draperies. Traverse equipment never goes out of style.
27. How wide should curtain material be for fullness when used on a door?Drapery material should be approximately double the width of the door or even more to give the desired effect.
28. Where doors and windows in the same room are both draped should the material be the same?Yes, for the shirred curtains. Overdraperies are not necessary on doors.
29. Is it necessary to use an overdrapery over each mullion?No, ordinarily the effect is better on a series of windows when you divide them into fewer groups by means of the overdraperies. The continuous line adds length and grace to the general effect.
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