Whenever there is a talk about window treatments, the focus is mainly on curtains, blinds and shades. Windows serve as important entry points in any room, and that explains why architects and interior designers are fascinated by the idea of structuring them precisely and covering them aesthetically. Curtains emerge as one such window treatment that has stood the test of time and has become an essential component of interior décor. Today, curtains help make a fashion statement and act as a reflection of an individual’s personality and tastes. They not only give sunlight protection and privacy to the owner but also help in raising the scale of ambience a notch higher. Curtains are available in diverse styles and fabrics, and it becomes pivotal to select the correct curtains to suit the owner’s requirements. The right set of curtains for a room increases the room’s positive vibe, dynamism, and vibrancy. The owner can select a curtain made of voile, cotton and even silk to create the look they desire.
What are Voile Curtains?
Voile Curtains are an updated version of net curtains and are in great demand because of their functionality and practicability. They look as stylish and sophisticated as traditional curtains. The word voile originates from the French word veil, which describes the nature and function performed by these curtains. They are sheer and airy and offer opaqueness, providing privacy without blocking the light completely. As a fabric, voile is very lightweight that is suitable for creating sheer curtain panels. Voile curtains are the best fit for a window in rooms where the owner wants soft, filtered lights.
How To Make DIY Voile Curtains At Home
- Correct Measurements of the Windows on which Voile Curtains are to be Installed:
The first step is to measure the window which the voile curtain is to be installed, starting with determining the length of the voile panel. Next, one is advised to measure the total distance from the curtain rod to the ground where the curtain lace will fall. The owner should also measure the window’s width from one end to the other.
- Correct Estimation of the Length of Voile Fabric Necessary:
Next up, the owner is advised to make a rough estimate of the length of the voile fabric required to complete the curtain panel. Then he or she should consider the curtain hem and casing to create a proper voile curtain panel. It is advised to add four to eight inches of the finished length of the fabric to ensure that there is a double fold hem. As a rule, the longer the voile curtain panel is, the deeper the curtain’s hem should be. Finally, room should be kept for the simple casing of the curtain panel by calculating the diameter of the curtain rod and adding the same length of fabric, plus half-inch extra for it to turn under.
- Correct Estimate of the Width of the Voile Fabric Needed:
The owner is advised next to estimate the width of the voile fabric needed to make the curtain manner. Special care should be taken to account for the fullness and side hems. The voile curtain panels look the best when they are full. Next, the owner is advised to consider the curtain rod’s width and multiply it by 2.5 or 3 to ascertain the size of the finished panel. Further, four inches to incorporate the seams should be added to the calculated number. It will enable the owner to add a one-inch double-fold hem on each side of the panel.
- Proper Cutting of the Voile Fabric:
The owner is next advised to cut the voile fabric as per the measurement taken. Half of the width should be used to make one panel each. It will help in the creation of a good fit voile curtain panel.
- Making of Casing for the Voile Curtains:
As a next step, the owner is advised to create a simple casing on top of the panel. He or she should keep the fabric right side down, and then the top half-inch should be folded. The fold should be pressed with an iron and then thoroughly stitched straight with the help of a sewing machine. Next, the fabric should be folded again, keeping in mind the leverage for the diameter of the rod. Finally, the edge should be pressed and stitched straight again. The same procedure should be followed with the second panel.
- Fitting of Curtain Rods into Curtain Brackets:
The owner is next advised to put the curtain rod into the curtain’s casings. He or she should fit the rod properly into the brackets, ensuring that they are stable and don’t budge. The curtains, as a rule, must be left hanging for twenty-four hours before hemming.
- Finishing Touches to the Voile Curtain Panel:
Next up, the owner is advised to remove the curtain from the rod. He or she should place the first-panel right side down. The bottom should be turned towards the wrong side, utilizing the desired length of the hem. Then, it should be turned over again. The owner should press the edge carefully to ensure that the stitching is straight. The same procedure should be followed with the second panel.
- Final Installation of the Voile curtain Panel:
The DIY curtain is now ready and should be put in the curtain rod. The curtain rod should be firmly installed in the brackets so that it should be balanced. The panels should be arranged so that the fabric is spread across the window properly with even folds.
Points to remember while making DIY Voile Curtains
Following are some of the essential points that one must keep in mind while making DIY Voile curtains at home:
- There are two panels of voile fabric in the overall design of the curtain. The bottom and the sides of each panel is hemmed separately. They are joined at the top with the help of a curtain rod.
- The two panels are used in such a way that they sit sequentially, one behind the other.
- The two fabrics that are to be chosen must be of the same design, but the colour scheme should be different.
- Once the DIY Voile curtains are installed, the back panel always show throws the front panel. When the owner finalizes the two panels, they are advised to hold them both together to complement each other well.
- In a DIY Voile curtain, the front panel always faces the room, but the back panel’s front faces the window.