What’s the deal with grommet curtain panels?

What’s the deal with grommet curtain panels?

Grommet curtain panels are everywhere. Look at any home decor magazine and you will find grommet curtain panels. There are a plethora of fabrics, patterns, colors, and lengths to choose from. They’re not a new idea, so who cares?

First, what exactly is a buttonhole? Grommet is used to describe the top of the panel. A grommet is a reinforced plastic or metal grommet through which a decorative rod is attached. Grommeted panels glide easily along an accent bar and drop in neat, clean pleats. Ideal for French doors, sliding doors or any window where you want the flexibility of opening and closing the panels.

A few years ago, grommet curtain panels weren’t that easy to find. One had to custom make them or try to make them on their own using a buttonhole machine. But today there are overwhelming sources of grommet curtain panels. They are not only carried by drapery stores but also by other retailers such as bedding, bath stores, department stores, warehouse type stores, and the list goes on. Here’s the problem, not all grommets are the same. There is a big difference in quality and workmanship. True, you can get a grommet curtain panel for $10, I saw a few today when I was shopping, but you really do get what you pay for. Buy Beware! Whatever your budget, there’s a grommet curtain for you.

Grommet curtain panels can be used for almost any application. They are great for sliding doors, French doors, large windows, small windows, bay windows, and the list goes on.

Here’s a tip on buying grommet curtains, length and fullness are the most important. Eyelet curtains should go floor length, but may end just below the sill or may even puddle if luxurious fabrics such as silk, faux silk, or taffeta are used. The standard length is 84″, but more and more companies are releasing longer lengths such as 95″, 108″ and 120″. Measure from the rod down to get your height. The width is just as important. You don’t want to end up with a window that appears to be covered with a piece of cloth. Make sure your fullness is at least 2 times the width of the window. If you have small windows, get a rod that is 4 to 6 inches wider on each side to stack the curtain, giving the illusion of a larger window. This also maximizes the amount of light entering the room. For larger windows, more panels may be needed, but make sure they are even numbers, you don’t want to end up with a lopsided look. For example, have 2 panels on each side of the window instead of 1 and 2. You can have these panels sewn together or they can be left as is. If you provide enough fullness, you’ll likely be the only one who knows they’re not attached. Most ready-made companies and even some custom companies only offer grommet curtain panels in individual widths (50-54″). There are custom companies that can make wider grommet curtain panels, but the cost is extremely high.

The advantages of a grommet curtain panel They are: modern and on-trend design, contemporary and not granny shades, affordable, easy to open and close, reveal a decorative rod for added decoration and most importantly, you don’t have to be a professional to achieve this look .

Grommet curtains are functional, stylish and affordable! You can’t say that about all window treatments.

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