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How to assess and dress wide, multiple or sliding patio doors curtain and window curtain
sliding or folding patio doors can present a challenge in terms of window dressing options, as can wide casements
or multiple windows taking up all or most of the wall. you need to think carefully about where the curtains will hang when the window or door is open.
often if the window does take up most of the wall space, there is little room to either side of the window for curtain
fabric to stack back onto, and curtain in can be difficult as there will be a lot of fabric to store at the sides of the window. if this is the case avoid thick fabrics and ornate or heavily gathered headings that will create bulk, or make the window appear squat or top-heavy.
consider light weight or sheer fabrics which have less body and therefore less volume.
Boyle’s mounted inside the recess for example will soften the look of the window provide a good degree of daytime privacy and defuse strong sunlight to protect valuable furniture and furnishings but with minimal bulk or volume.
consider where the Voyles will sit when they are open though for sliding doors a single curtain open to one side would be the norm and on doors opening from the center of the window a pair of Voyles which part in the center and stack at each side of the
window would be preferable.
if you prefer to use a more robust curtain in fabric to add warmth to coordinate a color scheme and add some pattern or just provide a greater degree of privacy then consider installing full drawing or decorative dress curtains over functional Voyles or blinds.
dress curtains are intended to look like full working curtains but are not actually used. they are there simply for aesthetic purposes to dress the window and therefore do not need as much volume in their width as a working curtain. this naturally reduces the amount of stack backspace required. they can be fitted as illustrated here on a full pole which spans the full width of the window to give the impression that the curtains will close. or you can make a feature of the fact that they are there imply to dress the window by installing them on part poles to emphasize that fact.
here they have been mounted in such a way over functional venetian blinds. Venetians can be used in this way if the windows or
doors are static. if there is enough room to mount the blinds inside the recess for sliding doors or if they are fitted directly onto windows or doors that open outwards. this arrangement would however not be advisable on doors or windows which open inwards due to clearance and operating issues.
if you’re a fabric person however and you prefer to have working curtains at your windows then here are some options to consider.
islet also sometimes known as ring top heading create slim folds or columns of fabric which push back easily into neat deep pleats and as this heading does not require gathering little or no bulk is created which gives them a reduced stack back volume.
this makes them an ideal choice for white windows as the volume of fabric required for full working curtains can usually be commodated at either side of the window. in addition the fullness ratio is only one and a half times the window width. rather than the double allowance usually required by gathered or tailored headings detailed tailored headings such as goblets and pinch pleats are best avoided in this situation. their headings and naturally bulky as they contain a robust stiffener and padding and these headings require an increased fullness ratio of two and a quarter to two and a half times the rail width.
here the pole has been extended wall-to-wall to make use of all the available wall space at either side of the window. this not only means that the minimum amount of curtain is possible encroaches onto the window keeping the doorway and in particular the opening panel easily accessible, but it also gives an expansive look to the window.
this effect can be quite impressive as it can create grandeur or at the very least an eye-catching focal point. here the concept has been taken a step further with the addition of a simple straight upholstered pelmet. this look is elegant and sophisticated and again creates an impressive focal point this arrangement works well in quality plain fabrics or can look stunning with bold
and lively prints.
the curtains are hung from a track and have a gathered heading but the bulk is accommodated by the increased stack back space created by again extending the arrangement from wall to wall.
neat metal holdbacks have been used here to gently pull the leading edge of the curtains off the window allowing maximum light into the room and easy access to the handle of the sliding door. the hold backs are carefully positioned near to the edge of the recess if they were positioned any further back they would pull the curtain back too far and reveal the edge of the window.
similarly if they were positioned any further forward they would have little or no effect on the front edge of the curtain. Fabric or rope tie backs are not recommended with a volume of fabric like this as they would pull the curtains back beyond the edges of the recess to show undesirable wall space and in some cases may cause creasing across the curtains if they are too tight.