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Curtains Question 1 & 2
There are several measurements that are required when estimating the quantities of
fabric. The three most important measurements include Drop, Length of track, and Width of
Drop refers to the amount of times that a strip of fabric has to conjoin to suit its purpose
such as cover a window in the case of a curtain. Drop is relevant in fabric measurement due to
the fact that the amount of price charged for serving curtains is determined based on the required
number of drops. As is, the drop determines the amount of labor and time defining the final
product. That is, the amount of time spent in matching patterns and coming up with headers. The
number of drops is mainly influenced by 2 decisions such as the width of the chosen fabric of
interest and how full an individual requires the fabric to look like. Incidentally, when utilizing a
wider fabric, such as 150cm, an individual requires lesser drops of about 120cm (Powers 28).
Utilizing twice as much as fabric as the curtain’s width is regarded as a norm implemented when
designing them. However, this is not mandatory as an individual can utilize less and save a drop.
Length of Track
Length of Track is relevant in fabric measurement as it refers to the length of pole being
utilized to ascertain the amount of fabric required. The length of the track is measured from the
rings base where the curtains will hang from. However, in this case the measure is done from
1cm from the top most edge due to the fact that a track is being utilized. The 1cm allowance is
needed to ensure that the curtain’s heading hides the track. However, in cases of floor-length
curtains, a 1.5cm clearance allowance is allowed between the floor and the edge of the curtain.
For curtains that touch the floor, a designer should provide an extra 5cm to the length of the
curtain and 51cm incase an individual requires the curtain to puddle on the floor. Additionally,
12cm is added at the top besides 3cm for the sake turning (Powers 28).
Width of the Fabric
Width measurement is relevant due to the fact that it provides an overview of the amount
of fabric required to cover the width of a window. To arrive at the width figure, the length of the
pole in use is measured and later multiplied by 1.5 incases where an individual desires to utilize a
standard heading tape. On the contrary, if a person opts for a pencil pleat tape, the length of the
pole will be multiplied by 2.5. Subsequently, 20cm is added on both sides to provide an
allowance for the side hems (Burrell 12). The figure is later subdivided by the fabric’s width and
the final figure rounded up to the nearest whole number.
Various proportions are required when choosing pelmets, tails and swags when designing
Pelmets refers to the decorated board mounted above a window treatment (Williamson
100). It is evident that pelmets must be proportionate to the window in order to have the right
effect to the general design of the curtain. As is, having them too small or large makes them look
out of place. To avoid this, the height of the pelmet should be approximately a sixth of the
Pelmets are desirable to the overall design of a window’s treatment due to the fact that
they add sophistication to the general window treatment by providing it with a fantastic look. In
addition, pelmets are known to conceal any curtain fixings that may be undesirable when
noticed. Besides, the pelmets are known to control light and heat coming from the window’s top
hence making the room in question more cooler. The fact that pelmets are made from MDF,
wood or other similar material contributes towards the contrasting look of the window treatment
explaining the sophistication element brought about by their availability. As is, wood is
considered as an important contrast that a person ought to consider when creating any visual
element intended to be appealing (Oliphant 15).
Swag and Tails
Swags refers to the loop section at the decorative window treatment’s top. Normally, the
swag forms a u shape as it hangs down the window treatment. On the other hand, tail refers to
the hanging part of the swag at the window’s side. Swags and tails are used with a main purpose
of creating an elegant look on curtains. Generally, it is recommended that swags should be
around a sixth the window treatment’s length. On the other hand, the tails are required to be
between two thirds and a third of the curtain’s length. Swags and tails can be designed from
contrasting or coordinating colors. The only limitation for a person in this case is the existing
type of fabric that an individual can find. Swags and tails provides an elegant and a luxurious
look on the general look of the window treatment.
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