Sheer curtains can be used in many ways. They can be used as the primary window treatment, layered with heavier draperies or paired with blinds or shades. Their transparency gently filters sunlight without darkening a room. Sheers come in a variety of fabrics, colors and textures, adding to the decorative look of a space. They are attractive on glass entry doors, French doors and hallway windows. Because of their light, airy quality, they create a soft background in rooms with a lot of pattern or other visual attractions. In addition, they suggest homogeneity on mismatched windows and can be gathered to create sections on large windows. They also work well in outdoor spaces, such as verandahs, patios, gazebos and poolside shelters.
Sheers should be hung as other curtains are hung. Depending on the fullness you want, the width should be between two and three times the width of the window. Because they are lightweight and transparent, sheers look good with more fabric. The length of sheers is a personal choice. They can be sill-length, floor-length, fall to just below the sill or puddle on the floor. Sheers also work well as café curtains. To calculate length, measure from the top of the window to the desired length. They can be installed inside the frame or mounted outside the frame. If you are layering them with heavier curtains, they should be installed next to the glass. For outside mounts, the rod should be hung approximately 4 inches above the window, so be sure to add this measurement to the length.
The lightweight fabrics of sheers make them easy to care for. Sheers are made of polyester, cotton, sheer silk, linen and other gauzy materials. For ready-made curtains, follow manufacturer's directions for laundering. If you are making them, ask about laundering when you purchase the fabric. Some materials shrink and wrinkle after washing. Dry cleaning may be a better option for these fabrics. Sheer curtains should be laundered frequently. Waiting until they look dirty may cause the fabric to discolor. Many materials can be machine-washed on gentle or hand-washed with mild detergent in cool water. Take care not to overload the washing machine so there is ample space for the curtains to move. Let them soak about five minutes before starting the machine. After laundering, tumble dry on air for a few minutes. Remove from the dryer while they are still damp, hang on a line, and straighten the fabric so that it regains its shape. Use a cool iron to remove wrinkles and puckers along seams.
If you do not need heavy draperies for privacy, sheers work well. Their transparency and fullness provide just enough privacy for most rooms during daylight hours. However, at night, they are see-through when inside lights are on. If you like the look of sheers but want to control privacy, pair them with heavier curtains that can be drawn when more privacy is needed.
Traditional sheers are knitted net or lace, with light passing through the spaces between knots. Voile is a woven fabric, usually made of 100% cotton. It is lightweight, soft, silky-feeling and transparent. Today's voile fabrics also are made of polyester/cotton blends or 100% polyester. Voile is available in many colors, patterns and textures.
One of the benefits of sheers is that they filter light, which reduces the intensity of sunlight and glare. If your windows face west or south, they may get a large dose of ultraviolet light. Sheers protect interior furnishings and upholstery from fading and damage from UV light. Experts recommend choosing light colors for curtains at these windows to prevent the curtains from fading.
The best materials for sheer curtains are those that complement your interior decor, enhance the beauty of the window and appeal to your taste. There are many materials used for sheers, including voiles, gauzy cottons, polyester, lace, net, silk and linen. Other popular materials for sheers are organza, chiffon and georgette. Many patterns are available, including jacquards, embroidered cotton, dotted Swiss, panels with metallic threads that sparkle in the light and prints. Although classic sheers are white or ivory, sheers are available in almost every color of the rainbow. Each fabric has a distinctive weave, texture and sheen. In addition, different materials drape distinctively. Some fall gracefully from the rod, and others form stiff pleats. Some are billowy, creating a romantic look. You can select materials and styles that create the look you want. Deconovo offers sheer curtains in an assortment of materials, sizes and styles, including rod pocket, grommet-top, cafes and tab-top. Browse our website to find curtains that work with your budget and decorative needs. You can purchase Deconovo curtains through our website or with our online partners.