Today's window treatments represent a smart new simplicity. Simple doesn't mean plain, but does suggest a crisper, cleaner approach for your manufactured home windows. Giving your windows a fresh look is easier than ever thanks to an astonishing array of high-tech shutters, shades, blinds, fabrics and decorative hardware in all sorts of colors, styles and finishes.
Before choosing from the wide selection of new design possibilities, determine the function of each window and what you want the window treatment to do. Consider privacy, light control, ventilation, the view and energy efficiency when selecting a covering for any window in your home.
Keep in mind that a well designed window treatment suits not only the window, but also blends with the rest of the room and adds to the sense of unity. Here are a few suggestions to help you update and beautify your windows.
Take all measurements using a retractable steel tape measure. Unlike cloth tape, it won't sag and will give you more accurate results. Measure each window separately and record the measurements on paper.
Before measuring, decide whether you want to mount the window treatments inside or outside the window opening. You can mount valances, shades or blinds either outside or inside, while cornices look best when mounted on the outside of a window frame.
For window treatments mounted inside the window, you need only measure the width and length of the opening. Measure the width at the top, middle and bottom of the frame and use the narrowest measurement. Measure the height of the window from the top of the opening to the sill. Make the space between the window and the frame deep enough to accommodate any hardware you might be using.
Extend the measurement for outside mounted shades or blinds at least two inches beyond the window sash on each side. Measure the window frame width plus the overlap needed for mounting hardware on either side of the frame. And measure from outside the top of the frame to the sill and add the height of the mounting brackets if they'll be mounted above.
To choose the right rod length, measure from bracket to bracket. For a decorative pole with finials, add 5 to 8 inches on each side depending on the size of the finials. Make sure there is enough room on either side of the window before buying the pole and finials.
You can use interior window shutters in any room in your manufactured home and seldom need a fabric valance or drapery to dress them up. They are attractive, help regulate light, insulate and fit into almost any décor due to their simplicity and clean lines. Although available in numerous colors and stains, shutters look best when painted or finished the same as the rest of the window frame.
You can mount them inside or outside the window frame. If you are doing the installation yourself, use an outside mount to make installation easier. Leave room to swing open or fold back the shutter panels.
You can display today's beautiful shades and blinds alone, pair with a valance or combine with drapery panels of varying lengths and styles. High-tech styles and materials leave no shortage of choices. Because they often share materials, it's sometimes difficult to distinguish between shades and blinds, so here's a brief description of some of the most popular types.
Add versatility to your decorating and use a top treatment to complement your window. Use toppers alone on an uncovered window or combine with shades and blinds to create a simple, uncluttered window fashion. Popular toppers like valances, cornices, swags and scarves can add softness, color or pattern to a room.
You can drape scarves and swags through rings, sconces, tiebacks, or wrap around a decorative rod or pole. They look great in many different lengths – framing a window, halfway down a window or all the way to the floor. All you need is a generous length of fabric, the correct hardware and the patience to pull and primp until you get the right look:
Today's decorative hardware can easily become a focal point for contemporary window fashions. You'll find all kinds of appealing, useful and affordable decorative items, such as rods, poles, finials, scarf holders, holdbacks, rings, clips and pins.
Use decorative hardware to give the finishing touch to your window and your room. For example, you can pair wrought iron, brass or pewter rods with decorative brackets and finials to compliment any décor. Enhance top treatments such as swags and scarves with stunning swag holders that pull the entire window treatment together.
For accessory ideas that will top off your window treatments, explore stores, look at model homes, check out catalogs and surf the Web. You'll find hundreds of window accessories to choose from so you can take full advantage of the windows in your manufactured home. Just make sure you have enough wall room to display your hardware and that your window frames and walls can support the weight of metal or wooden poles and rods.
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