Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Window Dressing; If You're Changing Your Home's Window Treatments, There Are Lots of Different Options, but Some Are Easier to Do Yourself Than Others - Here's Where to Start

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Window Dressing; If You're Changing Your Home's Window Treatments, There Are Lots of Different Options, but Some Are Easier to Do Yourself Than Others - Here's Where to Start

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1 Slatted shutters are a practical and attractive addition to a room - they provide privacy if the slats are angled the right way, and are a good way to disguise ugly windows (from the inside at least).

The main downside of shutters is how much they cost - some manufacturers measure up the windows and fit the shutters for you, but you can often save money by choosing 'no-frills' shutters where you measure up and fit them yourself, which is great as long as your DIY skills are up to it. If they're not, you could end up making an expensive mistake.

2 If you're shopping for curtain poles, a 19mm diameter pole should be fine for very lightweight curtains. Choose a 28mm diameter pole for midweight curtains, and a 35mm diameter pole for heavy curtains.

"When measuring for a new curtain pole, a good rule of thumb is to add an extra 30cm on to the width of your window," says Ed Cullen from window-dressing expert Swish (www.swish.co.uk).

"This extra 15cm either side will allow the curtains to stack back. If you have finite space either side of the window, you'll need to factor this in to be sure that your finials fit comfortably in the space available."

3 Fitting a curtain pole to a bay window can seem difficult too, but there are DIY solutions.

To create a bay curtain pole, cut a piece of pole to fit above each of the windows in the bay and use special angled/flexible connectors to join them together.

An easier solution is to fit a straight curtain pole across the front of the bay instead, but this makes the room feel smaller when the curtains are closed. …

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