Making Your Home More Beautiful

4 Window Choices to Protect Your Home’s Interior from the Sun’s Heat during Summer

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Window Choices to Protect Your Home’s Interior from the Sun’s Heat during Summer

If you are in the market for new windows, one of your considerations should be how they will help reduce your heating and cooling bills. While a strong seal and adequate insulation will help reduce your heating bill during the winter, it is also important to think about how your windows affect your comfort during the summer. If you have windows that regularly get full sunshine during the summer months, you should consider implementing one of these ideas to help reduce the heat in your home and make your home more comfortable.  1. Select the Right Glass  Usually when people are considering the insulation properties of windows, they are most concerned with losing heat during the winter. However, when purchasing new windows, you should be just as concerned with how much heat the glass will let in during the summer. This is signified by the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), which should be listed for all windows that you purchase, although some older windows will feature a Shading Coefficient (SC) instead.  A low SHGC signifies that less heat will be transferred into your home. It is expressed as a number between 0 and 1, with standard double-pane windows averaging around 0.70.  2. Get Tinted Windows  Adding a tint to your window is one of the most effective ways to decrease the SHGC of the window. Tints come in several colors and can be applied during the manufacturing process or after window installation. However, if you are worried about the window tint blocking too much sun during the winter months, when sun can help decrease your heating bill, or if you want a clear view from your window, you should consider an electronic tint. Electronic tints, also known as smart tints, involve a small electric current that goes through special glass or a special film that is applied to your current windows. Generally, when the device is off, the windows are tinted, however, when you turn it on, you can control the amount of the tinting and even have completely clear windows.  3. Add an Awning above Your Window  Another way to keep your windows from letting in too much heat from sunlight during the summer is to add an awning above your window. Because the sun tends to have a higher trajectory during the summer, even an awning that only extends a little bit away from your exterior wall will help shade your windows. However, they will allow winter sun, which is generally lower in the sky, to continue to penetrate your windows.  For the most control over how much sun is allowed into your windows, consider a retractable awning that can be extended during the summer and rolled back during the winter.  4. Invest in Adequate Draperies  Perhaps one of the most simple ways to control the summer heat in your home is to invest in adequate, layered draperies for each of your windows. Draperies should include a sheer layer that allows light to penetrate the room while blocking out a small amount of heat. They should also have a second, thicker layer that can be pulled during the hottest part of the day to prevent heat from entering your home.  However, draperies are only effective if you pull them at the right time. For this reason,you should...

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8 Other Things You Could Be Doing With Your Truck Tarp

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 8 Other Things You Could Be Doing With Your Truck Tarp

Keeping your truck bed covered is just one thing you can do with a reliable vinyl tarp. But that’s not all that your tarp is capable of. Truck tarps are just as amazing at doing a lot of other things, some of which you’re probably learning about for the first time. To find out all the other awesome things you can use your tarp for, take a look at these 8 interesting and practical uses. Use It as a Trunk Liner for Your Car If you have a dirty toolbox, mud-caked shoes or the sweaty, grimy remnants of your kid’s sports gear, then chances are you wouldn’t want any of that riding in the otherwise-pristine trunk of your car. Fortunately, you can use your truck tarp as an impromptu liner for your car’s trunk. This way, you’ll be able to keep dirt and grime off your trunk carpeting. Use It as a Makeshift Tent A tarp can make for an effective impromptu tent, especially if you don’t have your own dedicated tent on hand. According to Just Jeff’s Hiking Page, you can change the angle of your tarp to suit a variety of weather conditions. A low and steep-pitched tarp can keep much of the cold and rain off you during stormy conditions, while a high and flat pitch enhances ventilation and visibility. Keep Your Lawn Mower, ATV or Motorcycle Dry During a Downpour Leaving your motorcycle, ATV or even your lawn mower out in the rain could cause problems after the wet weather breaks. Not only can leaving these vehicles uncovered invite rust and corrosion, but it can also cause sensitive electronics to short out and malfunction. Throwing a tarp over your motorcycles and small-engine equipment can save on the repair bills that a rain-soaked short-circuiting relay could rack up in short order. Protect Your Plants on a Cold Night Even in the midst of springtime weather, a sudden cold snap can make short work of your cold-sensitive plants. If chilly weather is in the forecast, you can drape a tarp over your garden bed to protect your plants against frost. The idea is that the tarp holds much of the heat that would normally radiate into the air. Create a Kid-Proof Cover for Your Floor Before Craft Projects If you love helping your kids with their arts and crafts projects but hate the mess that often comes with it, you can use a tarp to keep glue, glitter, paint and other messy materials away from your carpet or hardwood flooring. It also makes clean-up a breeze — all you have to do is fold or roll the tarp out of the way and take it outdoors for cleaning. Use It to Catch Rainwater If you’re into harvesting rainwater, then you probably know how difficult it could be to direct that water into barrels and buckets. By spreading out a vinyl tarp and suspending the corners with poles or sturdy tree branches, you can create a much wider area for rainwater collection. All you have to do is make sure the tarp slopes into the barrel, otherwise all of that water could simply pool in the middle of the tarp. Cover the Doghouse for Insulation and Waterproofing If Fido’s pad isn’t as weather-tight as it ought to be,...

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Is It Worthwhile to Install an Irrigation System If Your Region Is in a Drought?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is It Worthwhile to Install an Irrigation System If Your Region Is in a Drought?

If you live on the West Coast or in the Southwest United States, you may be bracing for yet another long, hot summer of crispy lawns and low crop productivity. However, certain communities and homeowners’ associations (HOAs) have begun to crack down on homeowners who have allowed their lawns to go dormant for too long, fining or otherwise penalizing those whose lawns have become an unsightly brown due to drought conditions. If you were considering the installation of a lawn irrigation system prior to the onslaught of the drought, you may be wondering whether an irrigation system is still a worthwhile investment. Read on to learn more about irrigation systems and some of your eco-friendly and water-saving options.  Can (and should) you use an irrigation system during a drought? Even if your HOA or city housing authority hasn’t put forth an edict preventing your lawn from drying up and going dormant this summer, investing in an irrigation system can be a good way to maintain your lawn’s health during both the dry (and wet) years to come. Today’s home sprinklers and irrigation systems are energy efficient and can save significantly more water than using a garden hose, even if you irrigate your lawn more frequently than you’d water it.  On the other end of the spectrum, some parts of the country that are still experiencing significant drought have passed state or local regulations to govern water consumption, fining those who use too much water in a brief period of time. If you live in one of these areas, you’ll want to check your zoning codes and local ordinances and measure these restrictions against the specifications of the type of irrigation system you’re hoping to purchase. In some cases, you may find that the system you were contemplating is already compliant with your local water restriction ordinances (for example, a system that allows you to specify a maximum amount of daily water usage). In other cases, for your lawn to remain “legal,” you may want to investigate another product.    What types of irrigation systems are the best choices for drought-prone areas?  There are several features and systems that are ideal for use in hot, dry climates. These include the following: Solar-powered systems Most irrigation systems are hooked up to your home’s electricity supply, using electricity whenever the sprinklers are turned on. Solar-powered irrigation systems operate independently from your home’s electricity supply, instead using solar cells to collect energy from the sun’s rays and converting this energy into the electricity needed to run your irrigation system. These solar cells are affixed to unobtrusive panels that can be placed at various points throughout your lawn, and may include storage batteries so that your irrigation system can also operate at night or on cloudy days.  Solar-powered irrigation systems are ideal for drought regions, as these areas often tend to be sunnier than average, providing you with a great source of energy at no cost. These systems can also be adjusted to irrigate your lawn as frequently (or infrequently) as you wish, conserving even more solar power.  Grey water systems For areas under water-use restrictions, the old adage “reduce, reuse, recycle” comes into play. After reducing your water consumption, reusing certain types of water that comes from your daily activities (“grey water”) for landscaping purposes...

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How To Keep Your Gas Fireplace Insert From Corroding Your Chimney

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Your Gas Fireplace Insert From Corroding Your Chimney

Fireplace inserts that run on natural gas or propane instead of wood provide heat and beauty without the hassle of lugging around logs. Many models fit directly into masonry fireplaces with few modifications to the chimney, especially if there’s already a metal or concrete liner. However, missing a few design improvements and skipping routine maintenance chores can lead to a chimney so corroded from the inside out that it’s a danger to the rest of the home. Routine and Thorough Cleaning While burning wood produces creosote that does little damage to the chimney itself, gas fuels produce invisible fumes and corrosive deposits on the inside of the chimney that lead to corrosion. The damage affects all sorts of chimneys by Eating away any protective coatings, such as galvanization, on vent pipes and metal liners Causing the masonry between bricks or blocks in an unlined chimney to break down, leading to a collapse Attracting water in the form of condensation, which ruins all forms of chimney material from metal to corrosion-proof clay liners Since even clay chimney liners eventually flake apart or crack due to moisture attracted by the byproducts on your chimney’s walls, it’s necessary to schedule at least one cleaning a year. If you use the gas fireplace insert on a daily basis for regular heating, you may want a chimney sweep to visit every six months instead. It’s a lot more affordable to pay for occasional cleaning visits than to have the chimney relined or completely rebuilt. When you’re dealing with the residue left behind by a gas burning appliance, it’s safer for a professional to handle the cleaning process. You don’t want to create a lot of dust out of those corrosive deposits, which happens when you use one of the inexpensive chimney cleaning brushes on the market. A chimney sweep will bring along vacuum systems and less damaging brush and air pressure tools to clean the walls without making a mess. Inspection During Maintenance Hire a chimney sweep that can give you a report on the condition of the entire structure during the visit too. With a basic camera system, it’s easy to do a quick inspection to look for cracks and other signs of underlying damage. Even if you already have the gas appliance serviced and inspected each year, these visits may not include any attention for the chimney. Insulate the Chimney Aside from managing the waste products of gas combustion, consider installing insulation around the gas insert and up into the chimney opening. This is especially important when using a liner or length of stove pipe that sits in a larger opening from an existing masonry chimney. All that cold air around the heated metal causes condensation between the masonry and the liner or pipe, resulting in damage to both parts of the chimney. Make sure you use an insulation product rated for high heat uses, such as expanded rock batting. Install a Liner Finally, it’s never too late to protect a masonry chimney by adding a liner, even if you’ve been using the fireplace insert for years. Metal is smooth and easy to clean regularly, while cement coatings are far more corrosion resistant. Clay liners are easy to clean and resist the corrosive effects of the deposits, but they’re also harder to...

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How to Take Better Care of Your Heating System

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Take Better Care of Your Heating System

There are few things worse than your heating system breaking down on one of the coldest days of the year. This scenario can definitely happen if you neglect to take care of your heater. Just like any other appliance, a heating system will wear down faster if it is not maintained properly. Here is some helpful advice on how to take better care of your heating system: Give the Heater a Break Even the best heating system in the world can be overworked. If your heating system is forced to work too hard, you will have more to worry about than just expensive energy bills. An overworked heating system will also break down faster, leading to pricey repairs. That is why you should give your heating system breaks as much as possible. For example, it is a good idea to turn down the thermostat a few degrees while you are sleeping or away from the house all day. You should also leave the oven door open after you get done cooking. Your heating system will get a bit of a break as the heat from the oven warms up your house. In addition, consider installing ceiling fans in your house. These fans will help push more heat away from the ceiling, letting your heater take a break. Change the Air Filters If you want your heating system to stay in top shape, you must change the air filters every one to three months. Dirt and dust accumulate in these filters over time and make it more difficult for the heating system to produce clean air. If you neglect to replace the air filters, you could hurt the heating system and cause it to fail faster. Replacing your air filters will also reduce your heating bills and benefit the environment. Get Yearly Inspections If your heating system is fairly new and seems to be working just fine, you might not think it is necessary to get it inspected. However, this is not the best idea. It is important to get your heating system inspected by a professional heating contractor once a year. One of these HVAC professionals will thoroughly look at your heating system and may detect problems that you may have missed. An inspection is not too pricey and can save you money in repair costs down the road. Move Items Away from the Radiators It isn’t a good idea to have items too close to your radiators. If your couch, for example, is pressed up against a radiator, it can force your heating system to work harder to push warm air throughout your home. Try to keep all items at least several feet away from your radiators. Don’t Crank Up the Heat Too High If you come home to a chilly house, you might be tempted to crank up the heat a lot. However, this will not get your house warmer any faster. All it will do is increase your energy bills and put extra strain on your heating system. Be patient and let your home gradually warm up. Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned The air ducts in your home can accumulate a lot of dust over time, which can hurt your heating system’s efficiency. Hiring a professional to clean these ducts periodically can help your heating system...

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Install A Water Softener To Protect Your Baby’s Cloth Diapers

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Install A Water Softener To Protect Your Baby’s Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers, which are used by many parents, are made to be highly absorbent. Hard water, however, can make them less absorbent and ineffective. If you’ve recently had a baby and plan on using cloth diapers, make sure hard water doesn’t ruin the diapers you purchase. Test your home for hard water, and invest in a water softener if it’s hard so that your diapers don’t start leaking. Hot Water Harms Cloth Diapers Washing clothes, including cloth diapers, in hard water is difficult. As Bummis Blog details, mineral deposits in hard water bind with the agents in laundry detergents. This prevents the agents in detergents from binding with and removing dirt on the clothes being washed. Minerals in hard water will affect the washing of any clothing, but their effects are particularly noticeable when cleaning cloth diapers. Diapers regularly washed in mineral-laden water might: begin to smell remain stained lose their absorbency leak Over time, the mineral deposits in hard water will build up on your cloth diapers and only exacerbate the problems that the water causes. To prevent these problems from arising, you must remove the minerals in your water. You can do this by either stripping your cloth diapers regularly or having a water softener installed. Stripping Diapers Removes Minerals Stripping diapers is a manual way to remove minerals that accumulate on your diapers after washings. If your diapers start to leak and smell, you’ll need to strip them. There are five steps to stripping diapers: wash the diapers soak the diapers for a long time wash the diapers again rinse the diapers several times dry the diapers With the multiple washings, hours-long soak and several rinsings, stripping is a long process that will take up much of your time. Water Softeners Also Remove Minerals Water softeners also remove minerals, and they’re much easier to use. Once you have a water softener installed, you won’t need to worry about minerals interfering with the washing of your diapers. Unlike stripping, which removes minerals after they build up on diapers, water softeners remove mineral deposits beforehand. They take minerals that make water hard out before it goes to your washer, thus transforming your home’s hard water into soft water. If you have a water softener installed, your diapers will get clean, and they won’t stink or leak, because they’ll always be washed in soft water. Installation Costs for Water Softeners Are Affordable Many parents don’t consider installing a water softener, because they think it’s prohibitively expensive. Having a water softener installed, however, is affordable — especially when compared to the cost of diapers. Water softeners start at just $500 to $1,500, which is close to what you might save by using cloth diapers. Courtney Baker saved $400 in one year by using cloth diapers, and she estimated that she’d saved over $1,000 by the time her child was potty trained. Of course, these savings only increase if the cloth diapers are reused for a second, and possibly even third, kid. Have Your Home Tested for Hard Water According to the U.S. Geological Survey, much of the U.S. has hard water. Even if you live in a place without hard water, however, you might want to test your home’s water for mineral deposits. To check your home for hard water,...

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3 Mistakes To Avoid When Hanging Drapes

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Hanging Drapes

When you’re decorating a room, it’s important not to overlook the importance of drapes as a decorating tool. In addition to controlling the amount of light that is or isn’t able to get into the room – which can be an important decorating choice in and of itself – drapes add depth and texture to the overall look of the room. Choosing the right colors and patterns is an important part of decorating with drapes, but it’s also important to hang them properly if you want to get the desired effects. Take a look at some mistakes to avoid when choosing and hanging your drapes. Choosing Drapes That Are Too Short An important part of choosing drapes that will work in the room you’re decorating is making sure that they’re the right size. You have to measure not just your windows, but the distance between where you intend to place the curtain rod and the spot where you want the drapes to hit. It’s a common mistake to place the drapes directly above the top of the window. However, for a more flowing look, you should place the rod higher, close to the ceiling. This is especially important in small rooms with low ceilings. Placing the rod as high as possible is a visual trick that will make the ceilings appear to be higher and make the room feel larger. You also need to know where you want the drapes to stop. For a classic and tailored look, you’ll want the drapes to just barely hit the floor. This is a low-maintenance choice – the drapes will easily fall into place when you open and close them. However, for a formal dining room, you might prefer to choose drapes long enough to pool on the floor to create a romantic look. This is more work, because the fabric will need to be rearranged every time you open or close them, so it’s a good choice for rooms that aren’t used as often. There’s also an in-between option, where the drapes have just a few short inches of slack on the floor. This modern and fashionable look is less work than the extremely long pooling drapes, and it can disguise an uneven floor. Choosing Drapes That Aren’t Wide Enough Not only do you need to measure the window space for length, you need to measure it for width as well. Ideally, the combined width of your drapes should be two to two and a half times as long as the window space. That means if your windows are four feet across, your drapes should equal eight to ten feet across. The exception is if you don’t intend to actually shut the drapes – for example, if you have sheer curtains over the windows that you intend to use to block or allow light, and you’re using the drapes simply as a framing device. In that case, the drapes need only be as wide as one and a half times the window space. Forgetting to Iron Before you hang the drapes for the first time, and also after any time you wash them, it’s important to take the time to iron the wrinkles out. Many people think that they’ll eventually lose their wrinkles while hanging, but they don’t. Wrinkles are messy...

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The Importance Of Using A Licensed And Insured Locksmith

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Importance Of Using A Licensed And Insured Locksmith

When it comes to taking care of your commercial locksmithing needs, it’s always important to choose a locksmith who not only has the knowledge and experience, but also the credentials to back up their work. Unfortunately, many businesses are tempted to save a little money by taking a chance on someone who may not be licensed, insured or bonded. The following explains the importance of hiring a licensed locksmith, as well as how you can make sure your next commercial locksmith has all the right credentials. Only Licensed and Insured Locksmiths Have the Knowledge and Experience When a locksmith isn’t insured, licensed or bonded, there’s also a good chance that the locksmith isn’t experienced, either. It’s not out of the ordinary for an unlicensed locksmith to have only rudimentary knowledge of their supposed craft, given that properly credentialed locksmiths often spend years carefully studying and honing their craft. It’s also likely that an unlicensed locksmith hasn’t undergone the training and skills testing that many legitimate commercial locksmiths undergo in order to keep their skills sharp. When it comes to changing locks or installing a new entry system for your office, warehouse or other property, you’ll want someone who has the training and experience to get the job done with few issues. You Won’t Be on the Hook for Structural Damages While the vast majority of locksmith jobs go off without a hitch, there are a few cases where a difficult job could easily result in damages caused directly to the lock, the door or other surrounding structural components. If your locksmith causes accidental damages to your building, the locksmith normally assumes liability for the damage and, in most cases, has the damage taken care of through their insurer. If your locksmith is uninsured, then the locksmith’s ability to cover accidental damages shrinks dramatically – that is, if the locksmith is willing to cover the damage at all. As a result, the locksmith might not be held liable for damages. Instead, you’ll likely have to pay to have the damage repaired out-of-pocket or rely on your own property insurance or umbrella coverage to cover the costs. You Won’t Be Liable for Injuries In addition to regular insurance coverage, a typical reputable commercial locksmith also carries worker’s compensation coverage. This coverage handles just about any injury that happens to the locksmith during a job. However, there are those who choose to forgo this coverage in an attempt to reduce overhead expenses. In the event that an uninsured locksmith ends up being injured on the job, it’s likely that you may become liable for those injuries. That means you could wind up paying for that locksmith’s injuries through your own insurance coverage or even out-of-pocket. Hiring a locksmith that doesn’t have their own worker’s compensation coverage could expose you to a number of unforeseen liabilities that may prove very expensive in the long run. Always Check Credentials Before Hiring It’s important to make sure that whoever you hired to take care of your commercial locksmithing needs has the proper licensing and credentials on hand. In most cases, you can simply ask for proof of their locksmithing or contractor license, which usually comes in the form of a card or number. Many states, including California and New York, offer free online databases that...

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What Happens If You Find A Family Cemetery In Your Backyard: Advice For Homeowners In Tennessee

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Happens If You Find A Family Cemetery In Your Backyard: Advice For Homeowners In Tennessee

While people now often choose a burial in a public cemetery, private burial grounds were once quite common across the United States, especially in certain areas. In fact, state archaeologist Nick Fielder estimates that there are around 20,000 private family burial grounds in Tennessee. Nonetheless, while a private burial ground was once a precious part of a family’s heritage, new property owners may feel less enthusiastic about the presence of the deceased. Find out what it means if you find a family cemetery on your land, and learn more about what you can do with these plots. Family cemeteries in Tennessee Under Tennessee state law, you can ask your family to bury your remains on private land. Centuries ago, this practice was popular with land owners, who enjoyed the privacy and intimacy of a family cemetery as part of their estate. Of course, these landowners rarely considered the idea that their family home would one day no longer belong to their descendants. Unsurprisingly, over the last century, many of these family cemeteries have disappeared. In fact, Nick Fielder estimates that 100 family cemeteries disappear every year due to development.  Finding a family cemetery You may not immediately notice a family burial ground on your property. Any obvious signs may have long since disappeared or fallen into decay, but there are certain things you or a surveyor can spot. Clues that can lead you to an old burial ground include the following: Information on old maps or property plans Sunken areas of land oriented east-west Lots of cemetery ivy growth, which often once marked graves Tombstones or grave markers It’s also worth discussing the matter with your neighbors. Families that have lived in the area for some time may remember more established family cemeteries. Official records are less common. Records and information Records of family cemeteries seldom exist. In Tennessee, there is no central inventory of these burial grounds, which means nobody can check if or where a family cemetery may exist in the state. As such, most of the information that now exists about family cemeteries appears in documents that historians pull together, but these records have no legal value. In fact, the lack of legal records means that relatives of the people buried in these cemeteries seldom have any legal leverage when it comes to these plots. Family burial grounds only have legal protection if the site is recorded within the property deed. While few property deeds for older properties show details of a burial ground, restrictions apply to the land where a burial ground appears in the document. Burial ground protection in property deeds Tennessee state laws protect family burial grounds that appear in property deeds. All owners (and future buyers) of the land must protect the gravesite from disturbance. In fact, you must not disturb the land within ten feet of the perimeter of the gravesite. You can’t disturb land within five feet of a crypt either. What’s more, when you buy a property, you must take ‘reasonable steps’ to make sure the deed shows the presence of any gravesite or crypt on the land. Technically, this means that you must update the deed if your surveyor discovers a gravesite or crypt anywhere on the property. You may decide that you want to use the land...

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Down In The Drapes: Tips For Buying The Right Window Treatments

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Down In The Drapes: Tips For Buying The Right Window Treatments

Choosing the perfect curtains can be overwhelming if you don’t have that interior-decorator gene. From choosing the style and color to ensuring that they are the right size, it can be tough to know just where to start. Here are some tips to help you navigate the draperies and select something that fits your windows and your decor. Making Sure They Fit If you’ve never bought drapes before, you might believe that you can just grab a rod and some drapes and be all set. The truth is, you need measurements of your windows so that you can pick both rods and drapes that will fit. Improper measurements are likely to result in curtain rods that don’t fit the window or drapes that are either too long or too short to work well. Width Measurements – The width of drapes is important, because it ensures that the panels you buy will cover the entire window. To avoid having insufficient or too much material on the window, measure the width. If there are already curtain rod mounts over the window, you can simply measure the width between the mounts to determine the width of the drapery panels you need. If you’re putting in brand new windows, though, you’re going to need to measure the frame. Measure the width of the window frame from outer edge to outer edge, then add about a foot on each side to determine the width of the rod. That way, you can be sure that you have enough rod on either side of the window to gather the drapes. Opt for drapes of a similar width to ensure that you cover the whole space.   Length Measurements – The length of the window offers you more room for flexibility. In fact, curtain length is more about your own personal preference than it is about precise measurements. You’ll want to at least measure the distance from the curtain rod to the lower portion of the window frame. Choose curtains that are at least this long to ensure that you cover the whole window. If you like longer curtains, you can measure further beyond the window. Some people prefer long, sweeping curtains that fall an inch or so from the floor while others like curtains that stop just below the window frame. Just be sure that you measure the distance of whichever you prefer so that you can be sure to get the right size curtain. Selection Tips Once you have the dimensions for the drapes, it’s time to start thinking about style. Depending on what you’re trying to create, you’ll want to be somewhat selective about the color and style. Bright, light colors are ideal in smaller rooms, because they can make the windows look larger or help to provide the illusion of a more spacious room. The light colors will reflect more light, making the space seem naturally brighter and more open. In larger rooms, you can add a sense of luxuriousness and elegance by choosing deeper, darker colors for your drapes. They draw the eye, setting the general tone for the space. The rich, deep colors will make the room seem a bit more intimate, so opt for this in larger dens or living areas, not smaller spaces. With these tips, you’ll be better...

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