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A-Z Window treatments and Curtain Hardware. QUIZ


You’ve made all the way through the A-Z Window Treatment lessons! Ready for a Quiz?
1. Narrow tubular pleats, used on stationery panels
2. Sheer under curtains that hang next to the window
3. A flat paneled fabric shade that folds up into accordion pleats
4. A drapery header with a series of large cylindrically shaped pleats
5. Decorative fabric sashes that hold drapery panels open
6. A fabric shade that pulls up into soft swags
7. A very full fabric shade often sewn with inverted pleats between each swag
8. Sewn to form a reverse box pleat
9. An milky looking layer sewn inside a drapery to block light
10. A shallow decorative box designed to conceal drapery hardware
11. Decorative embellishment attached to each end of a curtain rod
12. A large cornice piece that entirely frames a window
13. A fabric window topper typically 12 to 18 inches long
14. A channel sewn to the top or bottom of a curtain
15. A window treatment of fabric swathed over the top of a window
16. Short curtains hanging from a curtain rod
17. The place on each side of a window where a drapery folds back when fully opened
18. Length from the front of a drapery rod back to the wall
19. A cascade of fabric hanging down the sides of a window


A. Pencil pleats
B. Goblet pleats
C. Roman Shade
D. Glass curtains
E. Inverted pleats
F. Blackout lining
G. Tiebacks
H. Roman shade
I. Balloon shade
J. Austrian shade
K. Finial
L. Jabot
M. Lambrequin
N. Return
O. Stackback
P. Swag
Q. Café curtains
R. Rod pocket
S. Cornice
T. Valance


A,D,H,B,G,J,I,E,F, S,K,M,T,R,P,Q,O,N,L

How Do You Hang a Curtain Rod?


Curtains will change the entire feel of a room. They are both ornamental and functional. The right curtain will block out the sunlight, insulate a window or provide privacy — not to mention shake things up aesthetically. Decorative rods, finials, hold backs and ties that you choose are the jewelry of the room defining a window with added texture and detail. Choose from the House Parts Drapery Hardware Collection’s unbelievable range of styles which include trendy poles, finials, brackets, rings, tiebacks and medallions with a variety of finishes to enabling you to add a personal touch to your window covering decor and complement your drapes, creating the look you will love.

The right window treatment will enhance not only a window’s size, but its shape and the way it filters light. The following steps will make the whole process pain free.

1. Measure the height from where you will place the rod down to the floor. Most curtains should brush the floor for a full, elegant look. Then measure the width of the window. These measurements are necessary when you purchase the drapery hardware.
2. Make sure the rod you choose is strong enough to hold your curtains — if you want curtains in a heavy material, you’ll need a stronger rod. Also make sure that the hardware that attaches the rod to the wall will be suitable for your wall. You may need to anchor the rods into the plaster.
3. Drill the holes and install the curtain rod.
4. Hang the curtains along the rod. Bunch the curtains to create fullness.

A few tips to remember:

The curtains should always hang with a few soft folds when closed; each panel should be 1½ times the width of the window frame.
For a crisper look you should measure window width plus 2″. For a more sumptuous looking window, measure three times the window width. When in doubt, err on the wider side.
Floor-length curtains: measure from the top of the rod to the floor and subtract as needed to allow for hanging hardware. Add 6″ to 8″ if you want the curtains to pool on the floor. For high-traffic rooms like kitchens or baths, the curtains should skim the sill. If you are choosing ready-made curtains remember that they are measured from the top of the rod pocket to the bottom edge. And always round up––it’s easier to hem curtains than to lengthen them.

5 easy upgrades:
Custom curtains cost a fortune, but for a few dollars you can transform an inexpensive ready-made pair.

Sew on a border. On both sides of each panel, sew on ribbon, twill tape or a complementary fabric.
Trim the edges. A strip of fabric trim will add a bit of flair and as a bonus, it will highlight the view it frames.
Color-block. It’s the latest trend in clothing, do it to your curtains as well – sew a piece of fabric in a contrasting color or material onto the bottom 1′ to 2′ of each panel.
Accessorize with hardware. Quirky finials or sculptural holdbacks dress up simple curtain panels like jewelry on a little black dress.

Continental Window Fashions is proudly presents the House Parts Drapery Hardware Collection. With free shipping orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday – Friday, Continental Widow Fashions strives to make your ordering experience as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call toll free at 866-375-4500.

Trick or Treat!


The holidays are coming! In fact, Halloween is just around the corner Have you started jacking up your house for that frightful night? Let’s create an interchangeable hanging display that can be put together easily.

Suspend a collection of wooden blocks from extra-wide ribbons looped over a striking curtain rod and finial from the Robert Allen Ferraforte Collection. Robert Allen is inspired by historical iron castings, the styles ranging from classic to contemporary. The Ferraforte collection is influenced by traditional ironwork from around the world. After hanging the curtain rod, determined where the wood blocks should fall. Try staggered heights, as this creates a more organic look. Turn the blocks over face-down on a flat surface and attached a length of ribbon to the center of the top and bottom edges a staple gun (hot glue would work, too). The looped ribbon then slides onto the rod — and slides off easily again when you are ready for the next holiday. Tip: Choose shallow brackets so your rod sits relatively close to the wall — if the frames hang too far away, they may swing a bit instead of facing straight ahead.

To create the lettered blocks follow these simple directions:

*Cut blocks into squares (not too big or they will be heavy and unwieldy)
* Paint the blocks
*Mod-Podge scrap paper
* Distressed edges with sandpaper
* Apply vinyl letters
*Attach ribbon
*Hang on curtain rod

Hang the Finial Company curtain rod according to manufacturer’s directions. Now you have an arrangement to trade out every holiday! Use it for birthdays too – simply hang lettered blocks spelling out the birthday girl/boy’s name.

Continental Window Fashions will help make your home ready for the holidays. The Robert Allen Ferraforte Collection is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.

You’re First Home – DIY Entryway Shelf


Your first apartment is usually tiny, often times with an entryway that is too narrow for a table or bench. Hang a slim shelf instead, and then use it to keep mail or small pieces of artwork. It’s easy to top a trio of sleek metal brackets with a rustic antique floorboard. Installing basic brackets and shelves couldn’t be easier. Mount brackets to the wall, trim the shelf as desired, and add it to the top of brackets, deposit keys!

What You’ll Need:
• Board
• Electronic stud finder
• Tape measure
• Drill
• Screws
• Wall anchors (if needed)
• Pencil

1. Begin by finding the location of the studs. Studs are generally placed 16 or 24 inches apart, measuring from center to center
2. Mark that location for your first bracket. It’s important to drill directly into the center of a stud.
3. Measure 3/4 inch from your center mark then draw vertical lines representing the edges of the stud.
4. Find the locations of the remaining studs and mark for your shelf brackets.
5. Drill brackets to wall studs using screws or wall anchors appropriate to the weight of your board, its contents, and the type of walls (plaster or drywall
6. Place board atop brackets. To fasten the board to brackets, drill screws up into the board through holes in the shelf bracket’s top. If your wood is dense, first drill pilot holes to accept the screw more easily.

Designing for your home is easy with Continental window Fashions. Our countless pieces of window hardware and a little imagination will take you far! Continental Window Fashions is proud to present collections of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.