Eyelet curtains are an elegant, yet simple way to dress up your windows. While an eyelet curtain can be hung on any length window they look particularly stunning on full length windows. Readymade eyelet curtains are hung by threading a curtain pole through the metal curtain eyelets at the top of the curtain. Curtains usually come in sets with two panels provided per window. Curtains with eyelets are easily drawn back and secured with a curtain tie back during the day, and pulled across the curtain pole at night. It is also very easy to sew your own eyelet curtains, providing you have some basic sewing skills.
Eyelet curtain poles are made from either metal or wood. They frequently have a finial on the end that keeps the curtain from coming off and is decorative at the same time. Poles can be found in many different diameters.
Eyelet Curtain Styles
There are as many different styles of eyelet window curtains as there is material. Curtains can be made from silk, velvet, faux silk, cotton, polyester cotton blend, or basically any other type of curtain fabric. They can be made from patterned material or plain material. White eyelet curtains made from fine material give a beautiful airy appearance to any room, as do eyelet lace curtains.
Eyelet curtains can be placed in almost any room, though the most common are eyelet kitchen curtains, eyelet café curtains in the dining room or eyelet fabric curtains gracing your long living room windows. Kitchen tier curtains can also be made in eyelet style.
If the curtains are patterned care should be taken to ensure that the pattern is not too overwhelming and that it blends naturally with your room furniture and décor. Patterns are usually softer, a blend of one or two colors rather than having large mixes of different colored patterns. Horizontal strips are a favorite with eyelet curtains although care needs to be taken, especially with handmade curtains, to ensure that the horizontal stripes match exactly when the curtain is closed.
Another common pattern or style is to have a large stripe of different colored material at the top of the curtain, where the eyelets are. The width of this stripe can vary anywhere from six to even eighteen inches. A delightful variation on this style is to have the regular curtain material at the top where the eyelets are, a different colored stripe below the eyelets followed by the regular curtain material again. While there are no standard patterns as such, horizontal lines do seem to be a favorite with these types of curtains. You can make your curtain tie backs from the same colored material as the stripe.
For a curtain with a difference, different colored eyelet curtain panels can be hung on the one rod. This works very well if you have a large wide window. You could alternate two complementary colors, such as a dark blue and a light blue for example. Or you could be more daring and have all different colored panels across an entire window. Of course, if you want to do something like this you do have to have the surrounding décor matching otherwise it can look very mismatched and almost garish.
Where to Buy Eyelet Curtains: Eyelet Curtains for Sale
There is a large selection of eyelet curtains online. Fortunately, as they are very easy to measure for and hang, it is a relatively simple procedure to order and buy your curtains online. If you are a really savvy shopper you will keep an eye out for an eyelet curtains sale and make your purchase then. Sometimes you will find them listed as grommet curtains rather than eyelet curtains. You can, of course also find them at almost any local store that sells curtains.
If you are looking specifically for cheap eyelet curtains then you may want to check out what is available on Amazon, eBay, HomeDepot or other similar online stores. For more expensive curtains, check out some of the larger online stores that specialize in curtains and drapes.
Measuring for Eyelet Curtains
When measuring for eyelet curtains it is best if you allow for a double gather as this will give a nice pleat to the curtains when they are closed. In other words, if your window is eight feet across, buy two eight feet wide panels and put one panel on each side of the window. This way the curtain will look great whether opened or closed.
As far as the length of the curtain, some people suggest that it should not drop to the floor. It is true that you do not want the curtains dragging on the floor. Not only does it usually not look very good but you will also end up with curtains that need frequent cleaning. You will also find that the part that drags on the floor will wear very quickly, making the whole curtain eventually look quite shabby.
The curtain should fall almost to the floor. Allow a one to a one and a half clearance at the bottom of the curtain. If by chance you mess up on your measurements and you find that the curtains are a tad too long when you get them home it is usually a fairly simple procedure to simply raise the top bar a little to accommodate this.
Eyelet Curtains: How to Hang
If you are wondering how to hang eyelet curtains, rest assured. There really are no simpler curtains to hang than eyelet curtains. First you should attach the rod brackets to the wall at the appropriate height. This will usually require the use of a power drill and screws (which should come with the curtain rod). Next thread the curtains onto the rod, and then place the rod on the brackets with the patterned side of the curtains facing inwards.
Most curtain poles made for eyelet curtains are made from metal, such as stainless steel, brass, or brushed steel. There are also decorative wooden curtain poles available also. The poles should come with two small finials or decorative tops that go on the ends of the poles. While these are not essential, it is a very good idea as it prevents the curtain from coming off the end of the pole.
How to Make Eyelet Curtains
If you can sew a little, these are definitely some of the simplest curtains to make. It is pretty much all straight seams, with a nice four to six inch hem on the bottom. The main trick will be placing the eyelets. You will need to buy material, eyelets for curtains, eyelet curtain rings, and if you want it to be really simple, eyelet curtain tape.
I am not a seamstress so I will not insult your intelligence by pretending to know how to make eyelet curtains, and then copying vague instructions here from another website that was actually copied from another site and so on…
However a quick search online came up with the following instructions for sewing them that may get you started:
Better yet, here are some books from Amazon with detailed instructions on how to sew eyelet curtains.
There—I did the searching for you!
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