Net curtains are something of a forgotten trend in interior design. They’re actually still incorporated in many contemporary designs, whether they’re used in low-budget projects or for expensive and extravagant makeovers.
However, you’ll notice that they’re rarely considered a major focal point. We think that might be doing the humble net curtain a disservice, so here’s our quick guide to everything you need to know about choosing and maintaining your nets.
What’s the purpose of net curtains?
This may be a good place to start. In essence, net curtains provide some privacy and disperse the natural light coming in through your windows, but they have the added advantage of not blocking out that light entirely. Depending on the design you choose, they can really add something special to the overall look of your room.
What rooms are they suitable for?
You can use net curtains in almost any room, although the size and style may vary. You might want to have a different look for a bedroom than you would for a kitchen or a living room, but really this is entirely up to you. Net curtains can be used anywhere that curtains are suitable.
What length and width should they be?
Generally net curtains should be cut or ordered in a slightly longer length than required if you are not completely sure, as they can always be cut down to size. They should be around twice as wide as the window they’re intended to cover, which is a general rule for standard curtains too. However, depending on your styling idea this is all subjective. Just make sure to measure rather than make guesses.
How do you clean them?
Net curtains can generally be washed on a delicate setting in a conventional washing machine. Generally they are not suitable for tumble drying, as this can damage the delicate fabric. You should always follow specific instructions for your product when possible.
What alternatives are there?
Many people opt for voile panels instead of traditional net curtains, which create a similar effect but are made from a single sheer piece of fabric rather than a woven net. Some net curtains feature voile panels, sometimes forming a half-and-half design which is common for traditional kitchen windows.