Japanese culture is one of the most ancient andmysterious. All the objects of Japanese culture, to some extent, seem to be wrapped in mystery, mystery and certainly have a philosophical overtones. Today it is very fashionable to transfer the Japanese style to modern interior design. What is the difference between Japanese and traditional European styles? First of all, it's laconic, simple and elegant at the same time. One of the very fashionable trends is the decoration of window openings with Japanese curtains. They are also called Japanese screens or panels. This is an excellent solution for spacious rooms with large windows "on the floor". What are Japanese curtains? Ideally flat cloths of various colors and textures, which are attached to special multi-level cornices, like vertical blinds. It should be noted that such curtains - the pleasure is not cheap, and even more likely that the curtains, which you will get in the store, will be "like Masha". Therefore, we suggest you create Japanese curtains with your own hands.
What do we need for this?
- Roulette. Measure the window opening along the length and width. Based on the width and length, calculate the amount of fabric that you will need, given that the panels should go a little one after another. The standard for Japanese panels is a width of 60 cm, but you can change it at your discretion. For example: if the width of the window opening is 2 m 80 cm, then you can use 5 panels of 60 cm. In total, you will get 3 m, of which 2 m 80 cm - the width of the window, and 20 cm will ensure the entry of one cloth for another.
- Special cornice. It can be purchased at any construction store. Curtains for Japanese curtains have several rows, usually from 2 to 5. Curtains on such cornices move to the right and left and can have a different control mechanism. You can control each sheet individually or in groups of canvas at the same time. There are also cornices with automatic control. This means that you can control your curtains by pressing the buttons on the remote control. Such cornices are very convenient, but it is worth noting that they are quite expensive and the electric drive will be somewhat protruding from the eaves, which is not very aesthetic. More cornices are made of different materials. They can be lightweight plastic and metal. Metal is usually designed for multi-level structures, heavier in weight.
Selection of fabric and texture
- Immediately the fabric. It can be anything, it all depends on your personal preferences. It should be noted that traditional Japanese curtains are made of natural materials, such as linen, cotton or silk. However, you can choose the fabric of any color and texture you like, or a combination of them. Suitable will be lightweight transparent fabrics, and heavy dense, and even bamboo or rice fabrics, Japanese straws, etc.
- Special Velcro for curtains. They can be purchased at any store specializing in window design. The fact is that the style of Japanese curtains does not tolerate accessories such as loops, rings and other. Japanese curtains are attached directly to the cornice with Velcro.
- Weights. Sold in the same place where the Velcro, in appearance resemble fishing weights and serve to ensure that your curtains keep perfectly straight form.
Do Japanese curtains with your own hands
First of all, we recommend choosing a fabric, widthroll of which is 60 cm. This will save you from processing the side parts of your curtains. Measure out the length and work the edges. The bottom is processed by the cusp, and the upper one is grounded. It is convenient to produce a base of several canvas at the same time. After that, the curtains should be well ironed, they should be perfectly even. At the bottom edge, attach a weighting agent. Then sew velcro. First, iron the Velcro for shrinkage. Then lay out on the table face up, attach Velcro to the edge, secure with pins and stitch on the typewriter. Then wrap the Velcro on the wrong side and lay the machine seam on the front side of the product. That's all, you made Japanese curtains with your own hands. It remains to hang your curtains on the window. Cornices are ceiling and wall. Before installing, you should determine if your curtain rod will interfere with opening and closing the window, clinging to the handle of the window and touching the battery. The length of the cornice is equal to the width of the window plus 30-40 cm. You will need a ruler and a level. Draw a flat horizontal line on the place where you will have a cornice. Using screwdrivers, screws and dowels, attach the brackets. Make sure the brackets are positioned symmetrically with respect to the window. Usually use two brackets, but if your curtains are very heavy, then it is better to install a couple of extra ones. Then fix the cornice on the brackets and align it with the window. Done. On the cornice there is already a sticky side of the Velcro. Fix them to your curtains and enjoy your own greatness - you did it.