Because of the similarities between Voile, Net & Sheer Curtains we've included them all in their own category. Ready made Voile & Net Curtains are often a type of sheer, which is simply a light filtering curtain, typically a shade of white, that allows for privacy and still allows sunlight even when closed. In the United Kingdom, sheer is not often used as a descriptor. Net curtains, while similar to voile, is a bit of a more traditional, victorian style, and easier to clean. Net curtains have also seen a bit of a resurgence in popularity lately, especially in Scotland & London.
Ready made voile curtains can be used in many ways. They can be used as the primary window treatment, layered with heavier draperies or paired with blinds or shades. Their transparency gently filters sunlight without darkening a room. Voiles come in a variety of fabrics, colours and textures, adding to the decorative look of a space. They are attractive on glass entry doors, French doors and hallway windows. Because of their light, airy quality, they create a soft background in rooms with a lot of pattern or other visual attractions. In addition, they suggest homogeneity on mismatched windows and can be gathered to create sections on large windows. They also work well in outdoor spaces, such as verandahs, patios, gazebos and poolside shelters.
Voiles should be hung as other curtains are hung. Depending on the fullness you want, the width should be between two and three times the width of the window. Because they are lightweight and transparent, voiles look good with more fabric. The length of voiles is a personal choice. They can be sill-length, floor-length, fall to just below the sill or puddle on the floor. Voiles also work well as café curtains. To calculate length, measure from the top of the window to the desired length. They can be installed inside the frame or mounted outside the frame. If you are layering them with heavier curtains, they should be installed next to the glass. For outside mounts, the rod should be hung approximately 4 inches above the window, so be sure to add this measurement to the length.
The lightweight fabrics of voiles make them easy to care for. Voiles are made of polyester, cotton, voile silk, linen and other gauzy materials. For ready-made curtains, follow manufacturer's directions for laundering. If you are making them, ask about laundering when you purchase the fabric. Some materials shrink and wrinkle after washing. Dry cleaning may be a better option for these fabrics. Voile curtains should be laundered frequently. Waiting until they look dirty may cause the fabric to discolour. Many materials can be machine-washed on gentle or hand-washed with mild detergent in cool water. Take care not to overload the washing machine so there is ample space for the curtains to move. Let them soak about five minutes before starting the machine. After laundering, tumble dry on air for a few minutes. Remove from the dryer while they are still damp, hang on a line, and straighten the fabric so that it regains its shape. Use a cool iron to remove wrinkles and puckers along seams.
Ready made net curtains, on the other hand, are often simpler to clean. Typically a simple delicate washing machine cycle, using cold temperatures and avoiding harsh detergents is best. For a complete and fully detailed guide, we recommend cleanipedia.Do soundproof curtains really work? Find out more here.
If you do not need heavy draperies for privacy, voiles work well. Their transparency and fullness provide just enough privacy for most rooms during daylight hours. However, at night, they are see-through when inside lights are on. If you like the look of voiles but want to control privacy, pair them with heavier curtains that can be drawn when more privacy is needed.
Traditional voiles are knitted net or lace, with light passing through the spaces between knots. Voile is a woven fabric, usually made of 100% cotton. It is lightweight, soft, silky-feeling and transparent. Today's voile fabrics also are made of polyester/cotton blends or 100% polyester. Voile is available in many colours, patterns and textures.
One of the benefits of voiles is that they filter light, which reduces the intensity of sunlight and glare. If your windows face west or south, they may get a large dose of ultraviolet light. Voiles protect interior furnishings and upholstery from fading and damage from UV light. Experts recommend choosing light colours for curtains at these windows to prevent the curtains from fading.
The best materials for voile curtains are those that complement your interior decor, enhance the beauty of the window and appeal to your taste. There are many materials used for voiles, including voiles, gauzy cottons, polyester, lace, net, silk and linen. Other popular materials for voiles are organza, chiffon and georgette. Many patterns are available, including jacquards, embroidered cotton, dotted Swiss, panels with metallic threads that sparkle in the light and prints. Although classic voiles are white or ivory, voiles are available in almost every colour of the rainbow. Each fabric has a distinctive weave, texture and sheen. In addition, different materials drape distinctively. Some fall gracefully from the rod, and others form stiff pleats. Some are billowy, creating a romantic look. You can select materials and styles that create the look you want. Deconovo offers voile curtains in an assortment of materials, sizes and styles, including rod pocket, grommet-top, cafes and tab-top. Browse our website to find curtains that work with your budget and decorative needs. You can purchase Deconovo curtains through our website or with our online partners.