How To Dress Up Your Cheap Curtains

Just because you are on limited budget doesn’t mean your home decor has to reflect it.  Window treatments can run into costs, but with the right attitude and a little effort, you can add flair to your cheap curtains.  Look online and browse through sites dedicated to modern curtains to get an idea for a look that you can recreate with what you already have, or can get for a few dollars in most hardware stores.

Start by taking a look at your existing curtains and how they suit the room they are hanging in.  Generally, longer curtain lengths add formality to a room, while shorter lengths open up space and makes it more cheerful. Thus, you will want to use your floor-length curtains for the living room, and other areas you use for entertaining.  Curtains that go up the height of the window sill will look its best in the kitchen and other family areas like the playroom.

Next, study your curtain, and note the material used and the style.  Is the fabric sheer or thick?  Often, cheap curtains are made of sheer materials.  One way that you can make cheap curtains look more expensive is to add a lining to it.  The lining will add substance to the curtain, resulting in richer-looking folds.  Lining material does not need to be expensive.  In fact, if you have some old flat sheets in a neutral shade, you can whip out your sewing machine and simply attach them to the back of your curtain panels.

Cheap Curtains - You Can Make Them Work!

Cheap Curtains - You Can Make Them Work!

Look at how your curtain attaches to the rod.  If the curtain rod attaches to it by grommets or tabs, then the curtain rod is visible when the panel is hung.  You can buy a remnant piece from a fabric store at a cheap price and use it as swag or valance.  Brocades and silks are not that expensive when marked down as remnants, and you can probably score a good length at your local market.  There are lots of instructional videos and guides online that you can check to learn how to drape a valance.

If your curtains are not really meant for a formal look, you can use a length of colourful silk ribbon as a tieback and embellish it with a bunch of artificial flowers.  Or use a brooch for a bohemian touch.  Look around the house to see what could work, and simply use whatever materials you have on hand.

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Basic Installation Of Concrete Anchor Bolts

The strength of concrete anchor bolts is only as good as the installation job done by the contractor. Poorly or improperly installed anchors will not hold up to published strength ratings, and as a result, can cause issues with building construction.

To make sure the job is done right, contractors and structural engineers need to work together to ensure the proper hardware is used and installed according to the engineers plans. To install anchor bolts for concrete, the process has a common theme: Drill a hole, usually about the same size as the bolt shaft, and drive it in. However, different applications require different bolts, as well as slightly different installation guidelines.

Using drop-in anchors as an example, here are some simple steps to install them. This hardware has slots allowing the body to expand uniformly, and they are ideal for flush mounting situations. Start by drilling a hole which is the same diameter as the bolt; next, clear out the dust and particles from the hole; drop in the anchor, with the slotted ends leading; finish the installation by using a set tool to secure it.

Learn the proper ways to install concrete anchor bolts.

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For vibratory loads, double expansion hardware is the best choice. To properly set these, drill the hole; using the outside diameter of the anchor as a guideline, set the hardware in the hole, and tap it in. With installation complete, the bolt can be removed and replaced without their holding value. The strength of double expansion anchors lies in the fact that they create strong bonds as the cones are pulled toward one another.

If in doubt about which anchors to use like for LCD wall mounts, ask a knowledgeable staff member where you are shopping for help, or follow the forums if shopping online. Good concrete anchors are going to last a lifetime, if they are properly installed.

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