It always amazes me how long things take to implement, and I consider myself pretty organised and motivated!
Back in July, I decided that this Kvadrat ready made curtain system would be a nice and simple solution to our slightly hard looking master bedroom windows. A set of floaty voile curtains paired with the roman blinds I had just installed would soften and complete the look. Shortly after that in August I went through the process of measuring up how big the fabric panels needed to be here, and because I was able to get an architect’s discount, ordered some of this Air 4 fabric in white 0100 from Kvadrat. (There are loads of other places on line where you can order net/ voile curtains from)
The fabric arrived, and although the ‘ready made system’ suggests that you can simply cut the fabric and hang it without the need for any sewing, I was concerned that the edges would fray over time in a way that I eventually would be annoyed about. So, as there were no complicated pleats, gathers, or even pockets required, I got my local dry cleaners to both cut and sew a small 1/4″ boarder around each panel (£12/ panel).
The panels were finally ready to collect this weekend, and I at last got around to hanging them. I used a piece of cardboard cut to the recommended 150mm apart spacing to make the clipping of the pegs into place easier and to ensure consistency. The pegs have 3 little spikes (as seen in the photo) and they gripped the fabric nicely – just make sure you don’t install them in the wrong spot as they do leave a bit of a hole! The clips were fairly stiff to snap shut (sometimes they made a satisfying ‘click’, and sometimes they didn’t, which was not satisfying at all), but once installed, they were very easy to hang. The pegs glide really easily on the waxed string. The wooden end blocks are cleverly designed so that if there is any sag in the string, they can just be twisted to tighten it up straight.
I suppose in essence the system is basically a fancy clothes pegs on a washing line… but I still like the simplicity and lightness of how it all looks and am pleased with the overall result. (As a reminder, this is what the windows looked like without the voile curtains)