If you read my previous post, you might aware that I am preparing myself to move into a new place. Like I wrote in an earlier post, it's not as simple as what people may things. All details need to be taken care of. I don't have the cash to pay for an Interior Designer to do that for me. So, I am trying to do this on my own. I visited the curtain shop before and they quoted me a freaking RM6,000 for the whole house. The cheapest is RM3,000. That's insane! They said that's the cheapest. WTH!
I have settled the kitchen window with zebra blinds, which I bought at an online store and it cost me only RM45. I will find my courage to learn to use the wall drill equipment soon. (psst! no confidence in this since I have bad motor skills. It may end up a disaster. isk isk isk) For starting, I will hire an installer for the whole house fittings.
Most of the places, I move in was fully equipped with a curtain or the most basic the curtain rod was already installed. This new place that I am moving to has none. I have to install it on my own. Basically, this place is a blank canvas.
The fixture selection is almost done except for the curtain rod. Then the installer can do the job for me. I have a hard time choosing a suitable curtain rod. You may say, just visit IKEA and your problem solved! Well, you need to have some basic knowledge too before visiting IKEA or you may end up wasting your whole day and back with nothing. Do you know the IKEA queue is super long every day? I am one person who has to be in the crowd and don't even mentioned asking me to queue. Not even on my list! I would rather buy online and get it to deliver to my doorstep.
How to Choose a Curtain Rod?
1. Rod Size
We are not talking about the measurement of your window or sliding door. This is more on the diameter of the curtain rod. If you follow book tips, it is advisable to choose at least 1 inch (2.5cm) in diameter. I agreed with this since the thin rod may look cheap and will bend down the rod in the middle once you install the curtain due to overbearing weight drapes. I made a concluding the rod need to be as sturdy as possible.
Make sure to add at least 3 - 6 inches beyond the frame of the window or sliding door, to make sure your window or sliding door look larger and allow additional light to stream in. The curtain will rest against the wall rather than blocking the light when open. Best to get the adjustable rod.
3. Rod with brackets
Find a rod with support brackets and install it in a location where it will not interfere with hanging opening or closing the curtains.
4. Rod colour
I would say this is more of a personal choice. Sone prefers woody type some will go for metal. I chose mine with all white. I am more into 'fengshui'. I am planning to create a 'zen' and peaceful mind environment. (Not sure whether this will happen with my no skill and interior sense). I avoid dark colour in my new place.
5. Type of curtain
Before installing the rod, you need to have in mind the type of curtain to hang on the rod. There are few types of curtain hanger style. If you want the 2 pieces curtain then the best option is double layer rod. So you can have a day curtain and blackout curtain in a separate rail. The double-layer rod cost more expensive than the single one. You can also install the single rod and opt to have double layer curtain. I notice some seller sell the double layer attached curtain.
Curtain style :
Style 1 - Rod pocket
Style 2 - Grommet Top
Style 3 - Hooks Tape Top
Style 4 - Multi functional back tab design
If you are wondering how to buy the curtain online. For example, the measurement is 200cm (width) x 220cm (height), just buy 2 pieces of those and hang it on the rod. It will have a nice flowy style.
I spent a total of less than RM400 on the curtain rod and one blind. Moreover, the rod came with all the complete set including the bracket and it just waiting to be installed. Currently, headache to choose the curtain pattern suit the interior. I also need to think about the curtain material too. I don't think the whole curtain project will cost me RM6k as quoted. It will be less than RM1k including the curtain buckle and even the installer fees.
Update: I failed in my own mission. I end up spending RM1500 in total for my whole house curtain and blinds. isk isk isk