Contemporary homes connect humans to nature in many ways. They make use of natural materials such as bamboo and cork flooring. Large expansive windows are featured which allows plenty of natural lighting to flow throughout the home. Tall glass windows are a popular feature in most contemporary homes today. The doors in such walls usually open up to a courtyard, a garden or a pool. While it is great having all of the natural light in the day, most still prefer to have some privacy at night. This settings call for extra long drapes.
Regardless of how beautiful the view is, extra long drapes are needed for privacy and to protect from daylight glare or evening chill. An extra long, 120 inch curtains of heavier fabric is best suited for rooms with higher ceilings and in lofts where the tall glass wall begins from the floor of the first-level living area and ends at the ceiling of the upper level sleeping area.
Selecting curtains for large windows
Because of its role in protecting from heat, chilly temperatures, and sound, extra long drapes along glass walls require heavier fabric so that their weight pulls them straight down and close to the glass. Dual layering is necessary when covering wide expanses of glass walls to allow some light while still keeping privacy. Brocade, velvet, cotton, and silk are good choices for the outer layer. A white or light-colored semi sheer voile or batiste with loose pleats works well as an inner layer. The use of the sheers as the inner layer will allow plenty of natural light to filter into the room in the daytime. When both layers are closed, you will have complete privacy.
Installation of extra long drapes requires planning. Select a thicker rod to hold the weight of the drapes and apply enough support braces. The use of traverse curtain rods will fair best for floor to ceiling curtains. There are traverse rods to handle light to medium weight drapery panels. This would work best with lighter weight linen or unlined cotton curtains. For heavier curtains with blackout lining and curtains installed over 10 feet, the use of a heavy duty ball bearing traverse rod would work best. These systems are strong enough to handle 8 lbs per foot. An automated system is helpful but expensive. For most extra long curtains, the use of gliders and cords is adequate. But when height is substantial, motorized traverse curtain rods will be the best solution.