Cafe curtains are a popular style of curtains. They are no longer used in Cafes. They are used in many places in people’s homes. Cafe curtains are half-curtains. They are used to provide privacy at home and they also allow the most favorable amount of natural light. They are suitable with kitchen windows. They can help mothers to watch up their kids through uncovered space of 6 to 10 inches.
Cafe curtains are not always functionally ideal for many people. Here are some ideas for Cafe curtains that will make them work for different decorating styles:
1. For a traditional home, you can use spring-loaded rods or brass rods. From these rods, you can hang Cafe curtains scalloped with lace or fringed details, and they look very nice indeed.
2. For more privacy at night, you can hang full-length curtain panels over the Cafe curtains. The Cafe curtain and a beautiful layered effect will be revealed upon opening the full-length curtain.
3. For the country setting, you can use the following curtain ideas:
a. You can use a tree branch, an iron rod or a recycled quilt cut that can cover the lower part of the window. You can also make a window topper by also using recycled part of the quilt to cover the cornice board.
b. You can use dishtowels and antique handkerchiefs to make excellent Cafe curtain panels as well by sewing them together if they are too small.
c. You also can use also your favorite classical fabric or beautiful shawl to make fantastic Cafe curtain panels. Do not use items that will fade in the sunlight.
d. You can make a fabric shutter for the interior of the window that can allow light and visibility by fitting two wooden frames of equal size that will fit side by side in the lower half or the window. Staple fabric into the shades, then glue trim over the raw fabric edges. Hang your fabric shutters on hinges like a regular interior shutter.
e. In a transitional or eclectic home, curtain rods might be simple. You can find unusual items used as curtain rods, such as a hand carved cane, a decorative sword, a Sheppard’s crook, an arrow, or any other item that can be used in place of a traditional rod.
f. Electric people would like using traditional window treatment in non-traditional ways. They can use any fabric with the chosen rod by using simple curtain rings with clips. They can also use long ribbons or chains to secure the height of the Cafe curtain. With this style of Cafe curtains, one can string beads or strips of ribbon on a simple rod.
g. As for modern decor, one can use natural items that can be hung on grommets and a simple stainless steel rod like sisal mats, or rice paper. Rigid items such as placemats can be used as well instead of curtain panels. For a funky Cafe curtain, a recycled shower curtain, or pieces or Plexiglas can be used.