Tab top curtains feature exposed loops of fabric along the top. These wrap around the rail and support the weight of the curtain, for a vintage feel. Tab tops have been around for a while, long predating the invention of modern track systems, and for this reason they’re a great match for older properties.
Another significant advantage of tab-top stems from their unique look. They’re less formal than other styles of curtain, and are a great match for newer properties, as well as more traditional homes.
Typically, tabs are sewn at intervals of around eight inches. This can, of course, vary according to your personal preference.
A loop of fabric is obviously not as strong as a loop of metal. For this reason, tab tops may wear out more quickly than other types of curtains, particularly if they’re repeatedly opened and closed over the course of a day. For this reason, they’re best fitted where they’ll be used infrequently.
As with all curtains, you’ll want to measure up before fitting. How wide should tab top curtains be? As wide as necessary to cover the window. In the case of tab top curtains, the measurements will determine the length of the rod, rather than vice-versa.
Saying that, be sure to give yourself some breathing space by subtracting a few centimetres from your diameter before doing the calculation. Bear in mind that this is the maximum circumference; there’s nothing to stop you matching large loops with a thin rail, provided that the rail is sufficiently far from the top of the window.
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