Similar in weave and appearance to organza or organdie, "voile" is a semi-sheer fabric that is used primarily in the construction of light and airy dresses, blouses or curtains. Voile, the French word for veil, allows filtered light to shine through with a minimum amount of privacy. Gather the tools you need, and you should be able to hang voile curtain panels in less than 30 minutes.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Step ladder
- Kraft or butcher paper
- Painter's tape
- Drapery rod
- Drapery rod supports and hardware
- Measuring tape
- Small level
- Cordless drill
- Drill bit
Position the step ladder to one side of the window and tape butcher paper where you envision the rod supports will anchor to the wall. Repeat the process with the other side.
Measure the length of one voile panel and then measure that same length from the floor up to where the drapery rod should hang.
Place a level horizontally at that measurement and draw a line on the butcher paper in line with the level. This mark indicates where the rod support should go. Repeat the process on the other side.
Position the drapery support with one hand as you line up the bottom or top of the support with the pencil line. Make a pencil mark through the bracket holes onto the paper. Repeat the process on the other side.
Drill all of the pencil marks to create anchor holes for each support, and then remove the paper from the wall
Tap anchors into the holes with the hammer.
Align the bracket support's holes over the anchors, insert the screw into the top hole and hand-tighten it about three-quarters of the way into the anchor. Repeat with the remaining screws and anchors.
Tighten all of the screws with your drill.
Hang the Drapery Rod
Hold the drapery rod in one hand as you thread the voile panel onto the rod with the other hand. The top of the voile panel has an opening, which is typically 2 to 4 inches wide, and the rod threads through this pocket.
Thread the remaining panels onto the rod, if you are using more than one. Be sure the fabric is facing the same direction as you add each panel.
Climb onto the ladder and carefully place the rod into its supports. You may need to move the panels out of the way so they are not pinched between the rod and the support brackets.
Arrange each panel on the rod to appropriately dress the window.
Hang Voile Panels
Tips and warnings
- Voile panels are often hung inside of heavier, more ornate draperies.
- Voile panels may be machine washed in cold water on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Hang them to dry.
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