My chenille curtains seem too heavy for spring and summer. Shall I change the drapes completely for the warmer seasons?

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  • Karlean M Karlean M on Apr 19, 2012
    Hi Rivka. When I moved into my house, I refused to put up drapes because they have to be changed every season. I only have mini blinds in every room that has a window. I consider drapes more of a hassle as well as a dust collector. :)

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Apr 19, 2012
    Rivka, looks like you have a doggie friend. Another reason not to have chenille. There are so many other choices today that don't require the cleaning/upkeep to keep them looking good.

  • Rivka I Rivka I on Apr 20, 2012
    @Karlean - that answers my question! Yes, I do need to change according to the seasons! I vacuum my drapes, sills, blinds and windows then I wash all the glass surfaces including windows every month. I wouldlove to have only vertical blinds but I find the drapes really keep my heating bills down amazingly. In fact, my heating bill was cut in half the month I put up my drapes and has been at record lows since. It just seems like a lighter material might be in keeping with the season.

  • Karlean M Karlean M on Apr 20, 2012
    Rivka, I found the following info on E-HOW. Good luck. Curtains: One option is to convert conventional drapes to energy saving ones by keeping curtains flush to the wall, enclosing the drapes over the top of the rod, and choosing drapes that reach the floor. Use magnetic tape or Velco to attach drapes at the sides to the wall as reducing air flow increases efficiency 25 percent. Curtains that are made of material that reflects sunlight, especially those with a white or light-colored fabric, are also good choices. Tightly woven material, thermal curtains and double layers of curtains are also helpful. Shades: Generally, shades are more efficient than standard blinds or curtains by virtue of how closely they sit next to the window. Regular shades reduce heat exchange by 28 percent while those that use side tracks to seal the edges reduce heat exchange by up to 45 percent. The best options in shades are those that are reversible, with one side that is light and reflective and the other is dark and heat-absorbing. In summer, the reflective side should face the outside.

  • Susan S Susan S on Apr 20, 2012
    Hi Rivka - I prefer to have a light airier look in the summer so I have my winter look AND my summer look. I not only change the window treatments but my comforter, shams & bedskirt. For summer I've used the light creamy crinkle fabric and then a 218" scarf swagged & poofed over a decorative rod. I use a large over-size tassel tieback in the center of the rod looped around the center of the scarf to create the swag and let the tassel hang in the center. I love using the large window scarves - they're so versatile and you can create tons of different looks with the same piece of fabric. You just have to play around and fool w/it alot. I did find that because this fabric is sooo slick it can be a challenge to work with so I use oodles of straight pins until I get it where I want. Hope this helps. I wasn't smart enough to take pictures last summer before I disassembled for the winter scene!! It's about time to put it back together again so I'll take some then if you're interested. HAPPY DECORATING!!!

  • Pat880866 Pat880866 on Mar 02, 2015
    White sheers would look nice in summer!

  • Ltt834476 Ltt834476 on Jul 27, 2015
    Yes, change them out for the summer, warmer days. Just like your bed comforters. You use heavier ones in the winter, lighter in the summer.