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Old 09-11-2014, 03:21 PM
 
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I've been looking at this website: Country Curtains, to look at cafe curtains.
I've never done curtains before.
So they had one I like in Toile.
not knowing what toile was I called the company and asked them if this was a material that would fit my situation:
I want cafe curtains in the living room. I know they are usually for the kitchen, but I want to curtain only the bottom 30 inches of the window and leave the top open, so I can see the sky.

I also want privacy, so at night, people passing by cannot see in.

I explained this to the representative and she said that what I wanted was lined curtains, and cafe curtain do not come with lining. (people are buying them for a different purpose, so that makes sense.)

She said that possibly weavers cloth or buffalo check (? _ I think that's what she said) would be thick enough. (tightly woven is what she said.)

so I'm going to ask for swatches, but the swatches are small.

Wonder if you agree with the information I got, and also if anyone has any other suggestions as to material.

thank you.
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Old 09-11-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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If the swatches are too small maybe order a yard or half a yard so you can see the pattern and cloth properly.

Any upholstery fabric should work for curtains, take a walk through a fabric store so you can touch and feel the different types of fabric so you can see what you like.
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Old 09-11-2014, 08:46 PM
 
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As you can see in this link
Our Eclectic Life: (Pretty) quick sew-yourself kitchen cafe curtains scroll down to the bottom to see the finished curtain and see through it is.
the toile fabric can be thin and would not give you the privacy you might want. It could be lined and made to be more block out. I don't know successful this would be though. Keep looking for a heavier fabric if you indeed want privacy.
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I know you said you wanted cafe curtains, but another option you might want to consider would be a top down shade. That would give privacy at the bottom with the ability to lower it from the top so you get light and a view of the sky.

Top Down Bottom Up Shades Allow You to Lower & Raise Both Ends
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Old 09-13-2014, 04:53 AM
 
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Default I never knew this existed!

But I always said this would make sense.

I think they are more than I can afford, but anyway, I'm going to look this over. Thanks!

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I know you said you wanted cafe curtains, but another option you might want to consider would be a top down shade. That would give privacy at the bottom with the ability to lower it from the top so you get light and a view of the sky.

Top Down Bottom Up Shades Allow You to Lower & Raise Both Ends
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Old 09-13-2014, 04:57 AM
 
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Default thanks, I love your curtains!

wish I were handy, but I'm not. It's not me.

but I do admire your work, and of course much more frugal if we can make things ourselves.

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As you can see in this link
Our Eclectic Life: (Pretty) quick sew-yourself kitchen cafe curtains scroll down to the bottom to see the finished curtain and see through it is.
the toile fabric can be thin and would not give you the privacy you might want. It could be lined and made to be more block out. I don't know successful this would be though. Keep looking for a heavier fabric if you indeed want privacy.
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:01 AM
 
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Default thanks, excellent idea. nt

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If the swatches are too small maybe order a yard or half a yard so you can see the pattern and cloth properly.

Any upholstery fabric should work for curtains, take a walk through a fabric store so you can touch and feel the different types of fabric so you can see what you like.
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Old 09-13-2014, 05:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Cafe house curtains are usually made of cotton.
Ideas:
Cafe Curtains Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel and Decor

Where to buy:
http://www1.macys.com/shop/for-the-h...tains?id=57515
Buy Cafe Curtains from Bed Bath & Beyond
Cafe Curtains, Tier Curtains - Swags Galore - Kitchen Curtains
and of course a HUGE selection at Amazon:
Amazon.com: Tiers - Window Treatments: Home & Kitchen

Happy decorating!!
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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Default thanks.

I love looking at the pictures.


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Old 09-13-2014, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Ballard's has lined cafe curtains. They're not toile, and I don't know what you would do with the valances, might could use them in the kitchen area.

Cafe Panels | Ballard Designs
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