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Buying Curtains & Blinds

When choosing curtains and blinds, you'll have plenty of options including colours and patterns. Options can range from bright and vivid tones in bold stripes and geometric designs.

Shop curtains & blinds made-to-measure
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Style & Impact

The style and impact of a curtain will be determined by several factors.

  • Fabric - The type of fabric and design you choose
  • Styling/heading - The type of heading you choose eg. eyelet, pencil tape
  • Curtain drop - The length of drop you choose e.g. sill length, below sill or floor length
  • Another consideration is how they attach to the curtain pole. Pencil pleat curtains are more traditional while eyelet curtains offer a sophisticated, contemporary look.
  • You should also decide whether you want lined curtains. All of our ready made curtains are lined, linings offer blackout characteristics and thermal insulation.

Pencil heading

The material is gathered into uniform pleats to gain full impact. The back of the curtain is fitted with a 3" curtain tape. The curtain can then be attached onto a curtain track. The curtain is hung from any pocket position as required.

The curtains have draw cords at the back of the heading tape. Make sure each curtain is drawn to the correct width before hanging and make sure you tie one end. When using a pole the curtain is hung from the top pocket of the tape to reveal the decorative pole. One width of material ruched will reduce to approx half its original width.

Eyelet heading

Suitable only for poles. The drop measurement must be taken from the top of the pole and you must add an extra 3cm to this measurement as this will be the fabric allowance that will appear above the eyelet on the curtain.

Pinch pleat heading

Made to exact track/pole measurements by means of sewn in decorative pleats in 5'' stiffened buckram to each pleat. When attaching on to a curtain pole the pin hooks supplied are fixed half and inch beneath the top of the curtains to reveal the pole.

A single width of material pleated covers approx 16" - 23" of pole depending on the overall pole width.

How to...

Measure for Roman blinds

A Roman blind hangs flat at the window in the lowered position. It is raised by means of draw strings or sidewinder controls attached to thin bars inserted into the blind and this forms straight stepped folds upon rising. *Note - minimum stack drop is 12" when blind is pulled up.

Sidewinder controls are available in chrome metal, gold metal or white plastic.

Blind measurements

Blinds may be fitted either inside or outside the window recess. When deciding whether to fit the blind inside or outside the recess, consider the following points.

It will be necessary to fit the blind outside the recess if:

  • The recess is less than 7.5cm deep
  • The window opens inwards
  • The window is not straight (width or height varies by more than 2cm)
  • To fit in a recess

    Always use a metal tape and measure in millimetres

  • Measure the width (wall to wall) and drop in at least three positions taking account of any protrusions such as tiles, dado rails etc
  • Make a note of the smallest width and drop measurement and quote these as the recess size. We will deduct an approximate adjustment of 1cm for fittings.
  • All blinds are supplied on a track cut to the exact width complete with fittings and are ready to hang from simple press on brackets.

  • To fit outside a recess

    Always use a metal tape and measure in millimetres

  • Measure for the width and drop. We would recommend that you allow the blind to extend approximately 10cm either side of the window and 10cm above and below the window
  • Make a note of the required width and drop measurement and quote these as the blind size
  • All blinds are supplied on a track cut to the exact width complete with fittings and are ready to hang from simple press on brackets.