Which Curtain Accessories do I need?
Curtains at first look may appear to be a relatively simple product. Yet, the right choice of accessory can make all the difference to the style of your room. One practical accessory that can help you make a statement with your curtains is the choice of tie-back. A tie-back is essentially a practical means of keeping the curtains open and pulled back out of the way. Curtain ties are also a way of enhancing your windows and accenting the hues in your existing colour scheme.
Tiebacks or Holdbacks?
First, let’s consider the difference between tiebacks and holdbacks. It is a simple matter of one holding the curtain back and the other tying the curtain back.
Tiebacks are made from soft and flexible materials, which means they can be fashioned out of a range of durable options such rope or braided cord. Tiebacks often come with a D shaped ring that is attached to the wall, which the tieback hooks on to. Tiebacks are not advised for Eyelet curtains, which are designed to naturally fall in a pleated column. This makes the use of tiebacks redundant.
Types of Tiebacks
Braided Curtain Tiebacks - This is a strong tieback that is often used to hold heavy fabrics and comes in either a single braid or with a few large braids. See our Moulin range for an example of braided curtain tiebacks.
Cord Tassel Tiebacks - This essentially a rope design with a tassel. Some come with multiple tassels. Look at our Virage Taupe or Virage Silver for a simple cord tieback or our kiera range, which comes with a tassel.
Matching Fabric Tiebacks - These tiebacks use the same material as the curtain itself to create a fabric loop to hold the curtain back. You can add these tiebacks to all any order for Made to Measure curtains. Some collections in our Ready Made range. can be bought with matching tiebacks for a coordinated look.l.
Decorative tassel curtain tieback - These often come in highly decorative formations and have a large tassel hung from the base. See our Excelsior Mint for an excellent example.
Holdbacks are usually made of metal and are rigidly fixed in place. Instead of removing the tieback from curtain, you remove the curtain from the holdback.
What to Consider when Buying Tiebacks
When buying your tieback or holdback, you need to consider the following:
- Will the curtains be opened and closed frequently?
- How heavy are the curtains and how big does the tieback need to be?
- You will need to buy a pair unless you are accessorising a single panel curtain.
- You do not need tiebacks or holdbacks for Eyelet headed curtains.
- Made to Measure tiebacks can only be bought in conjunction with Made to Measure curtains.
- You need to buy hooks to go along with your tiebacks.
Curtains Tieback Hooks
These are D shaped hooks that are used to loop the tieback around. These come in a range of colours and materials, including such options as Matt Nickel.
How to install your hooks
- Choose the location for your hook. Most people choose for these to be half way up the curtain, or a third of the way from the bottom. Measure from the top of the curtain to the bottom and mark a place either half way down or a third off the way from the bottom.
- Ask someone to hold the curtain back at the point you have marked. Much about the aesthetics of positioning tiebacks and holdbacks is about personal taste.
- Once happy, measure to the same point on the other side of the window, using a measuring tape and a pencil.
- Attach using screws and rawlplugs.
Cushions are used to accessorise chairs and sofas and also to make them more comfortable. They are commonly known as scatter cushions and sometimes throw cushions. As well as a decorative role cushions are also use them to alleviate the stress of sitting on hard surfaces, such wooden benches.
Choosing the Inside Padding of Cushions
You can select polyester or feather filling. Polyester is longer lasting and keeps its shape much more. Feather filling is softer and shapes better when leaning against it, it tends to feel more luxurious to the touch.
To care for your cushion, you should:
- Tease fibres or plump feather, meaning that you need to squeeze and reshape the cushion regularly.
- Wash both polyester and feather cushions in the washing machine but be sure to carefully follow the instructions, particularly with feather-filled cushions.
- Turn the cushions over at regular intervals to ensure even wear.
- If you wish to wash covers separately this is easier with covers that come with zips or poppers. It is still important to carefully follow washing instructions, as shrinkage can make cushions unusable.
Made to Measure Cushions
Made to measure cushions can only be bought in conjunction with your Made to Measure curtains. As with our Ready Made cushions, padding comes in either feather or polyester. You can purchase bespoke cushions in a range of sizes, these include:
- 16 inch / 40.6 cm
- 18 inch / 45.7 cm
- 20 inch / 50.8cm