Curtain Buying Guide

We believe curtains are the inception of great design and no longer just a finishing touch to a room. Be it Ready Made or Made to Measure; you will find all the information you need for buying, hanging, measuring and caring for curtains. Read More +

Follow our simple steps to make buying curtains fun and easy! Choose Sheer voiles in the Summer; Blackout velvets in the Winter, or why not choose an all-time favourite, durable Linen? Eyelet, tab top, pencil and pinch pleat; we are here to explain the differences to help you find the perfect pair within our large collection. Back to top

READY MADE

Our Ready Made curtains all come fully backed or lined. They are available in a wide range of sizes, ensuring a good fit for standard sized windows. Choose from a variety of plain and patterned curtain fabrics. Delivery takes 1-3 working days.

Top Tip

  • You can buy curtains 20 cm longer or shorter than your pole or track length. Eg. a width of 229 cm will fit a pole or track between 209 cm and 249 cm.

MADE TO MEASURE

Our Made to Measure curtains are custom made to your specific requirements. You have the freedom to decide on the fabric, exact dimensions, curtain heading and the curtain lining fabric. Our fully bespoke curtains can be delivered to your door in 3-4 weeks.

First, choose up to 5 free swatches which are delivered directly to you. From the comfort of your own home, you can select the perfect fabric for your new curtains. Once you have your measurements, you can decide whether to have a pair or single curtain for your window and also what heading you would like your curtains to hang from. Lastly, there is a choice of linings to finish your bespoke curtains each with their own advantages. You are now ready to order your unique curtains!

Express Collection

Our Express Made to Measure range offers our fastest bespoke curtain solution. With the Express Collection; simply choose the fabric, enter the exact dimensions, choose curtain heading and the curtain lining fabric. These Express curtains can be delivered to your door in just 7-10 days.

CURTAIN HEADINGS

Pencil Pleat
Pencil Pleat

This is one of our most popular headings. These consist of slim folds of fabric grouped together to form a neatly pleated row. Suitable for both curtain poles and tracks.

Double Pinch Pleat
Double Pinch Pleat

These consists of slim folds of fabric sewn into groups of two pleats with a small gap in between. Suitable for both poles and tracks.

Triple Pinch Pleat
Triple Pinch Pleat

These consists of slim folds of fabric sewn into a group of three pleats with a small gap in between. Suitable for both poles and tracks.

Tab Top
Tab Top

These feature fabric loops at the top which the curtain pole passes through. Tab top can be used to showcase the pattern of the curtain as the curtain fabric is flat when the curtains are shut. Suitable for curtain poles only.

Eyelet
Eyelet

This is one of our most popular headings. These feature 4 cm eyelet holes spaced evenly through the top of the curtain. When closed, eyelet curtains give a beautiful wave look. They are suitable for curtain poles only, and only to be paired with poles of at least a 3 cm diameter. If you have a larger pole, we can make your curtains with a larger eyelet diameter.

CURTAIN FULLNESS

Flat
Flat
50% Fullness
50% Fullness
100% Fullness
100% Fullness

Curtain fullness means the amount of fabric that is used on the curtain track or pole. Depending on the size of the fabric, different curtain styles can be created through various fullness ratios. However, it is not essential to take curtain fullness into consideration when buying curtains from us. We always use the exact amount of fabric for each individual style.

CURTAIN STYLES

Pair
Pair

Double panel curtains can provide precise control of the direction and amount of light being let into the room.

Single
Single

Opt for a single panel if your window can easily be covered with just one panel, or if your window requires a specific measurement that needs to be covered with an odd number of panels.

CHOOSING THE CORRECT LINING FOR YOUR CURTAINS

Standard
Standard

All our curtains come with our standard lining at no extra cost, except for net curtains. The lining is made from a high-quality cotton mix with an ivory finish. Having lined curtains will make your curtains thicker and more durable, making them better at insulating.

Blackout
Blackout

Blackout lining can block out the sunlight completely. It is commonly used in bedrooms so you are not disturbed by the sunlight. In comparison with the Standard lining, the Blackout lining is made from a thicker material, which means they good for insulation and noise reduction.

Bonded Interlining
Bonded Interlining

Bonded Interlining is made from bonding standard curtain lining together with a cotton and polyester fleece. It is perfect for giving the curtains a thicker look and great for energy efficiency, keeping the warmth in and the cold out.

Thermal Linings
Thermal Linings

Our thermal lined curtains are a great way to save on energy bills, as they can retain warmth inside a room during the colder weather. They can also block heat from coming in during the warmer weather. This style of lining is great for keeping your room at a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons.

Cotton

Cotton curtains can add a soft touch to your room’s interior. They are natural and lightweight, keeping your home cool from the sun while allowing gentle breezes to pass through.

They are more resistant to heat when compared with manmade fibres. They are easy to clean, iron well, and easy to care for in general.

Polyester

Polyester curtains are strong, durable, and are excellent at retaining their colour. They are easy to clean and they hold their shape well, which helps to resist wrinkles.

They are more affordable compared to curtains made with natural fibres. As polyester is a synthetic material, it is resistant to mould and mildew.h attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Be sure to get into all the creases of the curtain and vacuum down the length of the curtain. Vacuum curtains at least once a month to avoid buildup of dust.

Linen

Linen curtains are lightweight and can give a natural look to a room. They can also insulate better than manmade fibres.

Because of their practicality, they are an ideal choice for windows that are frequently open in the warmer seasons, and windows with small gaps which lets the wind to pass through during Winter.

Viscose

Viscose is a synthetic fibre with a silky feel and appearance. Curtains made from viscose are great for adding luxury and a soft touch to your room.

When combined with polyester, linen or cotton, this material becomes extremely durable and it can withstand changes in heat and moisture in the air. It also becomes resistant to wrinkles.

Velvet

Velvet is a soft fabric that can be made from a range of fibres, such as Viscose, Cotton, Rayon, Silk and Polyester. It is woven into a double cloth, so it is heavy in weight. Velvet is a traditional fabric gives a heritage feel with its strong sheen and use with rich colours.

Velvet curtains can instantly add visual weight to your room, giving it a luxurious and unique feel. As they are thick and dense, they can insulate well.

General Care Advice / Cleaning

Cleaning & Care Advice

 

Dressing Your Curtains

We recommend all curtains to be tied in their folds for up to 48 hours to allow the folds to form. It is best to lightly tie the curtains at 3 points, top, middle and bottom, using a soft ribbon or strips of fabric to avoid any tie marks.

Shrinkage

Please note that some shrinkage may occur during the first dry cleaning cycle, sometimes up to 5%. There is sufficient fabric available within the hem to allow for any necessary adjustment in length. Occasionally, certain atmospheric conditions can also cause shrinkage in curtains whilst they are hanging by the window.

Cleaning

Before cleaning, remove all curtain hooks if you are using any. If you have pencil pleat curtains, untie the draw cords at one end and stretch the curtain out flat. We highly recommend that all curtains should be dry cleaned. Curtains should be re-hung as soon as possible afterwards.

Ironing

All curtains (except velvet) can be lightly pressed with a warm iron on the reverse side. Steam, excessive pressure or temperature should be avoided. This can cause the curtain fabric to shrink or stretch.

Velvets

Velvet pile is prone to flattening during transit or cleaning, which can show as patches of darker & lighter shade. These marks will eventually disappear when the curtains have been hung for a period of time but it may be necessary to brush the fabric upwards in order to lift the pile. Velvets should always be dry cleaned and never ironed.