Hanging Curtains

Curtain Care

On unpacking your curtains, you may find creases or pressure marks present in the fabric. These will normally fall out naturally after hanging for a few days. If you like, the curtains (except velvets) may be lightly ironed on the reverse side only. Velvet curtains will show creases & pressure marks when first hung, but these will dissapear as the pile lifts and the fabric returns to its natural form.

Hanging Instructions

If you have selected curtains with Pencil pleats, at the top by the curtain heading on either side you will find 3 loose cords. You will need to draw up the cords to finish the curtains.

Warning : Do not pull straight away, read instructions below.

Securely knot together the 3 cords on the leading edge (where the two curtains meet). From the opposite side, pull the 3 cords together at the same time to gather the curtain into even pleats until the required width has been reached.

Tie off the cords but do not cut off any excess, as the curtain will need to be ungathered for cleaning. The loose cords can easily be tucked away neatly behind the heading tape.

Insert a hook at each end of the heading tape, and then approximately 10 cm apart across the width of each curtain.

You need to have the same number of hooks on your curtain as gliders on your track/rings on your pole. Remember to choose your hook position in the heading tape accordingly, depending on whether you have a track or pole.

We recommend using the top row of the header tape for poles which results in the top of the curtain sitting below the pole, and the middle row of the header tape for tracks which results in the top of the curtain hiding the track.

You can now proceed to hang your curtains by inserting the curtain hooks into the fixed gliders for tracks or into the pole rings.

If you have selected Eyelet or Tab Top, simply slide the pole through the top of the curtain, gathering the fabric into even folds. Remember to ensure that your first fabric fold is facing backwards with the front of the fabric showing outward. Replace the finials on each end of the pole to secure the curtain. Finally, rest the pole back into the wall bracket and fix accordingly. Ensure you have the same number of hooks on your curtain as gliders on your track/rings on your pole.

These curtains will arrive at the correct width, so all you need to do is simply insert your pin hooks into the heading. If the curtains are to be hung from a track and it is to be hidden, then insert the hooks at a lower level. The pin hooks should be inserted in to the verticle seam at the back of the curtain, at the required height. Ensure you have the same number of hooks on your curtain as gliders on your track/rings on your pole.

Make sure pin hooks are placed stable to be hung.

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 occue during the first 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 at the window.

Cleaning

Before cleaning remove all curtain hooks if 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 afterward.

Ironing

All curtains (except velvets) can be lightly pressed with a warm iron on the reverse side. Steam, excessive pressure or temperature should be avoided, as 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 assist by brushing upwards to lift the pile. Velvets should always be dry cleaned and never ironed.