If you want to make a smaller room appear bigger it’s worth considering curtains with a vertical stripe. The pattern tricks the eye into making your ceiling appear taller, creating the illusion of extra space.
Curtain Header types
- Pencil Pleats
- Suitable for use with both curtain and tracks, close pleats are created by pulling the cords on the header tape, making sure that the are tied/knotted at one end before gathering. Multiple hook positions enable the curtain to be hung at different heights. For poles insert the curtain hooks into the top hook position so that the curtain hangs below the pole. For tracks insert the curtain hooks into one of the lower hook positions so that the track is covered bt the curtain. Please note that once the cords have been pulled, the curtains are non-returnable.
- Ring (eyelet)
- Suitable for use with curtain poles only, eyelet curtains consist of a row of eyelets across the top of the curtain which fit directly on to the curtain pole; no gathering is required. Standard eyelet diameter is 4cm, however other diameters are available.
- Tab Top
- Suitable for use with curtain poles only, tab top curtains consist of tabs of fabric stitched to the top of the curtain which loop around the pole
- Hidden Tab Top
- Suitable for use with curtain poles only, fabric tabs are stitched to the back of the curtain creating a pleated effect which covers the pole
- Slop Top
- Suitable for use with curtain/voile poles and tension rods, a channel of fabric across the top of the curtains allows the pole to be 'threaded' giving a soft gathered effect
Curtain Fabric Types
Fabric Terms And Definitions
- Pattern or design made by cutting out a separate fabric design or motif and stitching it on to the face of another fabric.
- Basket Weave
- A simple weave of 2 or more ends and picks woven side by side as one; the finished effect resembling a basket effect.
- Medium to heavyweight closely woven fabric in a plain or twill weave. Usually made from 100% cotton, although polyester/cotton blends are available.
- A fabric which has a chenille yarn in the weft. A chenille yarn has a cut pile which gives it a soft texture.
- A type of weaving method which produces fabric with small repeating designs.
- A decorative design or pattern applied to a fabric by means of stitching.
- Faux Suede
- Fabric woven to resemble suede leather. The suede effect is achieved by sanding/brushing the surface of the fabric.
- The threads in the length (warp) of a fabric.
- Decorative detail applied to the surface of a fabric in a particular pattern, using adhesive. Finely chopped fibres are applied are applied to the fabric and stick to the adhesive print, forming the design.
- Decorative woven fabric produced by means of a jacquard mechanism attached to the loom, enabling detailed/intricate, large scale designs to be produced. Damasks, tapestries and brocades are types of jacquard fabrics.
- The threads in the width (weft) of a fabric.
- Design produced by means of coloured pigments applied to the surface of the fabric.
- A finely woven plain weave fabric with a smooth, crisp handle and a lustrous appearance.
- Satin Weave
- A traditional fabric with a smooth, lustrous finish, consisting of float yarns on the face of the fabric.
- A woven fabric with a short, dense, cut pile which gives a luxurious appearance and soft handle.
- A fine, sheer woven fabric with a crisp feel.
Curtain Measuring and Size Guide
As our curtains already allow for a full gather, all you need to do is measure the total width of curtain track or pole (excluding decorative finials). This should be positioned 15cm (6in) above the window - ideally extended 15 - 20cm (6 - 8in) on either side. Check your measurement falls within our guide.
Note: It is important to decide where you want your curtains to finish. Popular choices include just above or just below the window sill, above a radiator or floor length
- For sill length curtains measure 1.25cm (0.5”) above the sill.
- If curtains are to hang below the sill, measure 15cm (6”) below it and allow 2.5cm (1”) above any radiators to prevent heat loss behind curtains
- For floor length curtains, measure 1.25cm from the floor. Alternatively you can let the curtains ‘pool’ on the floor for an alternative look
|Sill Curtains||For sill curtains measure 1.25cm (0.5in) above the sill. If curtains are to hang below the sill, measure 15cm (6in) below it and allow 2.5cm (1in) space above the radiators to prevent heat loss behind curtains.|
|Floor Length Curtains||For floor length curtains measure 1.5cm from the floor.|
|Tab Top||For tab top curtains, measure from the top edge of the pole. If existing curtains are not tab tops, raise pole 15cm (6in) above window to prevent light spill between pole and curtains.|
|Ring Top Curtains||For ring tops, measure from the top of the pole and add 4cm - the fabric will then sit above the pole.|
Curtain Size Guide
|117||46||137||54||Pair fits track/pole width up to 152cm (5ft)|
|117||46||183||72||Pair fits track/pole width up to 152cm (5ft)|
|117||46||229||90||Pair fits track/pole width up to 152cm (5ft)|
|168||66||137||54||Pair fits track/pole width up to 229cm (7ft 6in)|
|168||66||183||72||Pair fits track/pole width up to 229cm (7ft 6in)|
|168||66||229||90||Pair fits track/pole width up to 229cm (7ft 6in)|
|229||90||183||72||Pair fits track/pole width up to 305cm (10ft)|
|229||90||229||90||Pair fits track/pole width up to 305cm (10ft)|
- Size relate to single curtains.
- Some designs may be available in different width options to those stated above
- Due to the fabric width available, some curtains may have a join in them.
Selected ranges are available with additional accessories to co-ordinate with your curtains, i.e:
Valances, Swags & Tails
- Scarf Valance (scarf hooks/holders/corbels required)
- Straight Valances (additional track or double pole required)
- Swags (additional track required)
Caring for your Curtains
- Follow the recommended care instructions as indicated on the label inside the curtain (e.g. machine washable, dry clean, hand wash)
- For pleated curtains, ensure that the hooks are removed before cleaning and loosen the draw cords
- Some curtains (for example velours, velvets and those made from cotton fabrics) may be creased when first removed from the packaging. Steaming or ironing the curtains will remove any creases, which will drop out over time when hung at the window
- Thermal and blackout backed curtains should be ironed on the front using a warm iron setting. The backing should not be ironed as it will become damaged under direct heat
Types fo Blinds
|Roller||Operated by means of beaded side controls. Available with a variety of bottom edge treatments (straight, scalloped, castellated and eyelet). Roller blinds are available as light filtering (helps cut out damaging or uncomfortable direct sunlight) or total blackout (thermal backed, no outside light filters through, saves energy. Ideal for kids' rooms).|
|Roman||Side operated cording mechanism, forming soft pleats when the blind is raised.|
|Venetian||Consisting of horizontal slats which can be tilted, raised or lowered to let in as much or as little light as you require. Available in a variety of substrates (aluminium, wood and PVC) and colours. Made to measure wooden Venetian blinds are also available.|
|Vertical||Consisting of vertical slats which can be tilted or drawn using a simple side corded mechanism. Slats can be tilted to let in as much or a little light as you require.|
- All blinds are supplied with fixtures and fittings plus instructions for easy hanging.
- Certain styles can be cut to size as indicated in the fitting instructions.
- Blinds are non-returnable once cut to fit or assembled.
WARNING Young children can strangle in the loop pull cords, chains and tapes, and cords that operate window coverings. They can also wrap cords around their necks. To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of the reach of children. Move beds, cots and furniture away from window covering cords. Blinds are provided with a child safety device which should be fitted as indicated in the instructions.
Measuring Guide for Blinds
Measuring Guide (Roller, Roman and Venetian Blinds)
Measuring for a blind to hang inside the window recess:
The recess must have a minimum depth of 10cm (4in).
Measure the drop from the top of the window to the sill at 3 equally spaced places. Note down the shortest measurement.
Measure the width of the recess from wall to wall in 3 places and again note down the shortest measurement.
Measuring for a blind to hang outside the window recess:
Measure the exact drop from where you want the blind to hang from to where you want the blind to finish. Note down the measurement.
Measure the exact width of where you want your blind to cover and note down the measurement.
Measuring Guide (Vertical Blinds)
Our vertical blinds are easy to fit and come in a choice of headrail widths.
Firstly decide whether you want the blind to hang inside or outside the window recess. For inside the recess measure the width where the track is to be fitted and deduct 1cm. For outside the recess add approximately 10cm each side of your recess measurement.
Caring for your Blinds
- Blinds can be dusted with a synthetic or feather duster
- The upholstery attachment on a vacuum cleaner can also be used for fabric blinds
- Never use scourers, abrasives or chemical cleaners
- Our curtain poles are available in metal and wood, in variety of diameters, colours and finishes
- Co-ordinating holdbacks and finials also available, in traditional and modern styles.
- Our curtain poles are supplied complete with fixtures and fittings and instructions. Poles are supplied with 1 ring for every 10cm of curtain pole
- Curtain poles can be used with all curtain header types: pleated, ring (eyelet), tab tops and hidden tabs.
- Bay window poles are also available, and are designed to fit most 3 sided bay windows. A separate returns kit allows the pole to return into the room from the window recess, but please note that if using the returns kit with the bay window pole, two pairs of curtains are required due to the position of the brackets
|Pole Diameter up to 16mm||Suitable for voiles and lightweight curtains|
|Pole Diameter 16-22mm||Suitable for light to medium weight curtains|
|Pole Diameter 25-28mm||Suitable for medium to heavy weight curtains|
|Pole Diameter 35mm||Suitable for heavy weight curtains|
|Voile Poles||Suitable for voile curtains only|
|Tension Rods||Suitable for nets and voile curtains only|
Curtain Tracks and Other accessories
- An alternative to curtain poles, suitable for pencil pleated curtains only
- Ensure that the track is suitable for the weight of curtains which will be hung from them
- Curtain tracks are generally made from plastic (PVC) but metal tracks are also available
Scarf Hooks, Holders & Corbels
- Sold in pairs, these enable a scarf valance to be draped across the top of a window for decorative effect