5 things to consider when choosing curtains…

By Rachel Ducker

1. COLOUR AND FABRIC

Picking the right kind of fabric is an essential part of choosing curtains, since the material will dictate how well the curtains hold up over time.

When it comes to material, linen, silk, faux silk and velvet are the best choices to use for window treatments since they tend to hang the best. If you choose a thin material, remember, any fabric can be interlined with bump, a thick, insulating felt material.

Also, remember sunlight will fade fabrics over time. If the room in question gets a lot of light, it’s smart to avoid bright colours, since they tend to fade faster.

2. OFF-THE-SHELF AND TAILOR MADE DESIGNS

Tailor made designs offer added benefits:

  • You can order the dimensions to your window size and create a tailored look.
  • Custom panels come in endless design options, from material to header style.

If you use a company like Curtains Made Simple you can pick from a wide range of fabrics, colours and styles and they can create tailor made curtains to your exact measurements.

3. LENGTH AND LINING

Top tips:

  • Hanging panels higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room.
  • Hang curtains about six inches above the window frame.
  • Measure from the top of the window.

4. CONSIDER BLACK OUT CURTAINS

Try blackout curtains to reduce light and noise.

If light pollution at night is a problem for you, or if you’re having trouble sleeping in general, these specialty window coverings will effectively block all external light from coming into your bedroom. They will also decrease the sound of outside noise. Black-out curtains are usually made of very heavy polyester or Thermaweave, which is woven fabric that also provides insulation.

  • Blackout curtains can also help insulate the room and keep hot or cold air from seeping in from outside.
  • These specialty curtains can usually be found at any home furnishing store. They come in a wide range of styles, colors, and patterns.
  • Seek out curtains that are labelled with terms like “blackout,” “room-darkening,” and/or “light-blocking.”

5. CONSIDER THE SIZE AND FUNCTION OF THE ROOM

Avoid thick, heavy curtains in small rooms, which will make them feel cramped. Big, airy spaces look great with elegant floor-to-ceiling designs.

Think about the functionality of each room and make sure the curtains make sense in that space.

Don’t use the same window treatment in every room, each space is unique and should be customised.

For help and advice…

Curtains Made Simple has been selling made-to measure curtains and other soft furnishings online for over 10 year and have had thousands of happy customers. If you cannot find a fabric you like on their website you can also supply your own. The possibilities are endless.

For more ideas and information see- https://www.curtainsmadesimple.co.uk/

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