Curtains, Blinds & Poles Buying Guide
Window dressing is a great way to jazz up your living spaces without spending a fortune. Our range of curtains, blinds, poles & accessories are available in a variety of sizes styles and colours to co-ordinate with and complement the style of your room.
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Curtain Header Types
Suitable for use with both curtain poles and tracks, close pleats are created by pulling the cords on the header tape, making sure that the cords 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 by the curtain. Please note that once the cords have been pulled, the curtains are non-returnable.
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.
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.
Suitable for use with curtain/voile poles and tensions rods, a channel of fabric across the top of the curtain allows the pole to be 'threaded' through giving a soft gathered effect.
Note: All curtains are fully lined unless otherwise stated. Separate curtain liners are available if required.
Curtain Fabric Types
|Applique||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.|
|Blackout||A fabric with thermal properties which help to reduce heat loss in winter and minimise heat gain in summer, whilst also fully blocking out light. Blackout properties can either be woven into the fabric or achieved by adding a back coat (usually 3 layers). Ideal for kids' rooms or for people on shift work|
|Canvas||A closely woven fabric in a plain or twill weave. Usually made from 100% cotton, although polyester/cotton blends are available|
|Chenille||A fabric which has a chenille yarn in the weft. A chenille yarn has a cut pile which gives it a soft texture.|
|Colour Woven||A fabric where the design is woven into the fabric using coloured yarns|
|Dobby||A type of weaving method which produces fabric with small repeating designs.|
|Embellished||Pattern or design which incorporates the use of sequins, beading, contrast fabrics etc|
|Embroidery||A decorative design or pattern applied to a fabric by means of stitching|
|Faux Suede||Fabric woven or knitted to resemble suede leather. The suede effect is achieved by sanding/brushing the surface of the fabric.|
|Faux Silk||A lightweight woven fabric, with a slub effect resembling real silk, but made from synthetic fibres such as polyester, viscose or blends of|
|Flock||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.|
|Jacquard||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.|
|Metallic||Design detail added to a fabric by means of using a metallic effect thread in the weave or a metallic colour in a print|
|Net||An open, mesh fabric which allows light to filter through the curtain whilst maintaining privacy|
|Plain||A fabric in an single solid colour with no design or pattern detail|
|Design produced by means of coloured pigments applied to the surface of the fabric.|
|Taffeta||A finely woven plain weave fabric with a smooth, crisp handle and a lustrous appearance.|
|Thermal||A fabric which has been back coated, usually with 2 layers, to give thermal properties which help to reduce heat loss in winter and minimise heat gain in summer. Whilst a lot of light is blocked out, some will filter through.|
|Twill||A type of textile weave producing a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs in the fabric|
|Satin Weave||A traditional fabric with a smooth, lustrous finish, consisting of float yarns on the face of the fabric.|
|Velour||A short, plush pile fabric resembling velvet|
|Velvet||A woven fabric with a short, dense, cut pile which gives a luxurious appearance and soft handle.|
|Voile||A fine, sheer woven fabric with a crisp feel. Voile curtains allow light to filter through the curtain whilst maintaining privacy.|
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), allowing an extra 2.5cm (1") for the curtains to overlap in the middle when closed. Using the size guide below, determine which width of curtain is required, and for extra fullness, we recommend ordering a wider curtain.
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
|Pencil Pleat Curtains||If hanging on a curtain pole, measure from the metal 'eye' at the bottom of each curtain ring to the required drop. If hanging on a track, measure from the top of the track.|
|Ring (Eyelet) Curtains||Measure from the top of the curtain pole to the required drop. Please note that approximately 4cm (1.5") of the curtain will sit above the pole due to the position of the rings/eyelets and this should be taken into account when measuring.|
|Tab Top Curtains||Measure from the top of the curtain pole. Please note that the curtain drop stated includes the tabs.|
|Single Curtain Width||Curtain Drop||Additional Information|
|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.
• Using a wider width curtain than that recommended for the pole/track will give a fuller gather. Similarly, using a narrower width curtain than recommended will give a flatter gather.
Fuller gather by using a wider
curtain than recommended
Less gather by using a narrower
curtain than recommended.
Several designs in the range have a top border detail; the depth of the border being standard across all curtain drops (unless otherwise stated). Generally our curtain images show a 229x229cm (90x90â€) curtain, so please be aware that, for shorter drops, the top border proportion will vary as shown below.
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)
• Co-ordinating Cushions
• Filled Cushions
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 of Blinds
Operated by means of beaded side controls. Available with a variety of bottom edge treatments including straight, scalloped, castellated and eyelet. Roller blinds are available as:
• Light filtering (helps to cut out damaging or uncomfortable direct sunlight, whilst still letting some light into the room).
• Thermal (back coated to reduce heat loss in winter and minimise heat gain in summer, blocks out a lot of light).
• Total blackout (same properties as the thermal blind but with an additional layer of back coating to offer full blackout properties. Ideal for kids' rooms or for people on shift work).
Roller blinds can generally be cut to size as indicated in the instructions provided with the blind. Please note that blinds are non-returnable once cut to size or assembled
Side operated cording mechanism, forming soft pleats when the blind is raised. Available in unlined, lined, thermal and blackout styles. Roman blinds can not be cut to size.
Consisting of horizontal slats which can be tilted, raised or lowered to let in as much or as little light as you require as well as providing privacy. Available in a variety of colours and finishes (aluminium, wood and PVC). Slat width is generally 25mm unless otherwise stated. Made to measure wooden Venetian blinds are also available in a choice of 25mm and 50mm slat widths.
Consisting of vertical slats which can be tilted or drawn to let in as much or as little light as you require, as well as providing privacy. Available in light filtering or blackout styles. Slats can be trimmed to the desired length, however are non-returnable once cut to size or assembled.
• 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.
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 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 to allow for any variation or irregularities and 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.
• Firstly decide whether you want the blind to hang inside or outside the window recess.
• Follow the measuring guide as detailed above and:
• 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|
POSITION OF CURTAIN POLE
• Position curtain pole 15cm (6") above the window (A).
• Depending on the drop of the curtain, you may wish to adjust this slightly, and remember that for tab top curtains, you need to make sure that the pole is high enough so that the tabs are not showing below the top of the window. This will minimise the amount of light entering the room.
• Ideally allow the curtain pole to extend 15-20cm (6-8") either side of the window (B), which allows for the curtains to be tied back if required.
• Ensure that the end hook (for pleated curtains), ring or tab of the curtain is positioned between the bracket and the finial to prevent the curtain sliding freely across the pole.
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.