Curtains seem to have fallen out of favour a bit lately which is such a shame because there really is nothing quite like the look of beautiful linen curtains in your home. They have the effect of framing handsome windows, provide privacy and there is nothing better than shutting out the world and creating a warm and cosy home.
Image: A Michael Smith designed bedroom, photographed by Henry Bourne
I think it probably is a little bit to do with fashion but also it’s the decline of homemaking skills that is to blame. My mother used to whip out the sewing machine when new curtains were needed but now we are all so busy that it’s beyond our imagination to even think about the technicalities involved. Much easier to pop out and buy a blind.
So what exactly do we need to consider?
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Pole or track?
There is a wide array of curtain types to choose from, and they fall into the two basic categories depending on how they are hung; either by a ‘pole’ or by a ‘track’. Pole curtains offer more choice in terms of décor, because the pole has the effect of acting as a design feature itself. However, if a room is south facing, track curtains have an advantage because they can block out more sunlight and prevent awkward sun glare throughout the room. Pole curtains are hung either from tabs, or large eyelets which are both sewn into the fabric. Alternatively, pole curtains can also be hung from sturdy ring fittings.
Track curtains feature a tape made from fabric which is sewn into the head of the curtains. This tape has thick threads weaved into it so that it holds the hooks which are either attached to the curtains or are part of their track system. Pole-hung curtains can also be attached from hooks in a tape, only in this instance they hook into the rings that slide along the pole.
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Before making any decisions regarding décor, it’s important to stand back and take a look at the room as a whole, then ask yourself whether you want to match other colours in the room or create a contrast. Do you want to add pattern or not? Bed linen, cushions and the flooring all need to be considered so it is usually a good idea to create a moodboard to help in the decision making. Alternatively a specialist wholesale curtain supplier with a range of designswill be able to suggest readymade colour palettes to you, thereby letting you mix and match with the confidence of knowing that certain combinations work better than others.
How to measure?
When preparing your designs, be sure to take all measurements twice by using a metal tape. Get a friend to help, always a good idea. If tracks or poles are to be fitted, make sure you do this first and guarantee that they are 15cm above the window and extend 15cm at both ends.
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Floor length curtains should end 1.25cm above the floor to allow the curtains to move freely and protect their bottom edge. For curtains hanging beyond the sill, it’s wise to measure 15cm below the sill so that the curtains can work most effectively. To find the curtain length, measure from the top of the tracks; or for poles measure from the top of the rings. For the width, measure the track or the pole (not the window): end-to-end for tracks and between decorative ends for the pole. Then note this measurement, but for eyelet curtains multiply it by 2. For tab top multiply by 1.5. For pencil pleat (most commonly used for tracks) you can use the measurement as it is. Then for each add 2.5cm to create the overlap at the centre of the curtains.
To purchase a range of beautiful curtain sets, visit Mitrelinen.com where you can choose from a wide selection of linen products.