Curtains can be the focal point of a room and how they are dressed can determine the mood, brightness, texture, proportion, style and feel of a room. It can be important to harmonise the colours used to dress a window to bring the correct balance to a room with regards to both the effect of light from inside of the room and light from outside of the window. A curtain should enable light to enter the room form the outside and not be too wide or heavy for the window whilst choosing the correct colour can also significantly affect the light when drawn. A dark colour curtain up at a window can make a room feel smaller and dingy.
Choosing the correct style of curtain for a room can begin by considering the type of curtain that will suit a particular room. A more formal or traditional room may be more suited to a Pencil pleat curtain with a more pleated curtain bringing a distinguished look to a room.
Pinch pleat curtains with a luxurious fan effect heading and elegant folds could also bring a more tailored look to formal areas.
Eyelet curtain headings hung on a pole can bring a modern feel to a room. With wide folds able to show off both fabric and design, eyelet curtains can bring a clean and contemporary look to most settings.
Selecting a colour for curtains can depend on a number of factors. Colour can be determined by the decor in place or what scheme runs through other rooms. Plain curtains can be the best for a simple understated look. Neutral shades can keep things cool and clean whilst retaining a relaxed feel. Plain colours can be a good choice with patterned wallpaper and can bring balance to a room with patterned carpets and soft furnishings.
To make a feature of a window a bolder colour or a patterned curtain can have a striking effect. If a room has predominantly plain furniture or walls a colourful eye catching curtain can bring another dimension to a room.
The fabric to choose can often depend on the pattern required on a curtain. Heavy curtains such as jacquards and chenille can bring a luxurious, sumptuous feel while textured and silks bring elegance. A simple cotton material is an ideal base for printed designs.
How to Measure for Curtains
It is advisable to use a metal tape measure were possible when measuring for curtains. The width is always the first measurement given, for example 46”x 54” (117cm x 137cm) means that each curtain is 46 inches (117cm) wide by 54 inches (137cm) drop. All curtains are sold as a pair unless stated otherwise.
Width (all heading types)
It is important to measure the whole width of a track or pole (excluding the finial). If a window has no pole or track to measure, measure the width of the window recess and add a minimum of 6 inches (15cm) to allow the curtains to rest when open. More space may be required for heavy fabrics.otherwise.
For Ready Made curtains the width of the pole/track wants to be roughly the same size as one curtain. For example, a pole up to 46” (117cm) would require a pair of 46” (117cm) wide curtains, a 66” (168cm) pole, a pair of 66” wide curtains and a pole of 90” (229cm) would require a pair of 90” width curtains. When a pole width falls in between the standard size widths (46”,66” or 90”) it depends on how full the curtains need to be. Fuller is generally more advisable.
When measuring the drop for curtains it is important to start from the right point. With a curtain track measure from the top of the track to half an inch (1.5cm) above the floor or a minimum of 1.5 inches (4cm) below the window sill.
When measuring from a curtain pole measure from the bottom of the ornamental ring (the ring on the pole) to half an inch (1cm) above the floor or a minimum of 1 and a half inches (4cm) below the window sill. If a track or pole has yet to be fitted it is worth allowing a minimum of 3-5 inches (8-12cm) above the window when measuring. If no carpet is down and one is to be fitted, measure to a minimum of 1 inch (2-3cm) above the floor. Curtains can hang between the window and floor if desired. In some older houses, ceilings, floors and windows may not be level so it is worth making sure that the pole or track is positioned correctly according to the eye rather than a spirit level so as to avoid an uneven look at the window.
Eyelet curtains can only hang from a curtain pole. For eyelet curtains it is important to measure from the top of the curtain pole to half an inch (1.5cm) above the floor or a minimum of 1.5 inches (4cm) below the window sill. If a pole has yet to be fitted it is worth allowing a minimum of 3-5 inches (8-12cm) above the window when measuring. It is advisable where possible to measure with a pole in place. If no carpet is down and one is to be fitted, measure to a minimum of 1 inch (2-3cm) above the floor. Curtains can hang between the window and floor if desired. In some older houses, ceilings, floors and windows may not be level so it is worth making sure that the pole or track is positioned correctly according to the eye rather than a spirit level so as to avoid an uneven look at the window.
How much gather do I need
Without gather a net curtain would just be a flat piece of material across the window. Twice the window width is generally the recommended amount of gather, two and a half times will give a fuller look. Once the window width has been measured, decide whether x1.5, x2, x2.5 or even 3 times the gather is required before ordering. Our net curtain creator will calculate the measurements for you once the width and amount of gather have been decided upon.
How to Choose the Right Quilt
When looking at quilts, you will notice that each has a ‘tog’ rating. This is the standard term that measures how warm a quilt is. The higher the tog, the warmer the quilt, so for example, a quilt with a tog of 4.5 will be thinner and suitable for summer. A quilt with a tog of 15 would be much warmer, thicker and suited to the colder months. Here’s a breakdown of the togs available – these give a general guide as some people prefer to be cool in bed, others prefer to be warmer:
- 4.5 tog quilts are light quilts for summer use
- 10.5 tog quilts are moderately warm quilts
- 13.5 tog quilts are warm quilts for winter use
- 15.0 tog quilts are very warm quilts for winter use
The filling inside a quilt affects the thickness and the feel. Natural feather fillings such as duck and goose down are lightweight, soft and breathable, whereas synthetic fillings such as hollowfibre and micro-fibre are better for people who are allergic to feathers.If you are prone to allergies and will be washing your duvet regularly then it’s a good idea to opt for hollowfibre quilts or micro-fibre, which feels similar to natural-filled quilts. If you need to wash your feather quilt it’s a good idea to do this professionally.
Here are some more details about each type:
Hollowfibre is a synthetic material that is man-made. Each strand of fibre has a single hole down the centre that traps air and thus produces loft and insulation. This is why it is called ‘Hollowfibre.’ Hollowfibre quilts are very durable, easy to wash and non-allergenic. They offer comfort and good value.
Duck Feather and Down
A feather and down combination quilt provides a good value natural quilt with the luxury qualities of down. Down is the soft group of feathers found next to the skin of a duck. Down is exceptionally soft and light.The main quality of this natural product is its breathability. Feathers and down will breathe and this helps with temperature regulation throughout the year, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Due to this fact a natural quilt of the same tog, or warmth, as a hollowfibre quilt will be lighter in weight.
Micro-fibre is a term for fibres with strands thinner than one denier. Fabrics made with micro-fibre are exceptionally soft and hold their shape well.Micro-fibre quilts are a luxurious version of hollowfibre quilts. Made with finer polyester, they offer exceptional softness and comfort and maintain minimal weight.If you were to compare a microfibre quilt of 13.5 tog rating against a hollowfibre quilt of the same tog, you would find that they both provide the same warmth but the microfibre quilt is lighter and more supple (cosy!).