Shopping for curtains can be overwhelming so make your life a bit easier by doing some preparation and research.


The main information your supplier will find useful is if you can outline your requirements i.e. what do you need the curtains to do?


Then try and list the practical needs plus the aesthetics and your special style.

When researching just bear in mind not all styles suit all windows and not all fabrics suit all styles!

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Pinch Pleat

Still the most used heading is the pleated look, sometimes called pinch pleats or American pleats.


Standard pleats are 90mm deep and formed with a triple fold, they can also be formed with a twin fold and the depth can be lengthened to 150mm.


Depending on the height of the window These choices depend very much on the fabric design, weight and the look you want. They are also governed by what is referred to as the fullness, a general guide is to use fabric that starts at a minimum of twice the width of the finished size of the curtain, not the window size or the track size but the curtain size.


Fullness can vary from double to triple again governed by the fabric and the look. Minimal fullness usually results in a twin pleat.


Wave or S-Wave

For a more contemporary look there is the wave or S wave look, this is particularly good for light textured fabrics but can be used for a lined curtain.


The fullness is generally about double and the curtain has to hang beneath the track it is installed on. The accent is on the heading so not generally used under pelmets or in recessed ceilings.

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Reverse Pleat

An alternative to wave again for a more modern look is the reverse pleat which gives a flat finish to the heading.


Some fabrics are better suited to this heading as it needs to hang fairly flat and not flare out on the base

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Eyelet Curtains

Eyelet curtains are readily available as readymades and are cost and size effective, they are not easy to open and close especially on metal rods and will not give good light control or privacy.


There are two basic styles of tracking.


Standard tracking is covered when the curtain is closed and visible when the curtain is open.

Decorative tracking is any track that is a feature and made to be on show whether the curtains are open or closed. These vary greatly in design, price and the length of time to obtain delivery.

Rods and rings can be timber or metal and have limited sizes and versatility.

Most tracking can be cord operated or operated by hand, cord operated has the benefit of better closure plus it saves handling and damaging curtain fabric.

Motorisation of curtain tracks is worth consideration especially where windows are very wide or very high, the curtains are heavy or purely for convenience, safety and aesthetics. The investment to do this is now very reasonable, especially if included at time of construction. Motorisation can be easily included into any home automation system, make for a smart solution for all your window treatment needs.

Standard tracking can be installed into ceiling recesses, or have the addition of a fabric covered pelmet, both these options give additional insulation benefits. Although pelmets are thought of as a more traditional look depending on the style and fabric they can look great in a more contemporary home.

If building or doing additions it is good to discuss your requirements early so provision can be made for recesses or cabling etc. Your supplier should be prepared to liaise with your builder/designer/electrician. It is never too early to think about your requirements and put ideas and budgets together.

In a lot of areas curtains are still the best solution and are invaluable for insulation, privacy and enhancing acoustics.

Show us the window, tell us your needs and we will give you the solution.


Sheers can also be made with a pocket and heading to be installed onto a simple conduit rod where a curtain is a fixture and doesn’t need to be moved. The conduit can usually be installed onto a spring loaded fitting so eliminating the need for drilling, a good point in fully tiled areas. If the sheer needs to look a bit more ‘dressy’ it can have a knife pleated or box pleated heading and still be fitted onto a conduit.

Where curtains might be purely for show and just to soften a window they can be made with fabric ties and hung from a plain rod and with soft sheers this can look quite effective the curtains can also have a simple fabric loop threaded onto a rod but neither of these is easy to move if needed. These and similar styles may be referred to as dress drapes and are primarily just for the decorative value.

Full length curtains are generally installed to just clear the floor but can be made so they ‘puddle’ (sit on the floor) if required, this may not always be practical.

Short windows can have short curtains but they do the best job if they can be installed both above the recess and sit below the window sill.

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