It might feel a daunting task to order Made to Measure Curtains since there are so many heading and lining alternatives on the market. While this may seem complicated, it is all about how you want the curtains to look like and your needs when it comes to choosing the lining. Here are some tips from Ada & Ina – the company specialized in making bespoke curtains of natural fabrics.
Choosing A Right Heading
There are many headings to choose from. The most traditional choice is pencil pleat – it is made with a curtain tape and is a classic choice. Pencil Pleat Curtains are suitable for both curtain poles and tracks. If you would like to have more formal and sophisticated look, then consider pinch pleats like a Triple or Double tuck. For the more relaxed look go for a Gathered heading or Tab tops. Tap tops look lovely with many different kinds of curtain poles, leaving that precious, beautiful curtain pole to be most visible. Also, Eyelet curtains are a popular choice. These have metal eyelets with 40 mm holes, and they can be used with poles up to 30mm diameter. If you are after a contemporary look, Eyelet curtains look very smart.
Choosing A Perfect Lining
It is a good idea to order curtains with a lining which will protect the fabric from fading in the sunlight. The most commonly used lining is Cotton lining. This gives curtains some volume and structure and also protects the material from sunlight. However, there are also other linings like Blackout and Thermal lining. Blackout lining is ideal for bedrooms and sunny and south facing living rooms. If you need extra insulation, for example, if you have single glazing or a bit older windows, the Thermal lining is an ideal choice – it will help you keep the draft out.
Right Length For The Curtains
There are three most used lengths for curtains
The Floor-length/”Full Drop” Curtains – are the most popular length. Floor length curtains are about 0.5 cm to 2 cm above the floor, depending on your preference of course.
“Half Drop” Curtains – which are considerably above the floor level – if you have a window sill or a radiator beneath the window, you may want to have curtains that end above the radiator or window sill so the curtains will drape evenly and the window sill or radiator is not sticking out.
Generous Drop Curtains – this is one of the latest trends in the lovely world of curtains. The curtains are puddling on the floor and are about 3 – 6 cm ‘too long’ creating a “puddle” of fabric on the floor. It looks gorgeous if you want to be laid back looking curtains – for example, linen curtains do look fabulous when they are a size too big so to speak! Bear in mind though that natural or grey curtains, for example, work best with this length, as the dust that may be on the floor would not be too visible on these colours.
Fullness – What On Earth Does That Mean?
It is a way to describe how much fabric is used for per for example 1 meter of finished, pleated curtains. Different heading styles are gathered or pleated differently. For instance for Pencil pleat curtains, the fullness ratio usually is 2 – this means that for curtains covering a 1-meter wide pole, 2 meters of fabric is used. When the 2 meters is pleated, the pleated width will be 1 metre, and the curtain(s) would then cover the 1 metre pole completely when the curtains are closed.
However, you do not have to worry about this too much when you order curtains online – usually, your curtain maker only wants to know the total width of your pole or track, and they will use recommended fullness ratios for each curtain style so that you will get a perfect pair of curtains!
Finding The Right Fabric
Let’s face it – made to measure curtains and roman blinds are slightly expensive. Therefore it is essential that you choose a perfect curtain fabric which will last for years. When you are selecting the fabric try not to follow the latest trends – instead, it is advisable to choose something you would imagine will stand the test of time. Plain colours are always safer but if you prefer patterned curtains, smaller pattern repeats are more comfortable on the eye, and you will probably remain happy with the curtains longer if the pattern is not too overpowering.
Also, it would be wise to choose a good quality natural curtain fabric, like linen or cotton fabric. These are natural fibers, compared to human-made fibers like polyester or viscose. A pair of beautiful natural linen curtains will transform any room!