Curtains Buying Guide
When it comes to shopping for curtains there are so many different factors to consider, from the heading type to the curtain length and design, but with so many different terms it’s hard to know if you’re doing it right. In order to ensure you make the right choices for your home interior, Bedeck have compiled a quick guide on curtains and how to measure for them correctly.
There are two types of Curtain Header, Tape Top and Eyelet.
The Tape Top is the most common type of heading and needs to be gathered before you hang them. To do this you place the hooks in the lowest position on the tape so that you can hide the track and keep it looking neat and tidy. Tape Top headings can be used on tracks or poles.
The Eyelet Heading style, on the other hand, is only suitable for curtain poles. Eyelet headings are very easily hung and look very neat with the rings already built in.
Measuring for curtain tracks or poles
Getting the right measurements for your curtains is essential in ensuring a smart finish and correct insulation.
In order to ensure that your curtains are hung with a smart finish and plenty of room, your curtain pole should be approximately 15cm above your window and 15-20cm over both sides of the window. Not only does this prevent from curtains straining when drawn or not completely covering the window, it also gives a luxurious finish of piled fabric and fullness.
Measuring for the width of your curtains
First and foremost in ensuring that your curtains cover your window accurately is to ensure that you order the right size for your window frame and pole or tracks.
To measure curtains for your curtain pole, you need to measure the length of the pole and not the window (not including the decorative end pieces) and multiply this by 2. This provides you with double the fullness and enough extra material for them to overlap in the middle when closed.
To measure curtains for a curtain track, you need to measure the full track from end to end and multiply this by 2. This will provide you with double the fullness and enough extra material for them to overlap in the middle when closed.
If you don’t multiply the width of your track or pole, your curtains will appear flat and tight across your window when pulled and will not have the full gathered effect. It is also important to add an extra 2.5cm – 3cm (1”) to your measurement to allow the curtains to close together and prevent light coming through.
Measuring for curtain length
To measure the length of your curtains, you need to measure from the top of either the track or pole down your desired length. Depending on the room and personal preference you may choose to get curtains to floor length or to sit just below the windowsill. It is important to measure your window at different points as the floor or windowsill might not be level.
Benefits of lining curtains
Curtain lining is an extra layer of fabric that sits behind the decorative material and serves many purposes. Most of our curtain collections include lining as standard, mainly in cream, white or ivory tones. There are many reasons to choose lined curtains but the main benefits are:
- During cold winter months the extra weight and thickness offered by the curtain lining will reduce drafts.
- The lining offers an extra layer of protection from direct sunlight. This helps protect the decorative side of the curtains from fading.
- Curtain lining is especially useful for bedroom curtains as it helps block out light for an improved sleeping environment
- Unlined curtains can become opaque during the evening and night time when lights are on in the bedroom. For genuine privacy lined curtains are recommended.
- Lined curtains tend to hang better with an improved shape as a result of the extra weight from the lining material.
- While bright decorative curtains may look good in your bedroom, when viewed from the street they could make your windows appear garish or off-putting. The neutral tones of the lining offers a more uniform appearance, improving the aesthetics the outside of the house.
**When buying your curtains from Bedeck remember curtains are sold in pairs, with the size shown referring to one individual curtain measured by width x length, For example, a pair of curtains showing the size of 66” x 72” measurement comprises of two curtains each of the stated size.**