Readymade Curtains Buying Guide
Curtains are the finishing touch that completes the dressing of an interior scheme. With Bedeck’s new range of ready made curtains we make that final stage of interior styling even easier, designed for across the home from bedroom, dining & living areas. Along with aesthetics, curtains add practical insulation, reducing cold and heat and can also dampen exterior noise.
Our extensive selection of ready made curtains, give customers a quick and easy solution for standard window measurements.
Curtains with eyelets offer an elegant hassle free hanging solution, with metal eyelets along the curtain header. Eyelet curtains, flawlessly lead smooth folds for a perfect streamlined drape.
Our curtains have 12 eyelets even spaced across the 66” sizes & 16 eyelets evenly spaced across the 90” sizes
Internal diameter of each eyelet is 4cms, suitable for poles up to approx. 28mm in diameter.
There is a 3.5cm distance between the inner edge of the top of the eyelet and the top edge of the curtain. Allow enough space above the curtain pole for the curtain to move freely.
When measuring curtain length for eyelets please measure from the top of the curtain pole.
Thread eyelet curtains onto a suitable pole, concertina style, with the edges of the curtains facing the wall so that the lining is not visible when the curtains are hanging.
The even spacing of eyelets ensure that curtains have large, equal folds of fabric and do not take up much space on the pole. They have a more contemporary look.
Our eyelet curtains have a standard / polycotton lining.
For those looking a more traditional look, pleated curtains may appear less full than eyelet curtains due to the smaller pinches gathering the curtains together. They do however retain shape perfectly and can be adjusted easily to the exact width of the window.
Pleated style curtains can be adapted to suit all types of tracks or poles – so could therefore be a more cost effective solution for a low cost interior update. Rings and hooks required for fitting.
Pencil pleat curtains have a heading tape stitched across the top. There are 3 heights you can insert hooks.
At the end of the curtain there are 3 loose strings which are pulled to create softly gathered pleats into the heading of the curtains.
To get a softly gathered look when your curtains closed, use your pole or track measurements as a starting point and multiply x 2.
Allow an extra 2.5cms in width to allow for curtains to overlap when pulled.
Ensure that at one end of the curtain the strings are firmly tied together. This will stop the strings from being pulled all the way through the curtains.
Insert curtain hooks or gliders evenly across the header tape, on average 1 into every 4 pockets.
Pull all three strings at the same time until the curtains are just over half the width of your curtain pole or track (assuming your curtains are a pair)
Once the curtain tape has been gathered to the correct width, tie the strings in a knot that can be easily undone if the fullness needs to be adjusted.
When choosing curtains consider fabric type and the mood of your decor, for a more formal space think silk or velvet. More practical casual schemes would lend themselves to cotton or polyester.
To aid insulation and help the curtain drape correctly a poly-cotton lining is added to all curtains. Rooms benefit with reduced light exposure and outside noise.
LENGTH & MEASURING INSTRUCTIONS
Deciding on curtain drop can add subtle difference to the look of a completed scheme.
(same length as sill)
Hanging curtains to sill length will give a sense of height.
BELOW SILL LENGTH
(approx. 6” below the sill)
Fitting below the sill is an ideal length to let heat circulate the room, if radiator sits below window.
(approx. 1/2“ above the floor)
This gives a tailored feel to a room, sophisticated and stylish.
Measure your curtain pole or track - not the window itself.
When measuring for curtains ensure use of a metal tape, measure for accuracy.
Fix the track or pole before measuring for your curtains.
The track or pole should extend beyond the window at either side by about 15-20cm to allow the curtains to be drawn back from the window.
Measure the track or pole only – do not include the finials.
The track or pole should sit at least 15cm above the window to minimise light exposure.
COLOUR, PRINT OR PATTERN
Decide whether you want your curtains to blend or pop with your scheme. To blend, go tonal and choose curtains that are the same tone as your walls but a few shades darker. To pop, choose a bolder contrasting colour to add the wow factor.
A general rule of thumb when choosing curtains is to access the amount of the pattern you already have in the room and choose from there. Heavy pattern on furniture, bedding, carpet etc might call for plain curtains. If you have a plain scheme, adding a subtle print or texture can inject energy. Picking up a stronger colour in the room and going for a daring graphic print can be show stopping.
Daily care for curtains is simple. Give them a gentle shake as they are drawn closed at night. This will prevent dust and dirt from lodging in the fibers.
Once a month, vacuum on a low setting with a soft brush or upholstery nozzle. Always ensure that trims and other embellishments are secure before vacuuming. This will prevent dust from building up and becoming embedded in the fabric.
When curtains require cleaning please ensure all hooks or plastic fittings are removed and retained. Matching items should all be cleaned together.
If necessary, iron curtains on the reverse side to protect the fabric.