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Things To Consider When Buying Curtains

Curtains have a significant impact on a room. Gone are the days when they were purely a functional piece of soft furnishing. Curtains are now used to add ambience and personality to your homes. But with so many options out there, we understand that choosing the right curtain can often be difficult and overwhelming. So, in order to help make the process that little bit easier, we have created an in- depth checklist of the main things you need to consider before you purchase your new curtains.

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1. Choose The Right Fabric

Choosing the right material can impact the overall quality of the curtain, so you must make sure that you pick the correct one.

The colour of the fabric must complement the aesthetic of your room so the shades of the wall, rugs, and furniture should be considered. Your home furnishings are a reflection of your personality so when choosing a fabric, make sure that it reflects you and your style.

Textured fabrics can really affect the mood of a room. If you want a formal room, then heavy silk or velvet can give a feel of luxury whereas light linen or cotton make a room feel more relaxed and casual.

To find the perfect shade, weight and texture of fabric use our curtain fabric finder on our website.


2. Length and Width

The first thing you should do in deciding what fabric to use for your curtain is knowing the accurate measurements. However, before you take out the measuring tape, you need to think about how you would like your curtains to ‘sit’ once hung.

Full length curtains just graze the floor; they can open and close with no obstruction, great if they are opened and closed a lot as they’ll easily fall into place.

An alternative to full-length curtains are curtains that sit on the windowsill, perfect for kitchens and bathrooms where full-length curtains are not suitable.

Draped curtains are slightly longer than the floor and look more luxurious than full length ones but sometimes don’t look as neat.

Pooled curtains are significantly longer than the floor, in fact can be as long as you wish. Pooling can give a room a romantic feel but can be high maintenance.


3. Functionality

Thinking about the desired function of your curtains will help you to narrow down your options. If you want your curtains to provide a bit of privacy, warmth or even complete darkness, then lined curtains would be best.

If your curtains will be purely decorative or you are not bothered by the level of light entering your room, then unlined curtains will be perfect.


4. Cleaning Requirements

No matter where your curtains are, they will be exposed to dust, dirt, and spills. Cleaning your curtains incorrectly could potentially ruin the fabric so you will need to consider how to clean them.

Some fabrics are suitable for your home washing machine whereas some may need to be dry-cleaned, which could incur additional costs and time.

Make sure you consider these factors before you purchase them.

To view our range of easy clean fabrics click here.


How We Can Help

Here at the Yorkshire Fabric Shop we have a diverse selection of made to measure curtains that will suit any interior. Our high quality curtains are available in a plethora of colours and fabrics and are all custom made by our expert in house team.

Buying curtains online at the Yorkshire Fabric Shop is easy. Simply follow these steps:

1. Narrow the choice of fabrics from our curtain fabric finder page

2. Click on your chosen fabric

3. Follow the curtains ‘made to measure’ calculator


Typically curtains at Yorkshire Fabric Shop are cut and sewn within 4-6 weeks. If time is of the essence, please call prior to ordering and we will see what we can do.

Your curtains are made in Yorkshire, and we check all fabric and workmanship before sending them out to you.


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