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Why choose curtains for your windows?
Our houses say a lot about us and our personalities, whether you want a soft approach to your interiors, or something more modern and sleek looking – curtains can certainly dress your windows and keep you cosy. Curtains can be hung on wooden or metal poles or from plastic tracks. We have a selection of different curtains that we make here in our little workshop in the Ribble Valley; the main ones you can choose from are:
- Non-lined curtains
- Lined Curtains
- Interlined Curtains
- Blackout Curtains
- Bespoke Curtains – a combination of the above!
Most people tend to go for lined curtains – with either added interlining for extra insulation or blackout lining for bedrooms. The choice is entirely up to you and what your needs are – we are happy to advise you every step of the way.
Keep reading for a heads up on what the different curtain types are.
Non-lined curtains are the simplest window covering you can get; they are mostly made out of sheer or translucent fabric, when you want to see what’s going on – but still gives you an idea of privacy.
Sheers can be pleated at the top, using a variety of depths of curtains tapes.
We can also make non-lined curtains out of pretty much any fabric you wish, just ask us and we can advise you on what fabric to buy.
Lined curtains are just that – fabric covered with a lining (usually cream or white) to create a double thickness of material at your windows. Lined curtains can have a variety of headings. Our standard headings are based on the tape we use on the back of the curtain. Bizarrely these are still measured in inches in the trade! You can choose from:
- 1” (this is about 2.5cm deep)
- 3” (this is about 7.5cm deep)
- 6” (this is about 15cm deep)
- Triple Pleat
1” tape heading
This heading is great for smaller curtains in cottages, or to make curtains look cute for bedrooms; the 1” tape creates a ruffled but relaxed look.
3” tape heading
This heading is standard size on many curtains; it ruffles up nicely, providing a good gather and is great for sitting rooms and bedrooms alike – especially on shorter curtains (down to the radiator).
6” tape heading
This is the big beastie of curtain heading tapes. This heading tape look great to create longer pencil pleats and works well on longer length curtains – such as ceiling to floor length ones.
Triple Pleat heading creates a pleat between flat panels of fabric at the top of your curtains. It is great for more formal or smarter looks; it works equally well in master bedrooms, as it does sitting or dining rooms.
Interlining is basically a blanket! You never get to see interlining – we secretly stitch it in between the main fabric and the lining of your curtains, providing more warmth (it has great thermal properties!) and a thicker, more plush appearance to your curtains. It looks great hiding behind the scenes when you use linen or linen mix fabrics as your main fabric. Interlining is designed to help improve the drape of the curtains. More of its secret talents are to improve sound insulation levels too; using it creates a fuller look with rounder, softer edges and deeper folds.
When you interline curtains, you do add a little bulk to them, so simple headings work best. We use a heavy cotton interlining.
We all know that light flooding into a room can be a nuisance at times, especially in the summer or for light sleepers. We offer blackout lining to all of our handmade curtains – using our blackout linings are also a great way to use embroidered fabrics, or fabrics with read lines to stop them showing through on the fabric face, ensuring nothing detracts from the curtain design. Blackout lining is a durable lining with an excellent drape, the higher density weave offers greater opacity and protection (that’s very little light coming in to you and me!), along with great energy efficiency. The inherent properties of blackout lining resists water (it feels a bit ‘plasticy’ – but it’s hidden, so you don’t see it) and should not be damaged by moisture.
Interlined Curtains with Blackout Lining
This is the double whammy of all curtains – we know that light flooding into a room can be a nuisance at times and we offer blackout lining to all of our handmade curtains – teamed up with interlining these curtains are designed not only to block sunlight, but to offer excellent thermal and sound insulation properties; thus conserving energy, dampening noise and saving money on heating costs. These are a firm favourite for bedroom curtains – regardless of whether you are in a new build, an old barn conversion or somewhere in between!