5 tips for choosing the right curtains

The right curtains will make your room look perfect – the wrong ones can be a very expensive mistake. The fear of making the wrong choice can make this a stressful decision, so here are five tips to help you get it right.

1. Choosing the right fabric and colour

If possible, it’s always preferable to choose curtains by looking at fabrics in a curtain department or showroom. This is the only reliable way to tell whether the fabric is the right weight, and falls in the way you want.

Online illustrations can be very misleading, since devices such as laptops and mobiles vary greatly in how they represent colour. So if you’re buying online, go for a reputable retailer who will be happy to exchange the curtains (this applies as long as you haven’t drawn the heading strings).

2. Know how to measure, and what headings you want

John Lewis has an excellent online curtain buying guide https://www.johnlewis.com/buying-guides/curtains-buying-guide that will help you firm up your ideas about the curtain style, including the type of heading you want, and how to measure the drop. If you’re not sure about what heading will go with your window, check out double glazing in Cheltenham https://www.firmfix.co.uk/ double glaziers in Cheltenham to find out what’s available and get advice.

3. Tailor-made or off the shelf?

If you get the curtains made, you have a much wider choice of curtain material to choose from. Whereas with readymades, you may find that you can’t find the right colour or style. However, choice comes at a price. Firms such as John Lewis, that offer a curtain making service, will take between three and six weeks. Other curtain suppliers, such as local furnishing stores, will often offer a similar service.

4. Find out about cleaning bills

Dry cleaning curtains is costly, so find out how to launder the curtains. If you are undecided between two designs, and one needs dry cleaning, while the other is machine washable, you’ll save a lot of money with the machine washable ones.

5. “Puddling” and other looks

If you have a period house or want a lush, luxurious look, allow enough fabric to make a “puddle” of fabric on the floor. This gives a great period effect when the curtains are drawn back.

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