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A guide to help you choose the right curtains for your home

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by Tara Hall

Curtains are a beautiful addition to any home. Their soft, luxurious folds naturally draw the eye to the window, no matter what colour or pattern you plump for. But curtains aren’t just for decoration, they deliver a wide range of practical benefits too, which is why it’s so important to get them right. Our guide will talk you through the various options available for your curtains – all of which affect their overall appearance and performance – so you can make the right decision for your home.

The different types of curtains

The overall appearance of your curtain is dictated by the heading you choose. And while a header’s primary function is to attach the fabric to the pole or track, they have a much greater impact on your curtain’s look and feel. Below are all of the different types of curtain headers we offer, with a description for each.

Eyelet curtains

Eyelet curtains attach to a pole via a row of metal holes at the top of the fabric. This produces large, even pleats throughout the curtain’s width for a contemporary look at the window. All of our fabrics are available with an eyelet heading. Plus, we offer a choice of finishes so you can match your eyelets to your pole for a coordinated look.


Pencil pleat curtains

Pencil pleat curtains gather the fabric in slim, uniform pleats at the top of the curtain, leaving the rest of the material to hang naturally. It creates a classic look with a relaxed feel, and is one of our more popular designs. Pencil pleat headings can be fitted to a pole or a track, giving you complete flexibility. Plus you can choose a pencil pleat heading for any of our fabrics.

Deep pencil pleat curtains

Deep pencil pleat headings work in the same way as traditional pencil pleat headings, except that they are slightly deeper at the top. This places more emphasis at the top of the curtain, for a more structured feel. It’s a particularly good choice for doors, floor to ceiling windows and rooms with high ceilings, as it creates a more balanced appearance overall.  

Pinch pleat curtains

Pinch pleat curtains create a tailored, luxurious look at the window. The fabric is gathered and sewn together at the top, creating the unique ‘pinched’ effect. This naturally forms neat, uniform pleats throughout the rest of the curtain for an effortless feel. All our fabrics are available with this heading, plus you can choose whether you want a pole or a track.

Triple pinch pleat curtains

Triple pinch pleat curtains are gathered and sewn at the top in threes, rather than twos as with traditional pinch pleat curtains. They also have neat, uniform pleats throughout the curtain’s length and provide a luxurious, tailored effect at the window that’s slightly fuller than a double pinch pleat curtain.

Wave curtains

Wave curtains have a relaxed and contemporary vibe. The curtain fabric is fitted to a track in a concertina-like manner, creating soft, undulating folds. Wave headings make a great choice for patterned fabrics, where you’ll want to show off as much of the design as possible.

Curtain linings

All our curtains come fully lined with a sateen twill as standard. This helps give the curtains a fuller appearance, as well as providing a host of practical benefits. You can also choose to upgrade your curtains with a thermal or blackout lining – read on for our guide to selecting the right lining for your needs.                                

What standard linings are good for

  • Appearance – Having an extra layer of fabric at the back of your curtains gives them a fuller appearance, while the extra weight helps them hang better, creating a professional and luxurious look.
  • Insulation – Curtains help stop unwanted draughts from getting in and heat from escaping, keeping you toasty and warm.
  • Preventing fabric fade – A lining helps protect fabric from the sun’s bleaching effects, bringing fading down to a minimum.

What thermal linings are good for

Thermal linings provide all the benefits of standard lining, plus:

  • Superior insulation – While all curtains provide a layer of insulation at the window, thermal linings go above and beyond. The high-performance fabric significantly reduces the amount of heat lost through your windows and keeps the heat in the room with you, helping you save on your fuel bills
  • Luxurious look at the window – Thermal lining is thick and almost padded to the touch, so it provides a particularly full and sumptuous look at the window.

What blackout linings are good for

Blackout linings provide all the benefits of standard lining, plus:

  • Keeping rooms dark – Specialist blackout lining stops sunlight from penetrating the fabric, helping to keep your room as dark as possible.

With so many choices, it can be hard to know what’s right for you. During your free in-home appointment, our advisors will happily take you through all of the options and help you select the best curtains for your needs.

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