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How To Choose Curtains

How to choose curtains

Many people have no idea where to begin when it comes to picking window curtains. Well, here at A1 Blinds and Curtains, we can tell you that there are certain things you need to consider when selecting curtains, including the requirements, style and design of the room. For some expert guidance, checkout our guide below on how to pick the perfect drapes for your home.

Curtain Lighting

In order to create the most suitable feel for every room, and to help it to fulfil its purpose, it is essential that you consider curtain lighting. For instance, for a lounge or conservatory, you may want to filter in more light with sheer curtains for a brighter atmosphere. For a bedroom, children’s bedrooms in particular, you may want to filter out more light with thicker drapes.

How To Measure Curtains

Curtain measurements will also vary, depending on the style you want to go for. If you are going for a traditional appearance, the drapes should be around triple the width of the window. Alternatively, for a clean and modern look, the drapes should be about 5cm wider than the window width. To measure out your curtains, you will need to start your measurement from the curtain pole, going down towards the floor. The range of curtain lengths you can go for include:

“Brushing”: Curtains that only just touch the sill.
“Breaking”: Drapes that are only a couple extra inches longer than the floor.
“Puddling”: Curtains that are an additional eight inches on the floor.
“Hovering”: You guessed it, curtains that hover centimetres above the ground.

Choosing Curtain Material

In your quest for the perfect drapes, you should also think about how the curtain material will impact the décor and help the function of a space. If you want a room to have a cool and summery feel, go for curtains made from cotton or linen. For adding a touch of glamour or luxe to a space, go for sleek fabrics like satin or silk. Finally, to add warmth or depth to a room, choose thicker fabrics like wool.

Curtain Types

There are many curtain types and styles that you can opt for, depending on your personal preferences. Here at A1 Blinds and Curtains, we have a large choice of curtain types to suit a wide variety of rooms. Just a few of our most popular drape options include:

“Eyelet” curtains: These are great for high-quality, weightier materials as they include metal rings that slip onto a pole. Its fluid function adds a modern finish to a space.
“Blackout” drapes: Have thick lining and so are well-suited to individuals that need total darkness in their room to drift off.
“Pencil pleat” curtains: These curtains run across heading tape and are suited to nearly any sort of frame.
“Thermal” curtains: Are used to keep rooms toasty during the winter and cool during the warmer months.

As for curtain style, you can focus on a shade from your rooms colour scheme or opt for a patterned style. For brightly lit areas, neutral and light-coloured drapes are best, as they are less inclined to fade with time.

Whether you need curtains that allow in a little light, add some vibrance or add a little privacy, we have the curtains for you. If you live in South Wales or the South West of England, get in touch on 0800 037 7368 to arrange a complete curtain service. We supply and fit a range of curtains, tailored to your specific tastes and rooms.