A Guide to Selecting Curtains

If you have decided to replace those old curtains, there is much to consider, as the choices are indeed varied. Whatever else, avoid the temptation to buy standard size curtains, as each window is unique, and with a local curtains supplier in Gillingham who specialises in made to measure curtains, you can be sure that the units fit like a glove.

Choice of Fabric

Fabric choices are literally endless, and in order to select a material that will fall right, avoid anything too thick or too thin. One good idea is to fold the fabric in a concertina fashion, and while holding one edge at the very top of the window, allow the fabric to fall, which will give you a good indication of how the fabric will fall naturally. The following fabrics are well-suited for curtains:

  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Faux Silk
  • Velvet


Lining your curtains is recommended for several reasons; lining will help to block out more light, and lining acts as an insulator, helping to retain the heat in the cold winter months.


It is possible to have the curtains hung as far as 8 inches above the window, which will give the room an appearance of having a high ceiling, but this is really down to personal taste and is something to discuss with the curtain manufacturer.

There are many different curtain heading styles, and the best solution is to ask the manufacturer to pay you a home visit, where you can decide on the best heading style, among other things.

Ava Lazenby

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