Made to measure curtains
We are proud that all of our made to measure curtains are made to the highest of standards in our own workrooms in Mansfield.
From sumptuous interlined swags and tails to contemporary eyelet curtains, we can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
For difficult windows such as bays and arches we are able to offer design solutions to make the most of the window shape and the natural light.
So whether you are looking for curtains to inject vibrant life into a modern room or soft elegant drapes to add to the ambience of a more traditional property, we can help.
Choosing a Curtain Heading / Style
Pinch Pleated Curtains (also know as triple pleat or double pleat)
Pinch pleated curtains are a great option for both modern and traditional settings. The fabric will hang into beautifully set folds which if correctly bound in the first place will just fall into place time and again as they are drawn open and closed.
For a very contemporary minimalistic effect, choose a plain taupe understated linen . Or, choose from the new bright and bold patterns in the new collections from Harlequin such as Amazilia. Made to measure pinch pleated curtains should always be hand pleated and stiffened using buckram (lower cost pinch pleats formed using a heading tape do not hang as well). Ideally the pinch pleat should be 5in/12.5cm deep. Anything less can look a little small and out of proportion especially on long curtains. The big plus with this style of heading is that the pleated curtain draws back into its neat folds, so it does not block out too much light.
Top Tip – If you have room, take your curtain pole around 40cm past the window reveal on each side – When the curtain is drawn back it is mostly covering the wall and not the window. This will also make the window appear bigger. Don`t try this if using tie backs as the tie backs will draw the curtain back too far and show too much of the wall – 20cm past on either side is ideal in this case.
Idea – For a really stunning look why not trim each pinch pleat with a Swarovski crystal – we have tried it with crushed satin curtains and it looks incredible. Call into our showrooms to see.
For a more traditional room use a sumptuous interlined silk or a damask and trim with covered buttons or richly woven decorative braids, cords and fringing.
Swags and Tails
A rich sumptuous window dressing in general suited to more traditional rooms. There are so many variations on swags and tails including overlapping swags, edge to edge swags with fishtails, edge to edge swags with trumpets the list is endless. In order to get the look you are after. show your designer some pictures of the look you have in mind or if you are open to suggestions arrange an appointment at your home to discuss the type of look which would best suit the room and the shape of the windows. We have fitted swags in 17th century properties and brand new homes, its all about choosing the right fabric and style of swags and tails to really create the wow factor.
Eyelet Headed Curtains
Eyelet curtains are great for modern homes. They use less fabric than pinch pleated curtains but still hang beautifully into folds. Eyelets are now available in lots of colours including burnished brass eyelets, black eyelets, matt nickel eyelets, bright chrome eyelets and more…. so you should be able to at least get a good match to your curtain pole or a colour to co ordinate with your fabric.
One slight disadvantage to eyelet curtains is that the curtains do not overlap in the middle. So if it is a wide window and there is a centre bracket on your curtain pole the curtain will not quite meet as there will be a slight gap the width of your centre bracket.
A big advantage with eyelet headed curtains that the curtain draws back into its neat folds so it does not block out too much light.
Tip – If you have room, take your curtain pole around 40cm past the window reveal on each side – When the curtain is drawn back it is mostly covering the wall and not the window. This will also make the window appear bigger. If you have any other questions or concerns about eyelet curtains, please do not hesitate to either call into our showrooms or ring for expert advice.
Goblet Headed Curtains
Goblet headed curtains are formed in a similar way to pinch pleated curtains. A pleat of approx 12cm wide is stitched into the heading and secured by a small section of handstitching at the base. This is then stuffed with wadding or interlining to keep its tube shape. The handstitch can be covered by a button or with a decorative cord stretching from goblet to goblet. A more simple understated look can be created by just leaving the stitch without a trimming.
The wave headed curtain is a very simple but effective heading. There is no gathering and the fabric softly folds in and outwards using a special heading tape. Silent Gliss make a variety of tracking systems, both manual and electronic which are set up to take the wave headed curtain. The Wave heading suits both lined fabrics and also unlined voiles. You can put a wave headed curtain onto an ordinary curtain pole however when you close the curtains you would then need to move the pleats into place yourself so that they are equally spaced along the length of the pole. Not too much of an issue on a small window but a bit more of a chore on a 3m/10ft window!