All my fabrics are suitable for making curtains. The 100% Linen and Linen Union will all create beautiful curtains that will drape and maintain their shape. Natural linen fabric is also perfect for curtains since it is highly durable, and beautiful in equal measure.
Linen fabric is made from the fibres of the flax plant so it is a natural product but is laborious to manufacture, therefore it can be more expensive than some other fabrics.
Flax is a tall, reed like plant which grows all over the Mediterranean region and Central Asia. It has been made since about 1000BC in Egypt and was one of the first fibres to be made into cloth.
Linen fabric gives a relaxed natural look and is great for using in a shabby chic or country style interior. Linen curtains can keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
How do I measure how much fabric I need for curtains?
How much fabric do I need for curtains? – There is a dedicated area on my web site which calculates this automatically for you.
You will need to know the length of the pole/track (without the finials), the finished length of the curtain (from the top to the bottom) and finally the pattern repeat of the chosen fabric. It is always a good idea to put the pole/track up first.
My web site will automatically allow a fullness of 2.2 x the width of the pole. The same amount of fabric is needed for all styles of curtains. You will simply need to work out how high you want to hang the curtains on your pole…if you want them to cover the pole or hang beneath it etc.
If you have a curtain track, you will need to hide the track, so measure 1 cm above track and add this to your length. As your width increases you will need more than one width of fabric in each curtain and this is calculated for you from our made to measure curtains page.
How much fabric do I need for curtains, and how do I measure fabric for curtains?
There are many styles of curtains and the amount of fabric needed is much the same for all types. If you are wondering how to measure fabric for curtains all you need is a metal tape measure, a pen and paper…and maybe an assistant to hold the end of the tape measure!
You may need a chair or step ladder depending on the height of your pole/track. My website guides you through the measuring process, and there is a guide of how to measure fabric for curtains, as well as a step-by-step video.
Our curtain fabric calculator will automatically add (30cm) to each drop of fabric for hem allowances. I.e. 6 inches (25cm) for the bottom hem and (5cm) for the top hem that’s hidden by the header tape etc.
What type of fabrics are curtains made from?
I have mixed Linen with Organic Cotton to create a soft yet strong Linen Union fabric which will drape well: it is composed of 60% Linen and 40% Organic Cotton.
Whereas pure 100% linen can crease more (which is fine if you are creating a relaxed look) by mixing it with cotton you can get a more tailored look whilst keeping the luxury of linen.
Personally I love 100% Linen, with its informal natural look. Natural Linen fabric is also perfect for curtains since it is highly durable. Natural and eco-friendly curtains are made from linen. Linen curtain fabrics are made from flax and need very few chemical fertilisers, and fewer pesticides than cotton.
Linen fabric is noted as the fabric of luxury and it symbolizes comfort and elegance. It has a beautiful texture perfect as curtains and against the light on the window. It is also possibly the world's oldest fabric and it is antibacterial and antifungal. Linen fabrics do not cause irritation or allergies when used in furnishings, curtains and clothing and they provide protection against UV radiation.
My contemporary 100% Linen and Linen Union fabrics come in a range of prints & colours, suitable for any modern interior. From bold curtain fabric to understated and plain, there’s a vast choice of fabrics for curtains to help you transform your home!
- New Orchard Collection
- Artists' Collection
- Velvet Collection
- Artisan Collection
- Birds and Beasts with Harris Tweed Collection
- Discontinued Fabrics
- Scandinavian Woven Collection
- Bohemian Collection
- Swedish Collection
- Hand Printed Collection
- Plain Linen Union Collection
- Meadow Collection
- Earth Collection
- Sky Collection
- Woodland Collection
- Wildflower Collection
- Cockerel Collection
- Terracotta, Peach & Rust
- Duck Egg
- Dark Coloured
- Whites & Off Whites
- Bird Print
- Butterfly Print
- Chicken Print
- Floral Print
- Leaf Print
- Harris Tweed
- Fruit Print
- Petal print