Made to Measure Cotton, Big Windows Curtains
We can create Made to Measure designer curtains to your exact requirements, to fit any window size or style. Each of our bespoke curtains can be beautifully made for you by professionals in our traditional workshop based in the UK. They are hand finished with great care and attention and delivered to you well within 8 weeks. Read More...
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Made to Measure Curtains
We can create Made to Measure designer curtains to your exact requirements, to fit any window size or style. Each of our bespoke curtains can be beautifully made for you by professionals in our traditional workshop based in the UK. They are hand finished with great care and attention and delivered to you well within 8 weeks.
How do I measure up a window for curtains?
You can find a useful video talking you through how to measure up for both curtains and blinds by clicking here. It is really very easy if you follow the instructions carefully. It is much easier if you already have your pole or track in place first; but not impossible if you can't do that.
How do I decide whether I should interline my curtains?
Packed with a simple lining, I would highly recommend adding in a warm interlining for insulation and a more luxuriant look. Should you wish to eliminate light, we can also add blackout lining.
Once made up, for lined, interlined and blackout lined curtains, we advise hand-made interlined curtains to be dry cleaned by a curtain specialist. Click here for tips on prolonging the life of your curtains, and for cleaning recommendations.
When making up linen curtains we recommend the lining is hemmed separately to avoid any sagging. Hems should be on both sides but not the bottom.
Before you take out the tape measure, decide how high above the window you'd like the curtains to begin. Top tip! Hanging curtains higher than the window will give a sense of height to the room.
Do you have any tips for prolonging the life of curtains?
Unfortunately, fading from sunlight is always possible. Here are some tips to help prolong the life of your curtains – you can draw them well back from the light, you can line and interline them, you can also draw them with a pulley system to avoid making the leading edge dirty. Swapping the curtains over from time to time helps to keep the leading edges of the fabric, which is the most exposed to sunlight, at a minimum or perhaps adding a border to the leading edge where the fabric will be most vulnerable. Curtains can drop a little over time. If this happens you need to take your curtains down and move the hooks in the heading down correspondingly and then re-hang them’. You can do this with both pencil pleat heading and pinch pleat headings. It will be worthwhile measuring the move carefully for pinch pleat curtains with a ruler
Some fabrics can help keep out the cold. Many hotels use velvet or tweed since their weight helps block light and keep heat in. Still, all of my designer curtains can be interlined with bump, a thick, insulating felt material. This interlining — a piece of fabric slipped between the lining and the face fabric — can also help prolong the life of the curtains. Lining and interlining are what give curtains their body and fullness. You can download a PDF to print on how to prolong the life of your curtains by clicking here.
Curtains can drop a little over time. If this happens you need to take your curtains down and move the hooks in the heading down correspondingly and then re-hang them. You can do this with both pencil pleat heading and pinch pleat headings. It will be worthwhile measuring the move carefully for pinch pleat curtains with a ruler.
What style of curtain heading do you recommend when choosing bespoke curtains?
You can choose between several different headings:
Double and triple pleat headings - are decorative curtain headings fitted to each window with permanent sewn-in pleats, for a luxurious, tailored look. Recommended for a more formal rooms like a dining room or smart sitting room. Double pinch pleats are a little more contemporary than triple pleats. They have the benefit of several different hook positions, allowing you to alter the length of the curtains if necessary and can be used with poles and tracks. If you use a track, I recommend choosing a pelmet to hide the track. It is important to carefully measure your track or pole as curtains are made to an exact fit.
Double Pleat Triple Pleat
If you want a more informal and softer look, I would suggest our cottage pleat, which now comes with two depth options: 5cm or 10cm - this heading will give you an informal gathered look, deal for use in a kitchen or bedroom. A cottage pleat heading can be used with tracks or poles and can be gathered to suit the required width of your window.
In these photos you will see the heading created with a 1" tape and a 2" frill above the tape. This is my favourite heading being soft and romantic.
5cm Cottage Pleat 10cm Cottage Pleat
A pencil pleat curtain heading usually consists of a 3 inch or 6 inch tape with three rows of string threaded through it for three hook positions to suit all types of track and pole.
It is so called because folds gathered closely together to resemble a row of pencils laid side by side. This heading has the benefit of being adjustable in the width so if you move house or adapt them to a different window in your house.
A Flop-over-frill heading is a very soft look, and looks pretty with a ticking stripe or other stripe in a colour picked out from the main fabric. There is a 1" curtain tape with one position for the hooks. This heading is popular in France and gives a romantic look. This frill is made in scale with the length of the curtains but is usually approximately 15cms long
Inverted Pleat - Also known as a box pleat, the pleats on the Inverted are hidden on the reverse. They form an 's-shape' fold creating a sleek, clean finish to the curtain header, which is perfectly suited for contemporary homes.
Do you offer leading edges?
Yes, we do! They are placed on the inside edge of the curtain/s and measure approximately 6cm in width. These are a great addition to your curtains if you want to add a complementary or contrasting colour to the room. They also help protect the main curtain fabric from sunlight.
You can also choose to line your curtains with a simple lining or add in a warm interlining for insulation and a more luxuriant look. Should you wish to eliminate light, we can also upholster bespoke wool blackout curtains for you.
If you would like to know more about our Made to Measure curtains then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We are a friendly team who are on hand to take your call and are more than happy to assist you with anything that you may need.
How to measure up for your curtains:
Please remember that pattern repeats and fabric widths are automatically calculated if you order through our web site. It is advisable to fit your pole or track before ordering your curtains. Your pole or track should ideally extend 30cms on each side of the window so when drawn back light is maximised and at least 15cms above the top of the window to block out as little light as possible again. Please use metric units only when measuring.
Width: If you have a pole, measure the distance between the finials. (A)
Finished Length for pencil pleat, triple pleat, double pleat and inverted pleat - when measuring the finished length using a curtain pole, we recommend allowing between 2cms and 5cms above the eyelet on the underside of the curtain ring, depending on how much of the pole and rings you wish to hide. From the measurement you choose above the eyelet, measure down to the bottom of the hem (see B & C) and that is your finished length measurement.
Finished length for cottage pleat (choice of either 5cm or 10cm depth - see below)- these have to be made using a 3cm single position tape, which makes the finished length non adjustable. To measure the finished length for this header, please provide us with the distance from the eyelet to the floor, and depending on your choice of depth, add 5cm or 10cm accordingly.
Finished length for flop over frill - these curtains have to be made with a 3cm single position tape which makes the finished length non adjustable. To measure the finished length for this header, just give us the measurement from the eyelet to the floor. Don't add any extra for the frill, we will do that.
Please note, we will add 25cm for hem allowance.
Width - If you have a track, measure the total length of the track, including any overlap where the curtains meet in the middle.
Finished length: For pencil pleat, triple pleat, double pleat and inverted pleat - when measuring the finished length of your curtains using a track add 1cm above the track (to hide the track) down to the bottom of the hem. (D)*
Finished length for flop over frill curtains - these have to made with a one inch single position tape which makes the finished length non-adjustable. To get your finished length measurement, just give us the measurement from the eyelet to the floor and don't add any extra for the frill as we will do this.
Please note, we will add 30cms for hem allowance.
5cm Cottage Pleat 10cm Cottage Pleat