Cosy Curtains Keep out the Chill

When shopping for new curtains it can be difficult to know where to start – there are so many different types of curtains available that it can be baffling. Our handy guide to curtains will help you to choose the right curtains for your home.

Bespoke or Ready Made


It’s possible to buy both bespoke and ready-made curtains, and it depends what you are looking for. If you have a specific fabric or pattern in mind, or have windows which are an unusual shape or size (such as bay windows), then paying a little extra to have curtains tailored for you is a great option. Ready-made curtains come in a wide range of colours, styles and sizes to suit most windows, and don’t forget you can always have them hemmed if they are too long when you purchase them.

Keep out the Light


If buying curtains for the bedroom, don’t forget that very thin or sheer curtains will let in a lot of light. Ideally, buy lined curtains or curtains designed specifically to block light – these will have a ‘blackout’ lining which will ensure your room stays dark and cool. For anyone who works irregular shifts, blackout curtains are practically essential.

Choosing the Right Type of Curtains


There are four main types of curtains to choose from:

• Pencil pleat curtains – can be used with curtain poles or tracks.

• Tab top curtains – these have fabric loops which hang from the curtain poles.

• Slot top curtains – these have an opening to the top through which the curtain poles can be slotted.

Chrome ring top curtains – these are sometimes referred to as eyelet curtains, and have metal reinforced holes at the tops. Luxurious, heavy fabrics are popular for these types of curtains.

The type of curtains you choose will depend to some extent on what type of curtain rails (if any) are installed in your home. In many new-build and contemporary properties, ring, slot or tab top curtains are the most common, whereas in period properties you may find pencil pleat tracks.

Should you Buy Lined or Unlined Curtains?


There are benefits to buying either type of curtain. Lined curtains will help to insulate your home and make it cosier, whilst protecting your room from strong sunlight. Unlined curtains allow the room to ‘breathe’ – air flows through them so they will help to keep your room cool. In addition, unlined curtains can usually be machine washed, saving you money on dry cleaning bills, and they offer a lighter, airier look for the summer months. Many people switch their curtains with the seasons, hanging lined curtains in the winter to keep the heat in.

Buying curtains


Hillarys offer bespoke curtains and a huge choice of beautiful fabrics and superb designs. They offer both made to measure and ready made range. It is easy to book a home appointment for measuring if you need bespoke curtains and it is included in the price together with the fitting. 

Curtains 2go have a wide collection of colours and fabrics. They wlll help you choose the right curtains for your interior and deliver any order super-fast to you.

247Curtains offer great discount with up to 70% of the price with 3 year guarantee and next day delivery. We also noticed ordering from them is very easy and simple. All you need to know beforehand are the right measurements of the curtains you need. 

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