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  • Five Top Tips for Choosing Curtain Fabric and Blind Fabric

Five Top Tips for Choosing Curtain Fabric and Blind Fabric

Five Top Tips for Choosing Curtain Fabric and Blind Fabric

My name is Natalie Canning and I would like to welcome you to the blog for Natalie Canning - The Soft Furnishing Experts.

I am devoted to natural fabrics and adore country home interiors.

Today, I wanted to share my five top tips for choosing and buying curtain and blind fabric. 

1.   CONSIDER THE LOCATION

    tips for choosing curtain fabric

      If the window is in a sunny location, does your curtain or blind fabric need to be thick enough to reduce some of the light?  Would you prefer a lightweight material offering privacy but still allow the light to come through?

      Silk fabric is always a luxurious choice but will rot if exposed to sunlight...always interline and line silk curtains or blinds.

      Is the window draughty?  Heavy weight curtain or blind fabrics help reduce draughts.  Lighter weight materials may still be used but it would be advisable to line and interline them.

      What is the style of the room?  Country home or contemporary? Consider patterns and colour.

        2.   CURTAINS OR BLINDS?

        help to choose fabric for blinds and curtains

          A heavy cotton fabric will hold it's shape beautifully in a roman blind, whereas a lightweight fabric will appear more floppy and potentially lose shape over time.

          If the material has a pattern consider how it will look on the finished item e.g. if the pattern is large, will you see enough of it in your chosen window dressing?

          Far more fabric is required for making curtains, than roman blinds see 3. below.

            3.   THINK ABOUT YOUR BUDGET

            what fabric for curtains and blinds

              If you are trying to keep your costs down, I would recommend that you buy inexpensive fabric for making curtains but have them lined and interlined for that luxury feel.  A more expensive coordinating fabric can then be used for smaller items e.g. cushions or roman blinds to complete the overall scheme.

                4.   MEASURE

                  tips to measure for curtains and blinds

                  Always measure your windows with a metal rule.

                  Measure once, write down the amounts, then measure again to be sure.

                  Always check the width of the fabric you are going to buy as these can vary greatly.

                  Please use these links to see our measuring guides for How to measure for curtains and How to measure for roman blinds.

                  5.   ALWAYS LOOK AT A FABRIC SAMPLE

                  natural linen fabrics for bespoke curtains and blinds

                    Before you buy your curtain fabric or blind fabric, it is always best to order a fabric sample.  This allows you to see and feel the material before you make a decision to buy.

                    If you are buying curtain fabric or blind fabric, hold your fabric sample up to the light in the position you would like it to be. For all soft furnishing fabrics place the fabric sample next to any other colours and patterns that will be used in the room.

                      At Natalie Canning - The Soft Furnishing Experts, you may order up to five free fabric samples (+ small postage) and we offer expert advice if required.  Why not take a look? 

                      All of our soft furnishing fabrics can be made (by you or us) into beautiful hand sewn curtains, blinds, cushions or most other soft furnishings of your choice. If you have any tips or comments you would like to add to this blog, I would love to hear from you.

                      (Pictures from James Hare, Inchyra, Sears)

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                      Comments on this post (4)

                      • 13 Oct, 2016

                        Thanks Bailey. If I can help you any further please do not hesitate to get in touch. Have a great evening. Natalie

                        — Natalie Canning

                      • 13 Oct, 2016

                        Number 2! That was really an awesome tip for everyone! So glad that you shared it. Now I know the different types of materials I can use for my own Roman blinds! (I’m making them on my own!)<a / rel="nofollow">

                        — Bailey Dunn

                      • 13 Oct, 2016

                        Hi Penny. Thank you for your comments but due to the hand sewn element to the majority of our curtains and blinds, our customers can only dry clean their soft furnishings. We have created another blog to help them to look after their window treatments which you may be interested in…https://nataliecanninginteriors.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/how-to-care-for-your-soft-furnishings/. Best wishes Natalie.

                        — Natalie Canning

                      • 13 Oct, 2016

                        […] might think that this goes without saying, but you would be amazed by the number of people who pick soft furnishings that aren’t washable. If you want your home makeover to stay looking smart and stylish for years […]

                        — How To Perfect A Home Makeover Like A Decorator - Dont Call Me Penny

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