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Heal's Curtain and Blind Making
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Ready-Made Curtains and Blinds
Curtain Poles and Track Systems
Frequently Asked Questions
Which material should I choose for my curtains?
Silks, voiles, some cotton mixes and manmade materials (such as polyester) drape well.
Linens crease easily, so you should be mindful of how they will hang.
Silks tend to fade in colour more than other fabric types so bear in mind how much sunlight your curtains will be exposed to.
How long should my curtain fabric be to cover my window?
It is important to allow enough length for your curtain so when measuring for your curtains you will need to take into account the distance between the pole and the top of the window. Also, make sure the window sill is covered by the curtain but avoid covering radiators below.
Please see our buying guide for more information.
How wide will my curtains be when they're pulled back?
This depends on the style of curtain you choose.
Pleated and cartridge curtains will give you a wider stack when pulled to the sides whereas the eyelet style will give a much narrower pull back.
How high above my window and far away from the sides should my curtain pole be?
About 12cm above the window and 15-30cm on the sides is suitable, but if the window is narrow you may need to leave more space at the sides so the curtains don't block out light when they are pulled back.
What diameter pole is suitable for my curtains?
Heavy curtains will require thicker poles to take their weight while lighter curtains are fine on thinner poles. Ask a member of staff to advise you on the best diameter for your curtains.
What will the stack size of my blinds be when in the raised position?
This depends on the type of blind you purchase. Wooden and Roman blinds have a larger stack size than roller and metal Venetian blinds.
How much light is shut out by blinds?
Depending on the width of the slats, wooden blinds can shut out quite a lot of light. Larger slats allow less light through than narrow ones. You can however add blackout lining to some Roman blinds and blackout backing on roller blinds if you're worried about the light. Please ask a member of staff to advise you on this type of customisation.
Which blinds will be suitable for my bathroom?
Wooden and metal Venetian blinds are suitable depending on the level of condensation in the air and how well ventilated bathroom is. There are also certain roller blind fabrics available that have been specially treated for this purpose. Please ask a member of staff for advice.
Are blinds suitable for bay windows?
Most blinds are. Roman, Metal and Wood Venetian blinds will look best, but roller blinds can also be used if desired.
Which blinds are suitable for putting on a door?
Most blinds are fine to put on a door. The most popular tend to be metal Venetian and Roman blinds because they are lightweight and hang close to the door itself.
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