Good quality curtains last a long time so it’s important to think carefully about your requirements before you invest in them. Once you’ve decided which room/s and window/s you need new curtains in, then you can really think about what you need. There are lots of different options available. If you buy from the manufacturer directly, such as from Direct Fabrics then you will be spoilt for choice. Read on to find out five things to consider when choosing new curtains:
1. Which Colour, Pattern and Fabric?
For me, the fun part is deciding on the colour and pattern. As well as choosing current trends and favourite colours, try to think in terms of longevity too. Will this room always be used for this use? When are you next likely to change the colour scheme etc? For rooms such as a child’s nursery or bedroom, you may wish to choose a neutral colour or pattern so the curtains can grow with the room. You can also choose your preferred fabric from cotton, satin, polyester to wool, velvet or blackout material (more on which later).
2. Eyelets or Pencil Pleat?
Next decide on the heading style you would prefer for your curtains. Personally, I feel eyelet headed curtains always work best in modern rooms and pencil pleat curtains look best where homes are more traditionally decorated. Also consider tab-top, double or triple pinch pleat and wave style headed curtains.
3. Do You Need Black Out Curtains?
A question I often get asked is “Should I buy blackout curtains?”. It’s a personal choice. I would say you definitely need blackout curtains in bedrooms, especially children’s bedrooms. This is because otherwise, children can sometimes struggle getting to sleep during the summer time when the evenings are lighter. A darkened room, creates a sense that it is night and time to sleep. They’re not for everyone, however. If you like to let the light in through the curtains and find this helps you get up in the morning then there’s no need to pay extra for blackout curtains or blackout lining. If you’re unsure, you could always opt for a blackout blind and unlined curtains, so you can pull down the blind when needed. In other sunny rooms of the house, some people find they do prefer blackout curtains to keep the sun out when the curtains are closed and others prefer to only choose blackout curtains in the bedroom. It’s something to think about.
4. Should You Buy Thermal Curtains?
With the cost of living and cost of energy rising, I would definitely encourage you to invest in thermal curtains if you can. The 3 pass blackout linking coating is very hard wearing and provides a thermal benefit as well as making your curtain drape better. By keeping more warmth in your home, you can reduce heating bills.
5. Why Should You Consider Sound Proof Curtains?
If you’re a light sleeper or get easily disturbed by noises outdoors then definitely consider acoustic sounds proof curtains. Duo Lining Fleece Blackout Lining is a very heavy weight full lining that is an interlined option with the 3 pass blackout lining (mentioned above) attached. The Duo lining is an excellent acoustical absorber of sound and will improve room acoustics.
Curtains or Blinds?
Curtains are not always the best option. Sometimes, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, blinds can be more practical. Direct Fabrics have a great selection of blinds too, including roman, vertical, roller, venetian and pleated blinds.
Order a Free Fabric Sample
Once you’ve considered all these keys points and you’re ready to order your curtains or blinds, make sure you order a free sample to check your fabric choice and read the how to measure guide to ensure you order correctly.
What tips do you have for choosing new curtains? I’d love to hear them!
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