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Discover how much fabric you need for your new pair of curtains!
Curious? We've explained how our calculations are made.

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How We Make Our Curtains

There are many different ways to make a pair of curtains and any two experts will give you differing methods of how to do it best.  For that reason, we take care of this for you without getting you involved in the details of how your curtains will be made.  However, if you’re an expert and you want to know exactly how we’re making your curtains, read on.

Leading edges & returns

Leading edges and returns are taken into account in the fabric requirements calculation as additional width.  This is to make sure that your curtains meet properly in the middle if your poles or tracks stand out significantly from the wall or have a significant  overlap in the middle.   

For curtain poles, we make each leading edge and return 6cm to give a total additional width of 24 cm in the case of a pair of curtains or 12cm in the case of a single curtain.  For tracks leadings edges and returns are 8cm each to give a total of 32 cm additional width for a pair and 16cm for a single curtain.

Fullness

Our fabric calculator allows you to choose exactly how full you’d like your finished curtains to be and, if you’re ordering online, you can choose the extra fullness option to give your curtains a more sumptuous look.  The fabric calculator starts by using our standard fullness and you can either increase this or, in some cases, reduce it.  Our standard and extra fullness by heading type are as follows:

 

Heading

Standard Fullness

Extra Fullness

Gathered Pleat

1.8

2.0

Pencil Pleat

2.0

2.5

Double Pleat

1.8

2.0

Triple Pleat

2.0

2.5

Inverted Pleat

2.25

2.5

Tab Top

1.25

1.5

Eyelet

1.5

1.75

 

Turnings (Top And Bottom Hems)

The amount of fabric we require for turnings varies slightly according to heading type and fabric.  As a guide, they vary form 23cm for simple gathered headings up to 36 cm for deep 6 inch pleated headings.  Most pleated headings require 33cms.  Very heavy fabrics (especially velvets) require 3cm less than standard weight fabrics.

 

1. Fabric Information

Fabric name:
Shop / Maker:
Fabric width: cm
Pattern repeat (if applicable): cm
Price per metre (£):

2. Measurements

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Fixture:
Width of track/pole: cm
Total drop: cm

3. Style options

Pair or single:
Heading:
Fullness:



4. Options

Tie backs
 
Interlined


 

Pencil Pleat
The pencil pleat - our most popular heading - is a simple and versatile heading. If you’re confused by heading choice, this is the one for you. It is smart but relaxed and versatile. You can adjust both the finished width and the height a little which means you might even find a window for them in your next home.  Upon delivery, form the curtain pleats by pulling the heading tape strings at the end.

Our pencil pleats are 3” deep or 6” if your curtains are more than 250cm long.

This heading is suitable for both poles and tracks.

Goblet Pleat.  As seen in showroom.

For pencil pleat over 250cm drop

Single Pleat - As in Showroom

Cartridge Pleat - as in showrrom

Slot Top pocket heading.

as seen in showroom

Triple Pleat
The triple pleat, also known as a French pleat, is the classic formal heading and is perfect for the dining room, main bedrooms or other formal areas. If you want something special, then this is a wise choice.

Our triple pleats are 5” deep or 6” if your curtains are more than 250cm long.

This heading is suitable for both poles and tracks.

Double Pleat
Think of the double as the relaxed cousin of the triple pleat. It requires less fabric than a triple pleat which means it is less expensive. This may well explain why it’s one of our best sellers.

Our double pleats are 5” deep or 6” if your curtains are more than 250cm long.

This heading is suitable for both poles and tracks.

Inverted Pleat
The inverted pleat is one of the more contemporary curtain headings. It is a popular choice for its clean, neat look when drawn closed. It does require a lot of fabric to make which makes it more expensive than other headings. Due to the amount of fabric, this heading is not advisable for narrower windows as it needs a lot of space to stack back. It’s worth adding tiebacks to your order to help them stack back neatly.

Our inverted pleats are 5” deep or 6” if your curtains are more than 250cm long.

This heading is suitable for both poles and tracks.

Gathered Pleat
A gathered pleat heading has a simple, relaxed country style. The ruffled top is classic, and makes for an understated finish. You can alter the width by pulling the heading tape to your desired width making it a versatile and practical choice.  It is one of the best value options because it doesn’t need much fabric to make up.  Upon delivery, form the pleats by pulling the heading tape strings at the end.

Our gathered pleats are 2.5cm (1”) deep.

This heading is suitable for both poles and tracks.

Eyelet
An eyelet heading makes for a clean and contemporary look. As well as looking neat, it takes up very little space when stacked back, making your room seem spacious and modern. The eyelets are available in a range of colours to match your pole and fabric. Our standard 40mm eyelet is satin silver and is suitable for poles up to 35mm diameter.

Please note that this heading is suitable for poles only.

Tab Tops
Our tab top headings are the simplest headings of all. The only word of warning is that they are not advised for curtains which will be drawn regularly since they do not move along poles as easily as other curtain headings.

Our standard tab measures 7cm wide by 10cm deep, and they fit all poles up to 35mm in diameter. If you have a larger pole, we are happy to enlarge the tabs accordingly – just call us.

Please note that this heading is suitable for poles only.

The Classic.

French pleat or triple pleat is a smart formal classic heading.   The curtain falls into very elegant folds that can be easily dressed.

Our standard triple pleats are 5” deep. If your curtains are very long, we'll make the pleat 6" to keep the proportions of your curtains perfect.

Suitable for both poles and tracks.

A more relaxed cousin of the triple pleat.

Traditional but a little less formal than the triple pleat, our standard double pleats are 5” deep.  If your curtains are very long, we'll make the pleat 6" to keep the proportions of your curtains perfect.

Suitable for both poles and tracks.

Smart, formal and a little out of the ordinary. With its minimalist front face, this makes for a modern, contemporary look.