Buying Guide: Curtains
Having curtains that fit properly is essential to any room, as it will ensure they block out any unnecessary light and prevent any unwanted draughts. At furn. we understand that there’s a lot to consider when shopping for curtains, so we’ve created this guide to give you a whistle stop tour of the basics to help you make the right choice. So buckle up!
What is the difference between pencil pleat and eyelet headers?
Let’s start at the very beginning. There are two common types of curtains headers; Eyelet (also known as Ringtop) and Pencil Pleat. It’s essential that you understand the header type that you require, and you can do this by observing the type of window you have, and the pole/tracks that you need to attach the curtains to.
Our Eyelet Curtains are made using 40mm eyelet holes. The Eyelet header is suitable to be used on curtain poles - we’d recommend them for poles up to 28mm in diameter to ensure easy movement along the pole. Our eyelet curtains are a contemporary style header and are very popular with our customers.
Pencil Pleat curtains are made using tightly gathered folds of curtain fabric - they look like a line of pencils... hence the name! The gathering of the curtain fabric from the header helps to create a beautiful drape of pleated fabric within the curtains. Pencil Pleat headers are a more classic style of curtain, and are suitable for both poles and tracks.
What are the different light filtration standards?
Depending on where in the house you are wanting to use your curtains, this will influence your choice of light filtration. We have a choice of Blackout, Room Darkening, Semi Sheer and Sheer. All of which have their own benefits, depending on your requirements.
If you are requiring curtains that will reliably block out all light, then blackout curtains are for you. Made using the best in class ‘3 pass’ manufacturing process, this is where the lining is formed using three layers of ‘foam’ (white, then black, then white again). This ensures that absolutely no light can be passed through the fabric, for total darkness.
Our blackout curtains also have thermal properties. The 3 pass curtain lining includes its natural ability to regulate room temperature. It keeps your room cool in the summer, and warm in the winter by ‘blocking’ the transfer of heat.
These curtains are perfect for any rooms you know it is essential to block out any unwanted light and regulate the temperature.
Room darkening curtains block enough light to significantly darken a room and provide total privacy, while avoiding the ‘total blackout’ effect you’d get from a blackout range. Our room darkening curtains are also lined which helps prevent draughts and significantly blocks out unwanted light which can assist in regulating your room temperature.
These curtains are the most versatile and are a great choice. They really are perfect for most rooms in the home.
Semi Sheer curtains will provide privacy in any rooms that they are used in. Usually made from a fabric lighter in weight and colour, these curtains will not completely block out sunlight from entering a room but help diffuse the light.
Sheer curtains are made from a very lightweight fabric that will give you a measure of privacy and soften your home’s lighting. These curtains will allow most light to pass through.
What size curtains do i need?
Understanding what size curtains you need is essential as ensuring your curtains fit properly will prevent unwanted light and draughts.
All of our curtains are sold as a pair of curtains. Each single curtain panel, when laid out flat, measures the full width of size. If the curtains are sold as 117cm wide you will have two curtains panels that each measure 117cm in width. Now, you might be thinking surely that will be too much curtain fabric? Well let us explain a little further..
When you hang your curtains, you don’t want the fabric to be flat along the pole. Because you’ve got two panels of the full width, the curtains will now have a natural wave of fabric - even when fully drawn. This amount of overlap is also an additional allowance for the curtain width, which is ideal if your window is slightly larger than the curtain sizes available.
If you want a step by step guide for measuring your curtains. See our measuring guides for either Eyelet or Pencil Pleat curtains for more information.