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You’ve got your fabric samples, now what?

three different fabrics for made to measure curtains in yellow, rust and teal

how to decide which fabric is the right one for your made to measure curtains.

Whether you’re transforming your entire room or you’re just giving your window dressing a much-needed refresh, made to measure curtains are a luxe option that will work in any space – you just have to know which fabric is the right one for you. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done, so we’ve put together a handy guide to help you make that decision, once you’ve got your free fabric samples in front of you.



Just like paint, your fabric samples will look slightly different depending on the light in your room. Make sure you’re happy with it by taping your fabric samples to the glass of the window to see how it fairs in your specific room. You could also pin them to your existing curtains, or net curtains if you have them – though be aware that the colour of your curtains may impact how the samples appear, especially if it’s a totally different colour or tone.

Leave your samples on your window for a couple of days, and observe them in all the different light levels that your room encounters.



If you’ve gone for a pattern, take a step back once you’ve pinned it to your window. Consider how your fabric samples might interact with the other pattern in your room – is it bigger or smaller than your existing prints, do the colours work together, etc.

If you’re doing a complete room transformation, make sure you try your samples with your mood board to ensure that they work with your whole scheme. 



One of the first things that you’ll do naturally when you receive your samples is give them a feel. While they’re not fabric that you’ll be lounging on (unlike cushions and throws), it’s important that you like the feel and the sense of style that it brings to your room. For instance, you might have gone for the softness of velvet, but does that heavy, luxe element work in your space?

Give it a tug and a stretch too to see how durable it is. If you have kids or pets, try drawing on it, spilling liquids on it, even scratching it, to see how it fairs.



Certain types of fabrics work better in certain headings. For example, a thick fabric might end up bulky with a pencil or pinch pleat, whereas a thinner fabric with good draping qualities are ideal for those types of headings.

Scrunch a swatch up in your hand and see how much it creases and then recovers. If it creases easily and doesn’t recover well your curtains may end up looking messy, but if it’s too thick and doesn’t crease at all, your curtains might intrude onto your window and obstruct your view. 


Not got your samples yet? Head to our made to measure curtain collection to discover a whole range of fabrics that we can make into the perfect set of curtains for you.