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Curtains fulfil a variety of different functions both practical and aesthetic, providing physical insulation that is extended by colour and texture to create a sumptuous, cosy luxury. Different fabric options can completely transform a room interior into a variety of different moods and looks.

Lots of factors need to be considered when choosing curtains: whether you are going to have a pole or track, full or sill length, or whether you have items such as radiators, furniture etc as an obstacle. Once the various options are considered the next thing is to decide what type of heading is required.  I make nearly all of our curtains using interlining which is a soft, fleece-like material, sandwiched between the main fabric and the lining.  This provides insulation as well as a beautiful soft texture and drape that adds to the overall look.

The most popular headings are all made to measure and hand sewn providing you with a supreme quality product.

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Triple French Pleat

This is classical, elegant and timeless.  The pleat is folded into three and sewn in place at the bottom and top of the pleat.  This heading stacks back neatly at each side into folds.  They work best when they are full length and can just skim the floor or be slightly puddled. 

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Double Pleat

This is slightly less formal than triple pleat with the pleat-folded into two and sewn in place.  This still lends itself to floor length just with a slightly less formal feel to it and uses slightly less fabric than triple pleat.

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Pencil Pleat

This is the simplest curtain heading and is machine stitched at the top using heading tape, which is then gathered up to the correct width for your window.  Mostly used in children’s bedrooms if you are wanting a cost-effective, simple curtain solution.

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Cartridge Pleat

This heading forms cylinder type pleats at the heading and then into folds. It has a slightly more modern, masculine look to it.  Once again best used on floor-length curtains to gain the maximum, sumptuous effect. Used with a heavy velvet type fabric these look opulent.

Cottage Pleat

These curtains have a soft gather at the header, this is created by having the heading tape placed and inch or so down from the top, so it flops down slightly.  This is a nice option for a country style, relaxed look in a bedroom.

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Pelmets

Pelmets are upholstered boards used to form part of the window treatment. They can conceal fixtures and when paired with curtains or blinds and add definition and opulence to your window.

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Wave Curtains

This is a very stylish, neat system created by using special heading tape to form a beautiful wave effect.  The curtains hang below the track in a neat uniform style and fold back into neat folds, maximising the light.  This approach is most suited to modern, minimalist environments and for large areas.  This approach is particularly popular on wide bi-fold door areas where privacy is required but light should not be compromised as when the curtains are stacked back they are streamlined and therefore do not overly impinge on the window area.  These curtains require a specialist wave track system to create this which I can provide. 

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Curtain Fittings

There are two main types of ways to hang curtains, on tracks or on poles.

Curtain tracks are used to be functional rather than decorative, or discreet when you want the attention to be drawn to the curtain fabric.  They are sometimes ceiling fixed and white to do exactly that and allow the curtain to perform the drama.

Curtain poles can be decorative as well as functional, with endless options on colour and style.  The finial is the decorative piece on the end of the pole, if you are going for a simple look then a basic ball end finishes it off nicely. If you want a more dramatic look then there are many elaborate choices to choose from.  You can have wooden or metal poles.  Metal poles are good option to fit around bay windows.  I work with a range of suppliers with a wide choice and can help you decide the right one for your window is.

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Triple French Pleat

This is classical, elegant and timeless.  The pleat is folded into three and sewn in place at the bottom and top of the pleat.  This heading stacks back neatly at each side into folds.  They work best when they are full length and can just skim the floor or be slightly puddled. 

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Double Pleat

This is slightly less formal than triple pleat with the pleat-folded into two and sewn in place.  This still lends itself to floor length just with a slightly less formal feel to it and uses slightly less fabric than triple pleat.

Pencil Pleat

This is the simplest curtain heading and is machine stitched at the top using heading tape, which is then gathered up to the correct width for your window.  Mostly used in children’s bedrooms if you are wanting a cost-effective, simple curtain solution.

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Cartridge Pleat

This heading forms cylinder type pleats at the heading and then into folds. It has a slightly more modern, masculine look to it.  Once again best used on floor-length curtains to gain the maximum, sumptuous effect. Used with a heavy velvet type fabric these look opulent.

Cottage Pleat

These curtains have a soft gather at the header, this is created by having the heading tape placed and inch or so down from the top, so it flops down slightly.  This is a nice option for a country style, relaxed look in a bedroom.

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Pelmets

Pelmets are upholstered boards used to form part of the window treatment. They can conceal fixtures and when paired with curtains and add definition and opulence to your window.

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Wave Curtains

his is a very stylish, neat system created by using special heading tape to form a beautiful wave effect.  The curtains hang below the track in a neat uniform style and fold back into neat folds, maximising the light.  This approach is most suited to modern, minimalist environments and for large areas.  This approach is particularly popular on wide bi-fold door areas where privacy is required but light should not be compromised as when the curtains are stacked back they are streamlined and therefore do not overly impinge on the window area.  These curtains require a specialist wave track system to create this which I can provide. 

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Curtain Fittings

There are two main types of ways to hang curtains, on tracks or on poles.

Curtain tracks are used to be functional rather than decorative, or discreet when you want the attention to be drawn to the curtain fabric.  They are sometimes ceiling fixed and white to do exactly that and allow the curtain to perform the drama.

Curtain poles can be decorative as well as functional, with endless options on colour and style.  The finial is the decorative piece on the end of the pole, if you are going for a simple look then a basic ball end finishes it off nicely. If you want a more dramatic look then there are many elaborate choices to choose from.  You can have wooden or metal poles.  Metal poles are good option to fit around bay windows.  I work with a range of suppliers with a wide choice and can help you decide the right one for your window is.

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