All You Need To Know About Curtains

Curtains

Custom-making your curtains brings something to your home that nothing else can achieve.

It is that professional finishing touch and statement of design that transforms your soft furnishings into a piece of art. It reflects your design personality  and creates something unique to your home.

The benefits of custom-making your curtains are numerous and last well after they have been installed.

Starting with the free in-home consultation, the interior design expert will help you decide on the best product fit as well as the best fabric choice for you and your home. You can see it in your own environment and visualize the finished product. They can offer many solutions to fit within your budget as well as discussing insulation, energy saving, noise control and light control options.

The simplest and most effective thing you can do to increase your homes insulation is to invest in custom made curtains and blinds. Good advice here is important as insulation effectiveness is determined by the "fit" of the curtain over your window. There are many ways to maximize the warmth and trap the air – anything from the position of the tracks, type of fabric, to the choice of lining.  The good news is that curtains can significantly reduce heat loss through your windows, making your home easier and cheaper to heat, and more comfortable and healthy to live in. In fact, EECA believe that well-fitting curtains and blinds, when closed, can reduce heat loss though single glazed windows by 60%. Consumer NZ also agree that insulating curtains and blinds can be just as effective, if not more than effective as double glazing.

Give your room an illusion of space by running the curtain rod and curtains from the full height of the room.

Ask your retailer about using bumf or padding to make curtains appear fuller. This adds luxury and depth to your curtains.

 

Linings

Linings in curtains and blinds come in lots of different fabrics for many different uses. They have come a long way technology wise and now offer even more benefits to you and your home furnishings.

Energy efficiency and insulation is one of the most obvious and useful benefits a well fitted curtain and good lining can provide any home. Most heating and cooling energy is wasted from transference through windows and it is estimated that this can be as much as 42-45%. It will make a big difference to your energy bill to properly fit your curtains and use the best lining for your room.

Depending on the lining you choose, they can offer UV protection of your carpets and furniture. Sun damage in New Zealand is harsh so a protection from the elements is an added benefit.

Noise control can also be obtained from a good lining. In much the same way linings insulate a window, they also keep some control on the noise outside.

Mould and mildew can be a problem in some rooms and often the linings are the first affected as they are closest to the moisture and the window. New technology in linings means that you can now get mould and mildew resistant linings to protect your curtains.

Your PDG retailer can provide specific advice on linings and choosing the best option for each room in your home. For instance a light poly cotton, is often well priced and good for a room that does not need lots of insulation or darkness.
In contrast, a blackout lining is great for blocking out light. Blackout lining is heavier and will be more insulating, good for use in a roman blind, where the fabric does not go to the ground. It's also great for a kids' room, especially in daylight saving where the light is bright well after bedtime.

Curtain Tops

There are many heading styles that you can choose when ordering custom- made curtains. They change the look of the curtains and also can be suited to the fall of the fabric chosen. Ask your retailer to recommend the best style to suit your room and fabric.

A range of heading styles are available, see below:

Single Pleat

Single Pleat

Twin Pleat

Twin Pleat

Inverted Pleat

Inverted Pleat

French Pleat

French Pleat

Wave Pleat

Wave Pleat

Pencil Pleat

Pencil Pleat

 

Tracks and Rods

Rods are an important choice when choosing your curtains. They can create a statement or retreat to let the fabric or curtain speak for itself. The positioning of the track is another factor to consider – running the track from the full height of the room gives maximum insulation plus creates an illusion of space.