Choosing the right Curtain fit.

Minimum effort, maximum fit. Tips to getting the right height, width + length Curtains.

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The hottest window coverings in interiors right now are Sheers. These soft, floaty Curtains enhance any space, adding an instant sense of luxury. Made from either a sheer fabric or linen, there are hundreds of options – in various textures, weaves, and in every colour of the rainbow. 

 

There’s more to Linen and Sheer Curtain fabrics than meets the eye though. I’m talking about fabric performance. Every fabric has different qualities, which can affect durability, how easy they are to clean, and other pros and cons.

 

So, before you jump ahead and get caught up in Curtain textures and colours, here’s some important things to be aware of about linen and sheer Curtain fabrics.  

Fabric Weight.

This refers to thickness of the threads that make up the material. While there’s no need to know the exact GSM (grams per square metre) of the fabrics you’re considering, it’s important to understand whether the fabric is lightweight and sheer, or a heavier weight that may also offer blockout.

 

Sheers.

By far the most popular Curtain fabrics in Australia at the moment are Sheers. They are translucent fabrics that offer daytime privacy, soften the appearance of spaces, and diffuse light beautifully. 

 

In bedrooms where you need to achieve total darkness and privacy at night, Sheer Curtains need to be layered with a heavier fabric or another window covering solution, such as a Roller Blind.

 

However, in main living areas where privacy may not be a concern, Sheer Curtains could be the only window treatment you need.

These issues have led to a fabulous range of linen-look Curtain fabrics becoming available at dollar curtains + blinds. Looking just like the real thing but made from polyester, these man-made fibres achieve the natural style without the downsides.

 

Linen-look and Sheer fabrics will:

  • maintain their colour and shape
  • not shrink and are less likely to wrinkle
  • be easier to clean as they are generally stain-resistant and have good washability

 

Window coverings are a big investment so it’s important to select a fabric that will meet your lifestyle needs while achieving your desired style. Read more about curtain fabrics and performance.

 

With Australia’s largest range of Curtain fabrics to choose from, you can find an endless array of natural Linen, Linen-look and Sheer fabrics at your local dollar curtains + blinds store.

 

Curtain Tracks

In this lounge room, you’ll see one of the most popular options right now – the combination of a Roller Blind and a Sheer Wave Fold Curtain in front. It’s a modern look that suits a range of styles and it’s also highly functional.

 

The Roller Blind is automated so you can control it to any height with the touch of a button, ideal for rooms that get strong sun rays and shifting light conditions throughout the day. 

 

The Sheer Curtains in front don’t just look pretty, they diffuse light and offer daytime privacy – and also improve thermal insulation. 

 

 
Wave Fold Sheer Curtains

For a striking look opt for a Decorative Rod which can be finished with rings or finials. Decorative in nature, rings attach to the Rod and allow window treatments to easily open and close. Finials, the decorative pieces at the end of a Rod, allow you to customise your look. Decorator Rods can be used as runners so they function like a track or they can be slotted into a Curtain heading as shown for the Eyelet Curtain style.

 

29mm decorator rods
– Use with rings for pinch pleat, knife pleat, reverse pleat + other pleated styles
– Use Eyelet Curtain heading
– Paired with round finials or end caps
– Hand drawn operation

 

25mm decorator track rods
– Use with pinch pleat, knife pleat, reverse pleat + other pleated styles
– Provided with runners to use as a track
– Plain finish
– Paired with finials or end caps
– Hand drawn operation

 

38mm decorator track rods
– Use with pinch pleat, knife pleat, reverse pleat + other pleated styles
– Supplied with rings or with runners to use as a track
– Plain or reeded finish
– Paired with finials or end caps
– Cord or hand drawn operation

 

“Cushions are an inexpensive way to give your home a style update. Add a finishing touch to a room through a visually appealing mix of different colours and textures. Using our extensive range of fabrics, we custom make Cushions to all shapes and sizes, with or without piping, to co-ordinate with your <a href="https://www.dollarcurtainsandblinds.com.au/product-range/curtains/">Curtains</a>, <a href="https://www.dollarcurtainsandblinds.com.au/product-range/blinds/roman-blinds/">Roman Blinds</a> or <a href="https://www.dollarcurtainsandblinds.com.au/product-range/blinds/roller-blinds-2/">Bonded Roller Blinds</a>. We also offer exclusive ranges of decorative trims and fabric buttons to give your Cushions that designer look. Cushion sizes and shapes vary from the typical square or bolster to window seat cushions or Cushions custom made to fit your furniture.”

— GINA CIANCIO, STYLE CURATOR

 

Louvolite is a company wholly engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of window blind systems and fabrics. Founded by Chairman Reg Allsopp, Louvolite has grown to supply over 65 countries worldwide. Louvolite invests heavily in its state-of-the-art manufacturing depots in Britain. This enables the company to develop and launch new products quickly to market.

Mermet design technical fabrics for solar protection. For 70 years, Mermet has been designing and manufacturing hi-tech fabrics to provide visual and thermal comfort to building occupants. Unique expertise based on the utilisation of glass fibre, a natural and abundant raw material, enables Mermet to offer innovative fabrics combining efficiency and durability. They constantly innovate to design products that meet the highest of standards in terms of environment, eco-design and durability.

 

Nettex Interior Textiles has been in operation for over 35years and prides itself on high quality, home textile fabrics at competitive prices. With an Australian-based distribution network, the company has a long-standing collaboration with dollar curtains + blinds due to their daily focus on delivering innovation in production, performance and quality across every fabric under the Nettex brand.

Sheer Curtains

The Float

Shutters are an ideal choice for thermal insulation – open the blades to stream light into rooms or close to insulate, providing you with a more energy efficient home all year round. Shutters can also transform the façade of your home, creating an immediate impact on your home’s curb appeal while adding sound insulation from outside road and traffic noise.

 

PVC Shutters have the added benefits of being UV, water and moisture resistant to withstand fading, cracking or warping. Unaffected by moisture or humidity makes them ideal for high use and wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

 
Puddling Curtains

The Puddle

Finally, you can find Tiebacks or holdbacks to finish the look of your perfect Curtain. Tiebacks are used to gather and secure Curtains in an open position. They are available in various materials and designs, including fabric, metal or wooden materials. Although they are less common in contemporary homes, tiebacks can add a touch of elegance and functionality to your window treatment.

 

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