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    • baz8790
    • By baz8790 15th Oct 16, 8:33 AM
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    Made to measure curtains
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    • 15th Oct 16, 8:33 AM
    Made to measure curtains 15th Oct 16 at 8:33 AM
    My living room has a radiator directly under the window and a set of French doors and when looking at ready made curtains they are either too short for the window or will cover too much of the radiator, same with the French doors they will be too long and trail on the floor.

    Has anyone had made to measure curtains? And has the quality been good?

    I'm shocked at the prices so would like to get some that are going to last a good few years.

    http://www.curtains-2go.co.uk seem to be the best prices I can find so far

    It will be thermal curtains that I will be getting and will probably only close them in the winter as the windows already have blinds.
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    • Lbuk
    • By Lbuk 15th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
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    I have the same issue but I couldn't justify the price of custom made curtains.

    Instead I bought them too long, measured the height I needed the curtains lifting by, pinned it, ironed a crease and then glued it with iron on adhesive.

    No experience and did the job. Looked great.
    • ellie27
    • By ellie27 15th Oct 16, 10:36 AM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 10:36 AM
    Do you need curtains? We always had curtains in our last house but our new home has big bay windows. Some of the bay windows have curtains and some have just roller blinds. The ones with the blinds look much better, I find the curtains make the windows look much smaller and block out more light from the side.

    Also, you mention thermal? Do you just mean lined curtains? Just that you say they will only be closed over in winter so do you really need thermal ones?
    • Snakey
    • By Snakey 15th Oct 16, 12:53 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 12:53 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 12:53 PM
    I have a love-hate relationship with curtains - my flat has floor-to-ceiling windows (OK maybe six inches off the floor, but literally all the way up to the ceiling) and I've no idea what to do with them in the longer term. Curtains block out so much of that lovely natural light that made me like the flat so much! Especially if yours are going to spend nine months of the year bunched up at either side not actually being useful for anything (other than restricting the amount of daylight that gets in), why bother?

    You can get some really nice posh blinds if you're in the mood for a change or want to splash some cash.

    If I do end up going with curtains once I refurbish, which will probably be a necessity in the bedroom as I face on to a brightly-lit ten-storey block so going without isn't comfortable for sleeping, I will do just as Lbuk says I think.
    • baz8790
    • By baz8790 15th Oct 16, 1:17 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 1:17 PM
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    • 15th Oct 16, 1:17 PM
    Sorry yes I meant thermal lined.

    More to keep some heat in the room as I'm in north east Scotland and the winters get cold here.

    The windows and doors are massive so I'm not concerned about making them look smaller.

    I could probably fit a roller blind at the window but on the French doors the space between the top of the doors and the frame would leave no room for any blinds
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 20th Oct 16, 5:24 PM
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    • 20th Oct 16, 5:24 PM
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    • 20th Oct 16, 5:24 PM
    If you can find ready mades that are the right width but too long, you could have them shortened. If your skills aren't up to it, most dry-cleaners have a tailoring service. I've done this and it's much cheaper than made-to-measures.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 20th Oct 16, 6:05 PM
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    • 20th Oct 16, 6:05 PM
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    • 20th Oct 16, 6:05 PM
    I have some which were from Dunelm and reasonably priced, but haven't used then yet, but the current ones, from a now closed chain store have been very good value.


    Woodyatt an online seller of a limited range of curtains and a wider range of nets and voiles, have very reasonable rates and will sell fabrics by the metre, too. They have regular special offers and very good customer service (will send up to 6 samples).


    http://www.woodyattcurtains.com/?gclid=CJ-ejf7t6c8CFU2NGwoddUgKSg




    I've only ever bought their voiles and rods though, because they have the quality nets and voiles which have disappeared from high street stores (I'm old fashioned and find the currently popular vertical blinds institutional)
    • Any
    • By Any 20th Oct 16, 6:45 PM
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    • 20th Oct 16, 6:45 PM
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    • 20th Oct 16, 6:45 PM
    Hi,

    We had funny shaped bay window and I used these people
    https://www.custom-curtains.co.uk

    I needed to speak to them as they needed to be really custom made (not just size you can custom online, I needed like a skirt to cover the railing too) and they were amazing.

    Ordered samples of fabric, delivered within couple of days, then ordered the curtains with thermal blackout lining and was really happy with the quality for the price.

    This is 3 years ago. Sold the curtains with the house.
    • Hoploz
    • By Hoploz 20th Oct 16, 7:47 PM
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    • 20th Oct 16, 7:47 PM
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    Definitely buy off the peg and shorten them. The poster above suggested one way with iron-on hemming web, but it's really super-easy to sew them! Hang them on the pole or track, then fold them to the right length, pin them, then step back to check they're right. Then just sew it by hand - I often do it with them still hung up as you can check as you go then so it'll be right. Really, it's sooooo easy!

    Dunelm have the biggest curtain selection. They offer something for all budgets, thin and thick, lined, everything. Either ready made or made to measure but I would stick to readymades.

    I often get readymade blackout linings for mine which you can just hang from the top with curtain hooks.
    • Yorkie1
    • By Yorkie1 21st Oct 16, 9:51 PM
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    Dunelm have the biggest curtain selection. They offer something for all budgets, thin and thick, lined, everything. Either ready made or made to measure but I would stick to readymades.

    I often get readymade blackout linings for mine which you can just hang from the top with curtain hooks.
    Originally posted by Hoploz

    Just to echo Hoploz'z post - I've found Dunelm's ready made and made to measure curtains very good. Their blackout linings are also good, although I'm not sure if they do full length versions.
    • bouncydog1
    • By bouncydog1 22nd Oct 16, 2:34 PM
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    Where the headings have been pleated on tape, rather than eyelet type, I have shortened them from the top by unpicking the tape, turning over the top so the curtains are the required length and then restitching the tape after cutting off the excess fabric from the curtain. Far easier IMO than rehemming, particularly if the curtains are lined and the hems weighted.
    • Nomoonatall
    • By Nomoonatall 22nd Oct 16, 2:59 PM
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    I ended up adapting bought curtains. I have two pairs per window...contrasting colours. I've put in hooks to catch the curtains, where they'd touch the heater.

    I've recently bought some 'invisible hooks', so that I can line the curtains with fleece or something!

    I'm probably not helping! Sorry. x
    • Hoploz
    • By Hoploz 22nd Oct 16, 4:32 PM
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    Where the headings have been pleated on tape, rather than eyelet type, I have shortened them from the top by unpicking the tape, turning over the top so the curtains are the required length and then restitching the tape after cutting off the excess fabric from the curtain. Far easier IMO than rehemming, particularly if the curtains are lined and the hems weighted.
    Originally posted by bouncydog1
    Funny you should say that. I've just done a pair this way for the first time this very week! They were from Ikea who sell their curtains at one standard 300cm length designed for the buyer to adjust them to the right length.

    It was very easy to put the pencil pleat tape on, yes indeed. I think if you just want them just roughly the right length, eg somewhere below the window sill, then it's ok to do it this way. However, mine are floor length so it needed to be exactly right within a few mm. It all measured good but tbh they aren't quite perfect - the floor must have a slight dip as when they're drawn one looks a bit short Wouldn't have happened if I'd had them hung up to pin. Measuring accurately sometimes doesn't get the best results when it comes to old houses :/
    • DollyDee
    • By DollyDee 22nd Oct 16, 5:39 PM
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    Where the headings have been pleated on tape, rather than eyelet type, I have shortened them from the top by unpicking the tape, turning over the top so the curtains are the required length and then restitching the tape after cutting off the excess fabric from the curtain. Far easier IMO than rehemming, particularly if the curtains are lined and the hems weighted.
    Originally posted by bouncydog1
    I did mine that way as well. Ironed them first. Hung them up, measured from the bottom up how much had to be shortened, took them down, unpicked the tape, measured and cut off the required amount and machined the tape back on. Obviously, keep measuring the curtains against each other to make sure they will line up.

    Much easier to do them from the top with ready-made curtains especially lined ones.
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