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Curtains 101: Everything you need to know about curtains

Considering curtains or drapes but stuck on which style to choose? Read this short guide for everything you need to know about the most popular styles of curtains.

Curtains 101: Everything you need to know about curtains

Sometimes, a window deserves a window treatment a touch more sophisticated than the average ready-made PVC blind. That’s where custom made curtains come in. With curtains made in the right colour, cut and fabric, you can completely transform a room’s appearance and functionality. So, before you make a decision, here’s everything you need to consider.

Curtain fabric

First up is the fabric of your made-to-measure curtains. The fabric that you choose will determine how they function in your home. Different fabrics should be chosen for different rooms, as they have different qualities and uses. At ABC Blinds, we offer sheer curtains, blockout curtains and linen curtains, in addition to custom drapery such as velvet curtains.

Sheer Curtains

Sheer curtains are made from a translucent fabric which softly filters light. This style of curtains does not darken the room, rather, it allows plenty of natural light to fill the room. Sheer curtains also protect your privacy, ensuring that passers-by cannot see inside your home without disrupting your view of the outside world. It’s for these reasons that sheers make excellent living room curtains.

For unmatched levels of privacy, pair your sheers with blockout curtains, so that you can completely block out the outside world whenever you need to. This custom curtain combination will also give you complete control over light levels and help to regulate room temperature due to the insulating nature of blockout fabric.

Blockout curtains

Blockout curtains, also known as blackout curtains, are a popular choice in Australian homes. This style of curtain blocks light entering through the windows, resulting in a darker room at any time or day or night. This makes blockout curtains perfect nursery or bedroom curtains, ensuring that everyone gets an undisturbed night sleep (at least, as far as light is concerned).

Blackout curtains can also help to insulate your home. During the cooler months, the thick lined fabric traps warmth inside the home. Then, during the warmer months, the fabric prevents hot air from passing through the windows.

Linen curtains

Linen is often overlooked as a curtain fabric, but in our opinion it’s one of the best fabrics you can choose for your home. Linen curtains don’t just look great, the fabric also offers a number of practical benefits. For starters, linen is a strong and durable fabric, making it a worthwhile investment. It’s also an extremely absorbent, anti-bacterial fabric with hypoallergenic properties, making it the perfect fabric choice if you or anyone in your family is prone to allergies.

Curtain length

One of the most important steps in getting the right curtains is ensuring you have the correct measurements. Ill-fitting or poorly installed curtains can make even the most stylish of rooms look disorganised and unattractive, which is why we take great pride in offering all of our customers a free measure and quote service. During this service, a member of our team will come to your home to get the precise measurements of your windows and offer expert advice.

Before we measure, we’ll discuss the look you want to achieve in your home. By hanging the fabric higher than the window, this will give a sense of height to the room. For a classic look, go with curtains that just skim the floor. Or, if you want to achieve a more modern look, choose curtains that break slightly at the floor, which will mean the curtains will extend onto the floor by a few inches.

Curtain colour

Curtains are an investment in your home, so it’s important to take your time when choosing a colour. In our range of curtains and drapes, we also offer custom colours. Grey curtains and white curtains continue to be a popular choice; however, we also offer other custom shades to complement your home. As a rule of thumb, it’s always best to choose a neutral shade if there’s already a bold focal point in the room.

Interested in installing curtains? Give us a call us on 13 13 15, visit one of our Perth showrooms or arrange a free measure and quote with a highly-trained consultant in your own home.

All of our window treatments are made in Australia and are sold for the lowest prices in the market, guaranteed. Just bring in a quote on any competitor’s comparable item and we’ll beat it by 5%!

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