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How to customise your curtains in 4 easy steps

How to customise your curtains in 4 easy steps

Readymade curtains are cost-effective, but often not fitted adequately to your window spaces - or your personal taste. When you get custom-made curtains, you choose the measurements, fabric, design and heading so that your drapes integrate perfectly into your home.

Here are the steps you'll need to take to customise your drapes.

You don't want drapes that fall a few centimetres short.

1. Measure your windows

The first step to customising your curtains is to ensure that any you install will provide complete coverage of your windows. You don't want drapes that fall a few centimetres short and let too much light in - or too much heat out.

Consult our how to measure for curtains guide for expert tips on how to achieve full coverage of your window spaces. You'll need to measure the track width and the curtain drop. Think about whether you want your drapes to hang to the floor, or further so that they 'puddle' to create more of a European-style look.

2. Select your curtain fabric

Customising your curtains is an exciting process that lets you style your drapes the way you want!Customising your curtains is an exciting process that lets you style your drapes the way you want!

What's the number one thing you'll need to customise your curtains? Curtain fabric, of course! The choice of material all depends upon the purpose of the curtains. For example, do you need to block out light? Dense dim out fabrics or blockout fabrics are probably your best bet.

Want to add some insulation or reduce outside noise? The insulating qualities of blackout and thermal fabrics make them a great option.

You might decide you like the design of an uncoated fabric but also want to add a lining to the back of the fabric for an extra layer that will improve the performance of your curtains. 

You'll also need to consider colours and patterns. Are your curtains going to be the centerpiece of the room? If so, you might want something bold and colourful to make a statement. If you'd just like them to blend in with the rest of the decor, a more understated design is best.

If you can't decide, let us do the styling for you. Our expert consultants can come to your home free of charge with a range of fabric styles ready to go!

3. Choose your curtain heading style

bla blaEyelet curtain headings can be used with curtain rods and offer a slightly different look to your standard pencil pleat curtain headings. 

Curtain headings are the top part of your curtain that attach to the track or rod. The most commonly used one is the pencil pleat heading, which can be easily adjusted and hung from any curtain track or rod. If you're after a different look, you could opt for eyelet curtain headings. These are a great choice if you have curtain rods, as they have holes with metal eyelets that thread onto the rod. 

New York, Dutch or French pleat styles are only available custom-made, but these headings offer a more contemporary look that might better complement your existing decor.

For more curtain heading ideas and inspiration, take a look at our curtain heading guide

4. Pick your accessories

The final step is to pick the tracks and rods that your curtains will attach to. Depending on how you'll be styling them, you might also want to consider curtain hooks and tiebacks or holdbacks.

We have a range of stylish accessories to pair with your curtains that you can browse on our website

Customising your curtains requires a lot of planning, but it's worth it when you end up with drapes that perfectly fit into your living space and look fantastic. Harvey Furnishings has almost 60 years' worth of experience customising curtains to fit all kinds of Kiwi homes, so drop in to your nearest store today to get started or book a free in-home consultation

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