Top 10 Curtain Tips - How to Measure for Curtains and Blinds, Curtain Care, Window Treatment Tips, Choosing a Curtain Fabric

At Econermine Fine Furnishings we offer an extensive range of bespoke curtains and blinds, as well as, co-ordinating accessories to add the finishing touches to your home. Choose the combination of fabric, heading style and finishing touches, like valances or tie-backs, to suit your unique personal taste and style. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your windows.


1.     Always use a steel tape when measuring, as fabric tapes can stretch. It may seem obvious, but if you are replacing existing curtains that are the right size then simply measure these.

2.     Experience has shown that it’s much better to install rails before measuring for curtains as it can be difficult to get rails exactly where you want them, especially when drilling into a concrete lintel.  Also install corded rails where possible to avoid regular handling, and possibly soiling your curtains.

3.     If curtains of different lengths are for the same room and it is important that they pattern match let us know whether to match from the top or the bottom.

4.     If you have a valance, you may be able to use slightly less fullness in the curtains (but we would not recommend less fullness in a valance than your curtains).

5.     When choosing your fabric don’t forget that curtains will look darker in bulk. Watch out for horizontal stripes as they will accentuate a long narrow room.

6.     Bear in mind that curtains with a buckram heading (pinch pleat, goblet pleat) occupy rather more space when drawn back than pencil pleating.

7.     A 1½ width pair means just that – each curtain is made up of one full width and half a width of fabric joined together.  If you have half widths always make sure you hang them so that the ½ widths are on the outside.

8.     Whilst most curtains are washable this does not mean they are shrink resistant unless they are an easy-care fabric.  For most fabrics we recommend loose linings if you intend to wash them.

9.    When gathering curtains don’t forget to tie the cords at one end securely before gathering and always make sure the excess cord will be on the outer edge of the curtains.  Don’t cut off the excess if you are likely to want to flatten the curtains later to clean or store away. We provide cord tidies (F.O.C.) to stop them tangling.

10.   It is not always necessary to wash or have your curtains dry cleaned.  Vacuuming them should suffice in most cases.

Custom curtains for your home. Based in the UK, Econermine Fine Furnishings has been producing quality made to measure curtains for over 30 years. We specialise in custom-made window treatments and offer a wide range of inspiring modern and classic designs. Use our made to measure service to order curtains, pelmets, roman blinds, and much more – made especially for you. Shipping is available throughout the UK and Europe.

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By: Andrew Vipond  –   About the Author :
Based in the UK, Econermine has been producing quality curtains for over 30 years. We specialise in custom-made window treatments and offer a wide range of inspiring modern and classic designs. Use our made to measure service to order curtains, pelmets, blinds, and much more – made especially for you. Econermine are holders of the British Standards Institute coveted ISO 9001 Quality Standard. Econermine Fine Furnishings Ltd is a member of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.

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Time to talk about Xmas and New Year Break.

                        Its nearly all over folks.

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Curtain Clean will be open again 19th of  Monday the 15th of January.

So for parcels being sent to Curtain Clean the last day for sending them will be Thursday the 14th of December.

You can resume sending parcels from Thursday the 11th of January.

Staff are back from Monday the 15th of January.

Any queries please give us a call or email. Phones and emails will be monitored periodically during the holiday period.

 Happy New Year.




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