Made to Measure Curtains & Blinds

Made to Measure Curtains

Having chosen your perfect curtain fabric, with our help you are able to create something truly unique and control every element of the design. Whether you are looking for extra long curtains or curtains for a bay window, you can have perfectly fitting, custom made curtains, blinds and soft furnishings in the fabric, style and finish you want.

Our custom made curtains and blinds are beautifully hand made to the highest quality by our experienced team based here in Sussex. Whether you choose a classic or contemporary style they will be made using traditional sewing techniques with a great attention to detail and once ready will be carefully packaged and delivered to your door ready to hang.

How to measure for curtains and blinds

We have created a handy guide on how to measure for curtains, which will help you supply us with the right information. If you are measuring curtains for a bay window you can have these as either one pair or as two pairs, a centred pair with a single curtain either side. If you have any other queries or want to talk to us then please contact us, we’d be more than happy to talk you through the process.

Designing Your Curtains

If you are not sure where to start then please take a look at our guide on how to choose the right handmade curtains below. Here you will find technical advice and design inspiration to help you create your perfect custom made curtains and blinds.

Get a quote for your new custom made curtains or custom made blinds from the Fabrics & Papers team today.

Curtain Fabric

The first decision is usually the curtain fabric, the beauty of having made to measure curtains is that you can choose just about any fabric. We have a wonderful range of curtain fabrics including floral, silk, tartan, plain linen and a wonderful selection of children’s fabric.

Eyelet Curtains – These are popular for a more contemporary look with the choice of eyelet colour to suit your room. These can only be used on a pole and do not suit a Pelmet. They are perfect for people who wish to have their curtains to fold back tightly without spilling onto the window.

Hand double or triple pleat Curtains – These both create a lovely formal look, their hand finished design creates a very neat appearance and would suit either a pole or track.

Inverted Pleat Curtains – The Inverted pleat is designed for people who require a flat finish to their curtains; it gives a more contemporary look than the double or triple pleat and is better suited to heavier fabrics. The Inverted pleat should be used on a pole.

Pencil Pleat Curtains – This is a good everyday style, it is a tape heading which means they are good value as the makeup cost is less than others. Pencil pleat does look great with a pelmet if you wish to add something extra to finish your window. Can be used on a Track or Pole.

Simple Gather Curtains – These have a relaxed and soft look and we always allow a one inch stand up for this design. A simple gather can be used on a track or pole and works well with fabrics from our English Country Linens.

Design Extras

Adding trimmings and contrast binding can add style and colour to your curtains. We would normally allow 2” for a contrast binding and this can run around all edges, the leading edge and bottom or simply the leading edge. Alternatively you may want to use a pretty fringe, fan edging or braid to finish off your curtains. Fringe or fan edging on the leading edge works particularly well if you are having a fixed curtain with a drape held back by a matching tieback or holdback .

Tie backs are used for two reasons; some may use them as a practical tool to hold the curtain back off the window, others may simply want them as a finishing touch to their window treatment. Whilst many people have tiebacks made in a matching fabric, you can also have rope tiebacks and these may pick out a feature colour within your room or match in. Rope tie backs normally feature tassels and sometime crystals so can be used to add a little glamour to your room. Another alternative is a fixed tieback, these are best for drapes over a bed, or fixed curtains, but also give a very smart finish. Of course many people find they don’t have a need for tie backs and the curtains can simply hang in place.

Pelmets are a great finishing touch to your window; you have two options, a stiff pelmet (sometimes called a flat pelmet) or a soft pelmet (also called a valance). The stiff pelmets are supplied with an MDF board and can be straight or shaped. A Soft pelmet can be produced in all the headings barring eyelets and inverted pleats.

A final design detail for your made to measure curtains is the pole, if they are not going on a track, we have a lovely range of curtain poles and finials that can be custom made to your desired length and colour. Like all our curtains and blinds the poles are handmade in England.

Get a quote for your new custom made curtains or custom made blinds from the Fabrics & Papers team today.

Designing Your Custom Made Blind

Blinds have always been a popular window treatment and can be either be used by themselves or teamed up with a pair of curtains. We offer two different made to measure blind options that provide very different looks for dressing your room.

Roman Blinds Made to Measure

These are our most favoured style by our clients; they are suited to the majority of fabric types and can be made to fit inside or outside the window recess. These handmade blinds come with either a covered baton and cord pulleys or with a cassette mechanism and chain pulley. When our roman blinds are down they sit flat with no discernible stitching to the face of the fabric to ensure a very smart finish. Roman blinds can be lined and interlined, blackout lining is popular too, especially for nurseries, if you are having a blackout roman blind you will also need to have them interlined to ensure no light seepage. There are some lovely little extra’s you can add to a roman blind such as pretty trimmings or contrast binding to create a really beautiful addition to your room.

Roller Blinds Made to Measure

The alternative to Roman blinds are Roller blinds. These are an option when you want to minimise the amount of light lost, want a very clean finish, or want to cut out light/protect furniture. Many of our clients use blackout roller blinds behind existing curtains when they don’t want to change the curtains but do need the room to be darker. Also we can supply sun blinds, these do the opposite – they are a laminated light fabric that will protect your furnishings from harsh sunlight – or prying eyes - whilst still allowing the light to come through. We can also have the fabric of your choice laminated and made into roller blinds.

Roller blinds are favoured by people who generally want a simple finish for their windows, additionally, this maybe a practical choice if not a very large room and you don’t want anything too overpowering. Roller blinds are created by a special form of laminating which rules out fabrics such as velvet, crewel and most embroidery as they cannot withstand the laminating process. Roller blinds can be blackout lined if required and can be operated by either a sidewinder or slow rise mechanism.

Both types of blinds have the option on a left or right side pulley/winder system.

If you have any questions about ordering your new made to measure blinds then please do contact us, our experienced team will be more than happy to help. You can also get a quote for your new blinds today.

Please note that as of the 28.02.14 new standards have been set that applies to the construction and fitting of interior blinds, we are currently working to ensure all out blinds comply with these new safety laws. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

The finishing touches to your room are essential, though it is important not to got too crazy, a little matching within your room will help to bring everything together. Many will have a few matching scatter cushions whilst others may go with a matching lampshade or chair cushions. As we offer a full bespoke service in soft furnishings, headboards and furniture we will be happy to discuss your individual needs with you, you can email us or call us on +44 (0)1273 495500.