5 Things to Think About Before Buying Curtains + Blinds

There are lots of things to consider when deciding how to dress your windows, so to make it a little easier for you, we’ve put together 5 things to think about before buying your curtains or blinds…

Green wool blinds in a white living room


Made to measure or ready made?

This is very dependent on the window size you have, as ready made curtains + blinds only come in selected sizes. Ready made curtains + blinds are often cheaper and have a shorter delivery time, but there is limited choice, and you can fall into the trap of buying something you don’t totally love. Made to measure curtains + blinds are usually higher quality (especially at Stitched!), and you get to design them yourself, so they are perfect for your home. PLUS they are kinder to the environment because there is no mass production involved - it’s a win win.

Red curtain against a dark wall


What colour to choose?

Colour is the first thing you see when entering a room, so it’s important that you choose the right colour… One of the most important things to consider is the amount of natural light in your room. Warmer colours tend to work better in north-facing rooms whereas cooler colours suit south-facing rooms. Not sure on what colour to go for? Stitched have 200+ different colours to choose from.

Close up of some fabric rolls


Which fabric to go for?

Not only do different fabrics look and feel different, they serve different purposes too! At Stitched we have 13 different fabrics to choose from. If noise is an issue? Pick wool, wool is a great sound absorber, has great insulation AND is perfect for keeping the warm inside (for a wool fabric take a look at our Flax, Wool, Upcycled Silk and Hemp!). Got little ones around? Old-faithful and hard-wearing, cotton is a good choice. It is easy to clean too Take a look at our Cotton Twill for more information.

Red pencil pleat curtain close up


Is blackout important?

Blackout is definitely key to achieving a great night’s sleep - especially in those summer months. Adding a blackout lining to your curtain or blind is the first step to achieving blackout. Installation is also key, installing your roman blind outside of the recess helps to block the majority of light and when it comes to curtains, make sure your pole is 15cm wider and taller than your window, for full window coverage.

Study room with grey curtains


Which way does your window face?

If it faces North, this means it isn’t going to get much sunlight - so you will need to maximise your window as much as possible, let in as much light as you can! You can do this with your blind by installing it above the recess, so that when it is open, the blind only covers the frame. If you have curtains, it is always best to leave room either side of the window frame for the curtain ‘stackback’ (folds of curtains) - the less curtain covering your window, the more light that can enter the room.

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