The A-Z Of Curtains + Blinds

Curtain + blind terminology can get a little confusing, so we’ve put together a handy glossary to make it easy to understand.

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Blackout

A type of lining, an extra layer of fabric to stop light shining through so you get a good night’s sleep

Brackets

Fittings used to mount the blind or curtain pole/track to the wall or window frame

Colourway

Any combination of colours in which a style is available in

Drapes

Another word for curtains

Face Fabric

The fabric that you have chosen, looking into your room

Finial

A shape (often round or pointed) screwed into a curtain pole at both ends to contain the rings (these aren’t always just round or pointed - our metal ones are flat)

Flush Window

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Heading

The top of a curtain

Inside the recess

Installing a blind (or curtain) in the window ‘box’

Interlining

Luxurious lining - an additional layer of fabric between ordinary lining and face fabric

Lining

A layer of fabric used at the back of both curtains + blinds to give it body and provide protection. Stitched offer 5 different types of lining

Outside the recess

Installing a blind above the window ‘box’

Pelmet

A box covering the heading and track of a curtain. The fabric equivalent is called a valance

Pleat

Even folds in a fabric to add fullness

Pooling

The amount of fabric at the bottom of the curtains at floor level

Recess

When the window sits further back than the main wall

Roller Blinds

One flat piece of material wrapped around a tube, these can be raised or lowered with a chain

Roman Blinds

Elegant flat panel blinds which form horizontal folds when open

Shutters

Wooden panels fixed inside or outside a window that can be tilted to control light

Skylight Blinds

Window blinds designed to fit inside a skylight or velux window

Stackback

The folds of a curtain to the side of a window when it is pulled completely open

Valance

A gathered band of fabric hiding a curtain track and heading. It is the fabric equivalent to a pelmet

Venetian

Horizontal, overlapping slats. The slats can be tilted to control the light and be put at any height

Voile

Sheer fabric, can be used alongside curtains + blinds for privacy