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 - a window which is set level with the wall

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