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The A-Z of Curtains + Blinds

Curtain and blind terminology can get a little confusing, so we’ve put together a handy glossary to make it easy to understand. Still got questions? Get in touch with our friendly customer team on 0330 808 1787 or pop them an email at

B - F

blackout lining


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

curtain pole bracket


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

recycled fabric


Any combination of colours in which a style is available in.

curtain drapes


Another word for curtains.

pink curtain fabric

Face Fabric

The fabric that you have chosen, looking into your room.

curtain 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).

green curtains on a flat window

Flush Window

A window which is set level with the wall.

H - O

striped pencil pleat heading


The top of a curtain.

yellow roman blind inside recess

Inside the recess

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

lined curtain


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

curtain lining


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

striped curtain outside the recess

Outside the recess

Installing a blind above the window ‘box’, so the blind sits on the wall.

P - R

pelmet with white curtains


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

curtain pleat


Even folds in a fabric to add fullness.

curtain pooling


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

window recess


When the window sits further back than the main wall.

roller blind

Roller Blinds

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

roman blinds

Roman Blinds

Elegant flat panel blinds which form horizontal folds when open.

S - V

window 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.

silk curtains


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

curtain valance


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

venetian window


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

sheer curtains


Sheer fabric - - - can be used alongside curtains and blinds for privacy.