Denmay Interiors

Tips for choosing curtain fabric

Curtain and Blind Makers London

Tips for choosing curtain fabric

  • Location

If the window is in a sunny location, does your curtain or blind fabric need to be thick enough to reduce some of the light?  Would you prefer a lightweight material offering privacy but still allow the light to come through?
Silk fabric is always a luxurious choice but will rot if exposed to sunlight…always interline and line silk curtains or blinds.

Is the window draughty?  Heavy weight curtain or blind fabrics help reduce draughts.  Lighter weight materials may still be used but it would be advisable to line and interline them.

What is the style of the room?  Country home or contemporary? Consider patterns and colour.Location

  • Curtains or Maybe Blinds?

A heavy cotton fabric will hold it’s shape beautifully in a roman blind, whereas a lightweight fabric will appear more floppy and potentially lose shape over time.

If the material has a pattern consider how it will look on the finished item e.g. if the pattern is large, will you see enough of it in your chosen window dressing?

Far more fabric is required for making curtains, than roman blinds.

  • Measure


Always measure your windows with a metal rule. Measure once, write down the amounts, then measure again to be sure. Always check the width of the fabric you are going to buy as these can vary greatly.

  • Take a closer look at the fabric sample

Before you buy your curtain fabric or blind fabric, it is always best to order a fabric sample.  This allow you to see and feel the material before you make a decision to buy.

If you are buying curtain fabric or blind fabric, hold your fabric sample up to the light in the position you would like it to be. For all soft furnishing fabrics place the fabric sample next to any other colours and patterns that will be used in the room.

At Denmay Fabrics London’s curtain maker, you may buy linen fabric, natural silk fabric and different types of cotton fabric and  we offer expert advice if required.  Why not take a look?

All of our soft furnishing fabrics can be made into beautiful hand sewn curtains, blinds, cushions or most other soft furnishings of your choice.