Choosing The Best Fabric For Your Curtains And Blinds

1. Think of the Location

Is the window being covered located in a sunny spot? Will the fabric of your curtains or blinds need to be thick in order to reduce the amount of light? Or are you looking for a more lightweight material that will provide privacy while still allowing ample sunlight into the room?

Silks are always a beautiful choice, however, this fabric rots with exposure to too much sunlight. You will need both interline and regular lining if you want silk blinds or curtains.

Does the window have a draught? Using a fabric with a heavy weight will help reduce the draught. If you prefer lightweight material, consider adding a lining to help make them better at insulating the room.

What style is the decor of the room? Does your home have a contemporary, classic, or country feel? Think carefully of what colour and pattern you want to use.

2. Choosing Fabric For Curtains Vs Blinds

If you plan on using the fabric on a Roman-style blind, you will need a heavier cotton fabric so it can hold its shape. A lightweight fabric is more flexible and can lose its shape as time goes on.

If you find a fabric you like and it has a pattern, picture how it would look once the curtain or blind is finished. For example, if it has a large pattern, will the whole thing be visible or will it be cut off awkwardly?

Curtains require much more fabric than Roman blinds.
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3. Remember Your Budget

If cost is a concern for you, look for inexpensive fabric types. You can always add a lining to help them feel more luxurious. Save the expensive fabric for smaller items that coordinate with your decor, such as throw pillows or cushions.

4. Indoor or Outdoor

If you are thinking about getting some blinds or zip screens for your patio you need to use a shade material that is hardy and resistant to rain, wind and sun – blocking out these elements is the main reason people get outdoor blinds in Sydney in the first place. Modern patio blinds have the ability for you to see out but have the added privacy of not being able to see in.

4. Measure Carefully

Always use a metal ruler to measure your windows accurately.

Measure the dimensions, write down the numbers, then measure it again to ensure everything is accurate.

Make sure you know how wide your fabric choice is, as it can vary.

You can use this link to find a helpful measuring guide for creating curtains or Roman blinds.

5. Always Examine A Sample Of The Fabric

Before you purchase a fabric for your curtains or blinds, it is a good idea to order a sample. This will let you touch and examine the fabric before you make a large purchase.

When buying fabric for blinds or curtains, hold the sample of the material up to the light in the window that it will be placed in. If you are coordinating the fabric to other items or furniture in the room, place the sample next to each item to see how well they go together.