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LINUM´s curtain guide; part 1

What length of curtains should I buy? How do I adjust them to my window? What are pin hooks and how do I attach them for perfect pleats? You may have all kinds of questions when you come to buy these popular soft furnishings. But help is at hand! Benefit from our long-standing experience and expertise in curtaining products. In this first part of our curtain guide we discuss the selection of colours and materials.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOUR

Start your curtain planning by choosing the colour. The shade of the fabric may appear different depending on the intensity of daylighting, so your perception of a curtain colour may change when you see it in your own setting, away from the shop. Make sure that you have the right to return your purchase so you can check that your colour choice works in your own interior. If in doubt, one good tip is to buy two variant shades, and then return the one you don’t want.

LET IN OR BLOCK OUT LIGHT

The texture or density of the fabric is also a factor. Consider whether you want curtains to block out all daylight or filter in some to your taste. Bear in mind that some heavy-weight fabrics also have a noise-dampening effect, which may be appreciated in a minimalist interior with noticeable acoustics.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LENGTH

Give some careful thought to the length of your curtains. But first you need to decide what type of hanging fixture you want from among all the options available on the market. Whatever you go for, your choice will affect the length. If, say, you opt for a rail fixed to the ceiling, you’ll need the full ceiling-to-floor length for your curtains. Curtains that just skim above the floor are the ultimate aim, but it can be tricky to get them exactly the right length. If in doubt, it’s best to go for a length that is just a few centimetres longer than needed, so you can adjust them to length afterwards.

Surplus length, floor-trailing drapery gives a romantic and soft impression. However, bear in mind that floors, and hence your curtain hems, will tend to attract dust.

Read the second part of our curtain guide here.
Read the third part of our curtain guide here.