Curtain Buying Guide

Curtains Information

General Information

Hanging

  • Full instructions on how to hang your curtains are on the leaflet included with your product.
  • Please ensure that curtains do not hang too close to windows or radiators, where both excessive moisture from condensation or excessive heat and dryness can have quite severe effects in terms of dimensional variation and soiling. Condensation can result in the discolouration of the curtains, which could eventually lead to fabric deterioration.

Care

  • It is important that curtains are vacuumed regularly with an upholstery nozzle whilst in situ at the window. This will prevent dust and general household soiling from building up and gradually becoming embedded in the fabric.
  • When the curtains require cleaning, all removable hooks and other metal or plastic fittings should be removed and retained. This includes the foam inserts in the heading of Goblet Curtains. Drawstrings should be loosened in order to flatten gathered headings, but not removed. We recommend that matching items be cleaned together.
  • We recommend that all curtains be Dry Cleaned according to the label sewn in the product. As you proceed through your order, this information will also be displayed on your selected fabric.
  • Always allow for 3% shrinkage upon the first Dry Clean.
  • Remove all spills immediately using a clean damp cloth. Do not rub or soak the fabric but dab gently. Treat from the back of the cloth if possible.

Fabric Design

  • Laura Ashley Made to Measure Curtains are always cut on the same design at the top. Therefore, in a pair of curtains the left and right curtains will have the same part of the design at the top and bottom. If you order two pairs of curtains of identical size, in the same fabric, position of the design will be identical in both pairs. Should you order two or more pairs of a different length in the same fabric, the design will be the same at the top but will differ at the bottom.
  • Where a product has more than one width of fabric, on the seams where they join, the fabric design will be matched.
  • However, at the edges of the curtains the design cannot fully match when the curtains are closed. This is because part of the design is lost in the curtain facings, and other methods on certain products.

Design Alignment

  • Natural fabrics do not always have perfect alignment of the design straight across the width, but our manufacturing techniques guarantee that Laura Ashley fabrics do not go off line by more than 3%. (I.e. 4cms on a 140cm wide fabric.)

Movement of Fabric in Situ

  • Due to variations in atmospheric conditions such as humidity and temperature, there may be a possibility of shrinkage or relaxation of curtains whilst in situ at the window. It is important that the temperature and humidity of the surrounding environment should be controlled in order to prevent the movement.
  • As such conditions are beyond the control of Laura Ashley, we are unable to accept any responsibility for the movement of curtains when hung. However, we do ensure that adequate hems will have been allowed during the making of your curtains to allow alterations, should this be required. The cost of these alterations remains the responsibility of the customer.

Measuring for Curtains and Pelmets

How to Measure for Curtains

  • Install your track or pole before taking your measurements. Measure the track or pole, not the window itself.
  • If using a track to hang Double or Triple Pleat Curtains, maximum depth is 3.5cms. (Top of track to bottom of glider).
  • Always use a metal tape measure as a cloth or plastic tape may stretch.
  • Double-check all measurements.
  • Measurements must be in full centimetres. Where your measurement falls in between two whole centimetres, always round down to the nearest centimetre (e.g. for a measurement of 100.5cm, record 100cm).
  • The track or pole should extend beyond the window at either side, to allow room for the curtains to be drawn back off the window.

Width

  • For poles: measure the width between the decorative finials.
  • For tracks: measure the width from end to end.
  • If the track overlaps in the middle you must include the overlap.
  • To optimise the light from your window we recommend your pole extends approx. 30cm either side of the window for goblet and tab-headed curtains.

Drop

  • For poles: measure from the underside of the curtain ring to allow the pole to be seen above the curtains.
  • For eyelet curtains: measure from the top of the pole and add 4cm.
  • For tab-headed curtains: measure from the top of the pole. To minimise light exposure we recommend you position your pole a minimum of 15cm above the top of the window.
  • For tracks: measure from the top of track to allow it to be hidden by the curtains.
  • Measure from the correct point to:
    • 1cm above the sill for sill length;
    • the desired length for below-sill length;
    • 1cm above the floor for full length.

How to Measure for Pelmets

  • A pelmet track fitted with gliders to take curtain hooks is required to hang Pencil Pleat, Double Pleat & Triple Pleat pelmets. This is in addition to the curtain track.
  • A pelmet track fitted with Velcro© is required to hang Flat & Box Pleat pelmets. This is in addition to the curtain track.
  • Install your track before taking your measurements. Measure the track, not the window itself.
  • If using a track to hang Double or Triple Pleat Pelmets, maximum depth is 3.5cms. (Top of track to bottom of glider).
  • Always use a metal tape measure as a cloth or plastic tape may stretch.
  • Double-check all measurements.
  • Measurements must be in full centimetres. Where your measurement falls in between two whole centimetres, always round down to the nearest centimetre (eg, for a measurement of 100.5cm, record 100cm).

Width

  • For pelmet width, measure the distance between the wall and the front of the pelmet track (a), along the front length (b), and back to the wall (c), then add together.

Drop

  • For tracks: measure from the top of track to allow it to be hidden by the pelmet.
  • As a guide, to determine the pelmet length, divide the curtain length by six (e.g. length of curtains ordered 240cm, recommended pelmet length 40cm).

Curtain and Pelmet Linings

Curtain Lining Information

Standard Lining

  • Laura Ashley Made to Measure Curtains are available lined, to protect main fabric from fading by sunlight and improve product drape.
  • Lining is 100% cotton sateen, and is available in a choice of colours:
  • White, Cream or Oatmeal.
  • If you are not sure which colour to choose, a colour will be recommended for the fabric you have chosen as you proceed through your order.

Interlining

  • All curtains are available with Interlining, (instead of standard lining as above), at an additional cost.
  • Interlining is 100% cotton sateen lining fabric, with an extra layer of 100% polyester non-woven interlining laminated to the reverse. Interlining is available in a choice of colours: White, Cream or Oatmeal.
  • Interlining increases the bulk of your curtains and their thermal properties.
  • Interlining is not available in conjunction with Thermal Blackout Lining.

Thermal Blackout Lining

  • All curtains are available with Thermal Blackout Lining, (instead of standard lining as above), at an additional cost.
  • Thermal Blackout lining is a 50% cotton/50% polyester fabric with a 3-pass blackout coating, and is available in a choice of colours: White or Cream.
  • Thermal Blackout lining greatly reduces light coming from outside penetrating the room, so is excellent for children's rooms. However, although light cannot penetrate the lining, light can come into the room around the top and sides of the curtains.
  • This can be improved by using a roller blind fitted inside the window recess, in conjunction with the curtains.
  • All Thermal Blackout lined curtains must be Sensitive Dry Cleaned.

Pelmet Lining Information

Standard Lining

  • Laura Ashley Made to Measure Pelmets are available lined, to protect main fabric from fading by sunlight and improve product drape.
  • Lining is 100% cotton sateen, and is available in a choice of colours:
  • White, Cream or Oatmeal.
  • If you are not sure which colour to choose, a colour will be recommended for the fabric you have chosen as you proceed through your order.

Interlining

  • The Flat Pelmet only is available with Interlining, (instead of standard lining as above), at an additional cost.
  • Interlining is 100% cotton sateen lining fabric, with an extra layer of 100% polyester wadding laminated to the reverse. Interlining is available in a choice of colours: White, Cream or Oatmeal.
  • Interlining increases the bulk of your pelmet.

Curtains - Pencil Pleat

Our most popular pleated heading style.

Max. track or pole width to order = 515cms per pair, max length = 366cms.

  • Heading – Pencil pleated curtains have a 7.5cm wide heading tape with three rows of woven pockets that allows for adjustment in height when hung. The heading tape is set at the top of the curtain. The heading tape has three draw cords running the length of the tape. The cords are pulled up to create the pencil pleat effect. The cords should be knotted at both ends before gathering the tape. A more softly gathered look will be achieved if the cords are pulled less. Once the curtain has been drawn up to the required width, the cords should be knotted again close to the edge of the curtain to keep the pleats in place. The ends of the heading tape have been left open to enable the cords to be neatly hidden away. The cords should never be cut, as it is necessary to untie them and flatten out the gathers for cleaning.
  • Hooks – Curtain hooks are not supplied. Curtain hooks are inserted into the pockets on the heading tape to attach the curtain to the track or pole. To hang pencil pleat curtains from a pole, hooks are normally inserted into the top row of pockets. To hang from a track, hooks are usually inserted into the middle row of pockets.

Pencil Pleat Curtain Trims

  • Leading Edge border
  • Leading Edge border with piping
  • Leading & Trailing edge border
  • Leading & Trailling edge border with piping

Only Pencil Pleat Curtains without a trim are currently available to order online. To place an order for Pencil Pleat Curtains with a trim please call 0871 230 2301 or visit your local store.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Curtains - Deep Pencil Pleat

Our deeper pleated version of our popular pencil pleat heading style.

Max. track or pole width to order = 515cms per pair, max length = 366cms.

  • Heading – Deep Pencil Pleated curtains have a 15cm wide heading tape with four rows of woven pockets that allows for adjustment in height when hung. The heading tape is set at the top of the curtain. The heading tape has four drawcords running the length of the tape. The cords are pulled up to create the deep pencil pleat effect. The cords should be knotted at both ends before gathering the tape. A more softly gathered look will be achieved if the cords are pulled less. Once the curtain has been drawn up to the required width, the cords should be knotted again close to the edge of the curtain to keep the pleats in place. The ends of the heading tape have been left open to enable the cords to be neatly hidden away. The cords should never be cut, as it is necessary to untie them and flatten out the gathers for cleaning.
  • Hooks – Curtain hooks are not supplied. Curtain hooks are inserted into the pockets on the heading tape to attach the curtain to the track or pole. To hang deep pencil pleat curtains from a pole, hooks are normally inserted into the top row of pockets. To hang from a track, hooks are usually inserted into the second row of pockets.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Deep Pleat Curtain Trims

  • Leading Edge border
  • Leading & Trailing Edge Border
    • Border – The appliqué border is 8cms wide. Fabric for leading edge borders can be chosen from a range of selected plain coloured fabrics.
    • Border Position – The border can be attached either to the leading edges of a pair of curtains, this means the two edges that hang to the centre of the window and are drawn together when closing the pair of curtains (i.e. one border on each single curtain) or to the leading and trailing edges of a pair of curtains, this means the two edges that hang to the centre of the window and those that hang to the outside of the window (i.e. two borders on each single curtain)
    • Important Information - Beware of using light coloured fabrics for borders, as main fabric may show through. If you would like to check two fabrics together, please use our swatch service.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Curtains - Double pleat

A decorative and more formal heading style.

Max. track or pole width to order = 556cms per pair, max. length = 366cms.

  • Heading – Double pleated curtains have a strip of stiffener sewn into the heading, which is pleated and secured at the base to create the double pleat effect. The pleats are 10cms long from the top of the curtain to the base of the pleat. Pleats are spaced at intervals and will be consistent within a pair of curtains.
  • Hooks – These curtains are supplied with plastic hooks attached to ratchet sliders, which are sewn into the reverse of each pleat. The height of the hook is adjustable on the ratchet to enable the hanging height of the curtains to be varied.
  • Fabric – Please be aware that certain fabric patterns, which have wide contrasting stripes or motifs across the width, have one drawback when used on a double pleated curtain. Since the process by which pleat spaces are calculated is standard, it cannot be guaranteed where each motif or stripe will fall on a finished curtain.
  • Important Information – Seams on pleated products may appear within the pleat or the space between the pleats. Position of pleats and seams cannot be specified. If using a track to hang this product, maximum depth is 3.5cms (top of track to bottom of glider).

Double Pleat Curtain Options

  • Leading Edge Border
  • Leading & Trailing Edge Border
    • Border – The appliqué border is 20cms wide. Fabric for leading edge borders can be chosen from a range of selected plain coloured fabrics.
    • Border Position – The border can be attached either to the leading edges of a pair of curtains, this means the two edges that hang to the centre of the window and are drawn together when closing the pair of curtains (i.e. one border on each single curtain) or to the leading and trailing edges of a pair of curtains, this means the two edges that hang to the centre of the window and those that hang to the outside of the window (i.e. two borders on each single curtain)
    • Important Information - Beware of using light coloured fabrics for borders, as main fabric may show through. If you would like to check two fabrics together, please use our swatch service.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Curtains - Triple Pleat

A decorative and more formal heading style.

Max. track or pole width to order = 472cms per pair, max length = 366cms.

  • Heading – Triple pleated curtains have a strip of stiffener sewn into the heading, which is pleated and secured at the base to create the triple pleat effect. The pleats are 10cms long from the top of the curtain to the base of the pleat. Pleats are spaced at intervals and will be consistent within a pair of curtains.
  • Hooks – These curtains are supplied with plastic hooks attached to ratchet sliders, which are sewn into the reverse of each pleat. The height of the hook is adjustable on the ratchet to enable the hanging height of the curtains to be varied.
  • Fabric – Please be aware that certain fabric patterns, which have wide contrasting stripes or motifs across the width, have one drawback when used on a triple pleated curtain. Since the process by which pleat spaces are calculated is standard, it cannot be guaranteed where each motif or stripe will fall on a finished curtain.
  • Important Information – Seams on pleated products may appear within the pleat or the space between the pleats. Position of pleats and seams cannot be specified. If using a track to hang this product, maximum depth is 3.5cms (top of track to bottom of glider).

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Curtains - Goblet

A decorative and more formal heading style.

Max. pole width to order = 472cms per pair, max length = 366cms.

  • Heading – Goblet pleated curtains have a strip of stiffener sewn into the heading, which is pleated and secured at the base to create the goblet effect. The goblets are 10cms long from the top of the curtain to the base of the pleat. Goblets are spaced at intervals and will be consistent within a pair of curtains. Each goblet pleat is filled with a piece of tubular foam to give the pleat its goblet shape. These foam tubes should be kept in place when the curtain is hanging, but removed for cleaning.
  • Hooks – These curtains are supplied with plastic hooks attached to ratchet sliders, which are sewn into the reverse of each goblet. The height of the hook is adjustable on the ratchet to enable the hanging height of the curtains to be varied.
  • Fabric – Please be aware that certain fabric patterns, which have wide contrasting stripes or motifs across the width, have one drawback when used in a Goblet pleated curtain. Since the process by which pleat spaces are calculated is standard, it cannot be guaranteed where each motif or stripe will fall on a finished curtain.
  • Important Information – Seams on pleated products may appear within the pleat or the space between the pleats. Position of pleats and seams cannot be specified. Pole needs to extend at least 30cms either side of the window, due to the widths of the goblets.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Curtains - Tab Top

A contemporary heading style suitable for use with curtain poles only.

Max pole width to order = 610cms per pair, max length = 366cms.

  • Heading – Tab headed curtains are hung from a pole by evenly spaced fabric tabs. The first and last tabs on each curtain are positioned at the edges of the curtain.
  • Tabs – The tabs are 5cms wide and 10cms long. They are random cut, unless in a check or striped fabric, in which case tabs will be cut from the darkest shade wherever possible. Tabs are made from the same fabric as the curtain.
  • Important Information – Pole needs to extend at least 30cms either side of window, due to width of tabs. Pole needs to be fitted at least 15cms above the window, due to length of tabs.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Curtains - Eyelet

A contemporary style suitable for use with a curtain pole.

Max. pole width to order = 515cms per pair, max length = 366cms.

  • Heading – Eyelet headed curtains have a strip of lightweight stiffener sewn into the heading to provide support for the eyelets and to give the top edge a clean line.
  • Eyelets – Each curtain has an even number of eyelets regularly spaced across the width. The spaces between the edges of the first/last eyelet and the edge of the curtain are half of that of subsequent eyelets. The distance between the inner edge at the top of the eyelet and the top edge of the curtain is 4cms. Eyelets are available in a choice of colours and sizes. Internal diameter of eyelets available are: 2.5cm, 4.0cm, 5.0cm, 6.6cm.
  • Hanging – The curtain is threaded onto a suitable pole, concertina fashion, with the edges of the curtain facing the wall. This ensures lining is not visible when curtains are hanging. The even eyelet spacing gives equal folds of fabric in front and behind the pole, which means this style does not take up much space on the pole.
  • Important Information - A 4cm clearance is required above the pole for the curtain to move freely.
    2.5cm eyelets are suitable for poles up to 1.9cm diameter.
    4.0cm eyelets are suitable for poles up to 2.8cm diameter.
    5.0cm eyelets are suitable for poles up to 3.5cm diameter.
    6.6cm eyelets are suitable for poles up to 4.5cm diameter.

Eyelet Headed Curtain options

Top Border

  • Border - The appliqué border is 10cms deep when the 2.5cm eyelets are chosen, 12cms deep for the 4.0cm eyelets, 13cms deep for the 5.0cm eyelets and 15cms deep for the 6.6cm eyelets. Fabric for top edge border can be chosen from a range of selected plain coloured fabrics.
  • Border Position - The border is positioned horizontally across the top of the curtain with the eyelets centrally positioned within.
  • Important Information - Beware of using light coloured fabrics for borders, as main fabric may show through. If you would like to check two fabrics together, please use our swatch service.

Bottom Border

  • Border – The depth of the border is approximately 1/5 of the total length of each curtain. Fabric for bottom border can be chosen from a range of selected plain coloured fabrics.
  • Border Position –The border is a contrasting horizontal panel of plain coloured fabraic, at the lower edge of each curtain.
  • Width Limitation – The width allowed in this style is limited to two widths per curtain (four widths per pair). Seams of curtain and border will align.
  • Important Information - Border fabric should be of a similar weight to the main fabric. If you would like to check the weight or colour of the two fabrics together, please use our swatch service.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.

Curtains - Cartridge Pleat

A smart and contemporary heading style.

Max. Pole width to order = 472cms per pair, max length = 366cms.

    • Heading – Cartridge pleated curtains have a strip of stiffener sewn into the heading, from which pleats of 10cm depth are formed. Each pleat is then opened out and filled with a piece of tubular foam to give the heading is ‘Cartridge’ pleat appearance.
    • These foam tubes should be kept in place when the curtain is hanging, but removed for cleaning and retained.
    • Cartridge pleats are spaced at intervals and will be consistent within a pair of curtains.
    • Hooks – These curtains are supplied with plastic hooks attached to ratchet sliders, which are sewn into the reverse of each pleat. The height of the hook is adjustable on the ratchet to enable the hanging height of the curtains to be varied. However, we recommend the hooks remain at the top of the ratchets, as delivered, so that the Cartridges and the fabric between can concertina and hang neatly under the pole, particularly in the daytime when drawn back from the window.
    • Fabric – Please be aware that certain fabric patterns, which have wide contrasting stripes or motifs across the width, have one drawback when used in a Cartridge pleated curtain. Since the process by which pleat spaces are calculated is standard, it cannot be guaranteed where each motif or stripe will fall on a finished curtain.
    • Important Information – Seams on pleated products may appear within the pleat or the space between the pleats. Position of pleats and seams cannot be specified. Pole needs to extend at least 30cms either side of the window, due to the widths of the pleats.

Full instruction leaflets are enclosed with all curtains.



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