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The ultimate curtains buying guide

How to choose the perfect curtains for your home

Emily Booth one of the writers at Hillarys

by Emily Booth

In-home Advice Expert

Published: 28/02/2017

Updated: 14/02/2022

All our curtains are made-to-measure so will fit your window perfectly. Your advisor will talk to you about the best option for your particular window and of course you may have some personal preferences. In this handy guide, we'll take you through the different header types and their benefits plus specialist fabrics and linings to help you choose the right solution for your home.

Eyelet heading

Eyelet curtain headings are threaded on to a pole through metal rings, with the curtains hanging in deep, uniform folds from the top to the bottom. This heading type is very fashionable in modern homes.

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Pencil pleat heading

Pencil pleat curtain headings gather the fabric into semi-cylindrical rolls that resemble a line of pencils. The curtains will tumble freely to the floor. It’s a classic heading that goes with poles or tracks.

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Pinch pleat heading

Pinch pleat curtain headings draw together lots of fabric, which is gathered in bunches and stitched to create a highly decorative finish featuring elegant folds flowing to the floor. You can have pinch pleat headings with either a pole or a track.

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Wave heading

Wave curtain headings are perfect for an informal, relaxed feel. The curtain falls in soft, wave-like rippling folds allowing more of the fabric to be seen. Wave curtains are fitted to a slim track.  

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Think about curtain fullness

Different header types require different levels of fullness. Likewise, a thin sheer fabric may require more fabric – a greater fullness – than a thicker material to achieve a similar look.

At Hillarys, all our curtains are made-to-measure and our experts will take the measurements for you making sure the curtain fullness is right for the combination of header and fabric you choose.

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Choose how high to hang your curtains

To add to your room’s sense of height, have your curtains fixed several inches above the top of the window frame. You can also take into consideration if there is a radiator near the window which can mean altering the curtain length. You expert advisor will talk you through your options.

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Choose the right curtain lining

All of our curtains are lined as standard for a luxurious and full finish.

There’s also the option for a thermal curtain lining, which will help insulate the home; or a blackout curtain lining, which will help prevent outside light coming inside through the window. 

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Layer curtains with other window dressings

For added effect, you can layer other products with curtains at your window. This could be for aesthetic or practical reasons.

Layering different blinds with curtains is a great way to combine fabrics at a window to create a sense of depth by playing on textures and patterns. Or you might choose a blind to layer with curtains to increase the blackout effect or to enhance sound or heat insulation.


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Add light and bright Voile curtains

Another option is layering curtains with voiles. The combination of a light voile with a full curtain looks fantastic, adding a delicate touch to a window.

Voiles will also help stop prying eyes from seeing into your home during the day. However, they’ll need layering with curtains for privacy at night.


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Finish with stylish accessories

The finishing touches you choose are every bit as important as the fabric is to the end result. po you want a track or a pole? If it’s a pole, then what finial will look best in your home? What about tiebacks – are they needed? That might seem like only a few decisions – but there are lots of options.

An in-home appointment with a Hillarys advisor gives you an opportunity to go through them all with an expert and to get a true understanding of the end result.

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