How do I measure my window for curtains?
Measuring is easy! Follow our simple steps in the video below:
1) Before you begin, you will need:
- Metal measuring tape – this ensures you get the most accurate results
- Pen and paper – it is best to write down your measurements as you go
- Ideally a friend to hold the other end of the tape measure
2) Measure your track width
Measure the full width of your track – don’t measure any decorative ends.
If you don’t have a curtain track you will need to decide how wide the track should be. The track needs to pass the window on the sides you will be pulling the curtain back on – to make sure the curtains can be pulled off the window during the day. As a ballpark figure – you should add 15-20% of the window width, but this will also depend on how much space you have.
3) Measure your finished height
If you have a curtain track which you don’t want to see when your curtain is hung, measure from the top of the track to the point where you want your curtains to finish. If you want to see the track, start measuring from under the track.
If you don’t have a track yet – measure from where you wish to hang your track to where you wish your finished curtain to end – it is standard to hang your track 100mm above your window.
How long should my curtains be?
We recommend your curtains finish at the floor.
All curtains can easily be adjusted for height by a few centimetres by moving the hooks up and down within the heading tape.
What fabric brands do you stock?
We hold in stock a wide range of international fabric brands and are the exclusive stockist of Marimekko in New Zealand. We also hold in stock fabric from Orla Kiely, Warwick, Sunbrella, Alexander Henry, Hemptech, Spira and more. We can order most other brands on your behalf and offer quantity discounts. You can view fabrics here or visit other brands here. Simply get in touch to request pricing.
How much fabric do I need for curtains?
This can be a tricky thing to work out – especially when you are working with pattern repeats.
If you are working with your own local maker you need to have them calculate how much fabric is required, as different makers allow different amounts for hems and headers. We can give you pattern repeats for the fabrics you are considering.
What are the different curtain styles?
- Pencil Pleat
- Inverted Pleat
Please see this document for more photos and details of each style.
Should I have my curtains lined?
We always recommend lining your curtains. It's a great way to protect your fabric from the sun, add more fullness to your curtains and provides a uniform look from the outside of your home.
Thermal lining provides insulation, keeping your home warm in winter. Blackout linings have the benefits of thermal lining – but additional are great to block out any light – excellent for bedrooms and keeping rooms cooler in the summer.
Do you supply curtain tracks?
We have a range of different track styles and colours available - samples are available in our stores. Please contact us for further details.
How do I know whether to do curtains or blinds?
Blinds vs curtains is a matter of personal preference unless there is something in the room preventing one option. We are happy to advise on what might be the best option for your window – just email through a photo of your space to firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into our store.
Curtains are excellent for adding a soft, warm ambiance to a room and absorbing sound in a modern space. There are also a range of different header styles to choose from – so you can find the right style for your room.
Can I recycle my curtains with you?
Yes! We've teamed up with our local curtain bank and now accept donations. Help us support New Zealand families in need by dropping your old curtains in-store or couriering them to us at 23 Tanner St, Woolston, Christchurch 8023. Your old curtains will be re-sized and given to a family who are unable to afford them. Thank you for supporting this great cause!