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Curtains have a significant impact on the ‘feel’ of a space. They can range in style from minimalistic and modern to traditional and luxurious. 

Follow the steps below to create your own professional-looking curtains.

Download a Quote Request Form for Curtains (either excel or pdf). This handy worksheet has been created to make it easy for you to fill in as you progress through the steps below. Save it on your device or print it out.

When you've finished simply save, scan or take an image of it and attach it, or transfer the information on it, when you request a quote at the bottom of this page. 

Step 1. Give your window/s a name/ID for future reference.

Step 2. Choose your fabric here

    If you already have your own, I'm more than happy to work with your fabric. On the Quote Request Form simply state “own” in the fabric column and give the width of your fabric and the size of the pattern repeat (if any) in the area for notes at the bottom of the form (email me if you need help with the pattern repeat).    

    Step 3. Choose your lining option from one of the below:   (NB. if your fabric already has a thermal coated backing or if you simply don’t want a lining, state 'nil' or 'none' in the lining column).   


    The lightest weight lining but still enough to add extra insulation and fullness to your curtains. Will let daylight into the room.

    Ivory or White only

    From $10/m.


    For ultimate insulation and light reduction. Blockout thermal lining creates a darkened room but you can still expect light to reflect off the walls around the edges of curtains.

    Standard colour is ivory. From $12/m.

    Or if you're looking for a blockout lining with a range of colours have a look at Epic. $46/m (300cm wide) 

    Triple Weave Dimout

    Creates a room-darkening effect without being a total blockout. A luxurious full lining that hangs softly. The perfect solution if you don’t want thermal coated lining but still need light control.       

    Available in a variety of shades. View the range here   

    From $36/m (300cm wide)  

    Step 4. Do you want to add bumph interlining to your curtains?

    To create a luxurious look and feel, bumph can be added to any curtains made from light to medium weight solid fabric (ie. not sheer) to add extra insulation and structure to your curtains. 

    Bumph is a layer of interlining fabric that is sewn between the main front fabric and the lining of your curtains - think of it as a bit like a duvet inner (but not as thick).

    Bumph also adds 'body' and even more glamour to fabrics such as taffetas and silks.

     Step 5. Choose your pleating style from one of the below:

    Inverted Pleats – an ever-popular contemporary style that looks equally appealing in older homes as it does in newer ones.

    Limit Pleats – a soft, simple look similar to inverted pleats but with a ‘limit tape’ sewn on the back to stop the pleats from lying flat – they maintain a soft curved appearance when drawn across.  

    Wave – a beautiful style with simple, clean lines. Must be used with a Wave track only.

    Single Pleats – often referred to as ‘New York’ pleats. Suits thicker, heavier fabrics and areas where you don’t want too much fullness.

    Double Pleats – often referred to as Dutch Pleats or Twin Pleats - a timeless style that suits most fabrics and homes.

    French Pleats – otherwise known as Triple Pleats. For a touch of tradition and elegance. Suits most fabrics except very thick ones.

    Eyelets – very popular look but has some limitations: Maximum rod length is 3500mm. Curtains cannot move past brackets so curtains do not stack back to each side very far. Not as smooth to open and close as other curtain styles. Not recommended for sheer fabrics.

    Pencil Pleats – can be used for most fabrics but especially ideal for lighter, thinner ones or when you want to cut back the fullness – eg. under pelmets. Also suits sheers.

    Mini Pleats – a narrow, gathered pleat suitable for sheer or very lightweight fabrics only.

    Step 6. Decide whether you want a single curtain or a pair.

    Step 7. Download this measuring guide then measure your windows.

    NB. Please don’t give just your window measurements – I need the finished size of the blind as per this guide. If you have questions feel free to ask.

    A few measuring tips

    If there is minimal stacking space for curtains at the opening end of a sliding, stacker or bi-folding door, make one curtain for the entire door and stack it all back to the end that doesn't open.

    Fabrics with natural fibre content (eg. Cotton, linen, hemp) are prone to fluctuations in length due to changes in room temperature and humidity. To avoid your curtains becoming too short when they shrink in hot dry weather, measure to allow them to sit on the floor slightly (say 15-20mm).

    To increase the sense of space and height in a room make your curtains go all the way to the ceiling.

    Step 8. Save your completed Quote Form and attach it or use it as a reference when you request a quote below.

    Additional details

    Do you want to add borders/banding to your curtains? If yes, choose the fabric for the banding and the style from below. Include the details of what you'd like in the notes section at the bottom of the form.

    Single border along bottom edge (can be any size)

    Single border down the leading edge (can be any size)

    Single border along top edge (can be any size)

    Do you need a new track or rod? You can use your existing tracks/rods or you can choose from the selection available here

    Whichever option you choose, I'll contact you by email or phone to discuss the details of your tracks further if you decide to go ahead with my curtain quote.

    Do you need curtain holdbacks? Choose from the options here.

    For bay, curved and other special shaped windows or if you would simply like more help please email me.

    Got a question or special request? I'm happy to help!

    If you don't see the style you'd like in the options above please email me as most styles can be custom-made to your requirements.


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