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Curtain? Blind? Seek and Ye Shall Find!

It is a question that many a homemaker has asked.  Should we have blinds, curtains or both?  Should we keep the theme the same through every room or change it from room to room?  Smart blinds for the study and luxurious curtains for the lounge?  What about the bedroom?  Blinds to block out the light on their own or with curtains that can be pulled over, that match the bedding?  Decisions decisions!  Well, in the event that you don’t have an interior designer, Fittexpert are here to help!

Window blind with dress curtain

Window blind with dress curtain

At Fittexpert have been helping our customers make decisions about their window dressings for many years.  Fashions come and go but one thing that you can be sure of is that Fittexpert have their finger on the pulse of current trends and can offer the very latest in window dressings and all the fixings that will make the best of every single window in your home.  From the smallest room to the largest, the style and superb finishing that Fittexpert offers will make your windows the classiest in the street.  Blinds or curtains, curtains or blinds, we will help you decide and install the perfect solution for you.

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It was Curtains for Egypt!

Before the advent of heating or air conditioning there was not always a choice between being warm and having light!  Originally curtains were used to define spaces, around four-poster beds for instance where they were also used for privacy.

Four poster bed

The earliest curtains were made from animal hides and were always placed over a doorway, secured with hooks although as they were rather stiff there was not drape as such.  The first curtains were made in linen and flax and spun in ancient Egypt.

While we might not be supplying curtains to the pharaohs anymore, at Fittexpert we treat all our customers like royalty.  Whether they live in a pyramid or a semi we will offer them the benefit of all our experience and top quality window dressing with an abundance of choice and everything from sumptuous curtains to innovative blind solutions to suit very home.

There is nothing ancient about the service that Fittexpert offers our customers.  We keep our eye on all the advances and trends in our industry so that we can pass this on to you offering the best choice and an attention to detail that would delight even the fussiest pharaoh!

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Silent Gliss Metroflat 6100 Curtain Tracks fitted in London

The Silent Gliss Metroflat 6100  is a Stylish Contemporary flat profile curtain track . Its hand operated and suitable for domestic or commercial applications.

Silent Gliss gliders run in a siliconised aluminium channel unhindered by brackets.

The curtains are acoustic – a requirement to reduce reverberant sound and draft.

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Silent Gliss Metro Flat 6100 fitted at the Mordern Pantry – London

Metroflat 6100 -(S)-London

Silent Gliss Metro Flat 6100 fitted at the Mordern Pantry – London

Metroflat 6100 -(S)-London...

The Mordern Pantry – London

 

 

 

 

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Client Feedback from Job in North London

Silent gliss track 3900 installed at 4.30m height in north London. A few days later, the client sent the feedback below. This is the standard I have set for myself and always aim to do better.

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curtain track fitted in torth London

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We struggled for weeks to find a professional curtain fitter for our very long curtains, a few came to our place but none of them could do it. Then we found Topps, my wife and i can only praise the quality of his work and his dedication. He’s a real gem. He came a first time to take the measurements and see which tools he would need and then he came to our house, and very efficiently set up our curtains (~4.5m long), he stayed until late in the evening to ensure that the job was perfectly done and that we were satisfied. We would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable, high quality curtain fitter.

Eric and Kzeniya O, London

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Cartridge Pleat Curtains Fitted to a Silent Gliss Track 3840

A silent gliss track 3840 and a  cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley, London.

Curtains: A smart and contemporary heading style. Cartridge pleated curtain are made at approximately 1.3 times fullness rather than 2 or 2.5 of more conventional headings. It’s basically a goblet pleat that hasn’t been folded and stitched in at the base. The cylinder runs seamlessly from the pleat into the main body of the curtains.

Track: The track is a slient gliss 3840, a specialist track for bespoke situations such as bay windows. Silent gliss curtain tracks are world renowned for quality and reliability and are used extensively in commercial and domestic projects.

Cartridge Pleat Curtains Fitted to a Silent Gliss Track 3840

Silent gliss track 3840 and a cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley

 

Silent gliss track 3840 and a  cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley

Silent gliss track 3840 and a cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley

Silent gliss track 3840 and a  cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley

Silent gliss track 3840 and a cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley

 

Silent gliss track 3840 and a  cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley

Silent gliss track 3840 and a cartridge pleat curtain fitted in North Finchley

 

 

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Ruched Curtain Heading and Pole Fitted in London

Ruched Curtain Heading and Pole Fitted in London

Ruched curtains are typically gathered or bunched on a pole. One of the stunning creations by Thefabricwarehouseltd. The curtain heading is sewn across the curtain fabric to make a channel and a curtain pole is inserted.  This finish is often used for curtains that are permanently fixed in place. Ruched headings are beautiful with light fabrics such as voiles and sheers.

Ruched Curtain Heading and Pole Fitted in London

Ruched Curtain Heading and Pole Fitted in London for Thefabricwarehouseltd

Ruched Curtain Heading and Pole Fitted in London

Ruched Curtain Heading and Pole Fitted in London for Thefabricwarehouseltd

Designed by Thefabricwarehouseltd – An Aladdins cave abundant with dressmaking fabric, furnishing, craft and curtain fabrics selected from across the world at very competitive prices.  Thefabricwarehouseltd

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Bay Window Track and Curtain Fitted in Hanwell

Bay Window Track and Curtain Fitted in Hanwell

Type of track fitted: Fineline bendable white metal curtain track. Great for bay and straight windows

Fineline is a lightweight, aluminium track that bends easily by hand to fit into and out of most bay windows. This highly versatile track can be mounted to the wall or ceiling as a single or double track option.

Curtain heading type: Pencil pleat

Pencil pleat is the traditional standard heading for curtains. A 7.5 cm (3″) tape is used with three hook positions.

Pencil pleat curtains work equally well on poles or tracks and by setting the heading tape down ensuring a good fit for any window area.

Pencil pleat curtain

Pencil pleat curtain

For tips on measuring for curtains please see the how to measure page

The right curtain track, correctly fitted, will make a big difference to the hang of your curtains and the whole look of your room.  Contact me to arrange a free measure and advice with no obligation.

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How to Measure for Curtains in Simple Steps

Curtains are a big investment, and so it’s important to make sure you get your measurements right.

To avoid mistakes, I would advise you install the curtain pole or track before measuring for the curtains.tape-measure

When measuring don’t assume that any windows are exactly the same size, even if they look like they are. Measure each one separately and always use an extendable metal tape measure for accurate measurements. Take all measurements at least twice.

For the best look and depending on space, your curtain track or pole should be positioned approximately 15cm (6”) higher than the window, and be wider than your window by 15-20cm (6-8”) either side.

Measuring for curtain width

If you’re using a curtain track, measure its full width.

curtain track measurements

If you’re using a corded curtain track, measure its full width including the overlap. This allows your curtains to overlap in the middle when closed.

corded track

For curtain poles measure the width of the pole only, do not include the finials (decorative pieces on the end).

curtain pole width

Use your curtain pole or track width to work out the width of your curtains. To achieve a soft gathered look when your curtains are closed, use the header type to make the following calculation:

  • Pencil pleat = pole or track width x 2
  • Eyelet = pole or track width x 1.5 or 2
  • Pinch pleat = pole or track width x 2.5

Measuring for curtain drop

If using a curtain track, measure from the top of the track to the required length.

curtain track

If using a curtain pole for pinch or pencil pleat curtains, measure from the small metal ring at the bottom of each curtain ring. This will prevent the pole or rings from being obscured by the curtain.

curtain pole drop

If using a curtain pole for tab top or eyelet curtains, measure from the very top of the curtain pole and 3cm

eyelet curtains measurement

 

Curtains lengths tend to be above the sill, below the sill or to the floor. The length that you choose depends upon the look you want to create plus other factors such as the positioning of radiators.

For curtains to the sill, measure to 1cm above the sill. This will ensure the curtain does not drag.

For curtains below the the sill measure 4″ to 8″ (10cm to 20cm) below the sill. However if you are choosing this length to avoid a radiator please adjust this measurement to allow the curtains to stop a couple of centimetres above the radiator.

For curtains to the floor, measure to 1cm above the floor. This will ensure the curtain doesn’t drag.

curtain-drop

Always measure in at least 3 positions across the track or pole as floors and sills are rarely level. Use the shortest of these 3 measurements to avoid the curtains dragging across the floor or sill, unless you want them to “puddle” on the floor. For curtains that puddle, add 6 inches to the measured length.

Need any further help or advice? Send me an email and I will be more than happy to help.

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