Custom Curtains Buying Guide

On this page, you will find all our tips on taking measurements for your custom curtain and choosing the style. In order for us to perfectly meet your expectations, we recommend you read this guide:


  1. CHOOSING THE STYLE
  2. MEASURING YOUR CURTAINS
  3. CHOOSING A FLOOR-LENGTH EFFECT
  4. CHOOSING ONE OR TWO CURTAINS TO COVER YOUR WINDOW


1. CHOOSING THE STYLE

The heading is the look of the top of your finished curtains. Choosing a heading style is key, as it will determine the overall look of your custom curtains. Below is all the information you need to make your decision.

Curtain headings to choose from

Eyelets

The eyelet style is the most contemporary look. It consists of metal rings (rust-resistant stainless steel) with an internal diameter of 4 cm. These are available in three very on-trend colours:

  • Gunmetal: Front / Back of curtain
Oeillet canon de fusil

  • Matte silver: Front / Back of curtain


  • Matte gold : Front / Back of curtain
Oeillet doré




Pencil Pleats

The pencil-pleat style uses heading tape (a strip of thick fabric) sewn onto the top of the curtains, allowing hooks (supplied) to be attached to a track. Moondream pencil pleat curtains are made with 7-cm-wide heading tape. As the heading is reinforced, it falls well and gives a high-end aesthetic. If you choose this style, you will receive your curtain pre-gathered, so the pleat will be as uniform and regular as possible across the whole curtain width. 

Galon fronceur


You do however have the option of modifying the pleat, by following our video tutorial:




Rod Pocket heading, ‘Blackout’ and ‘Outdoor’ use

This very practical style consists of a ‘pocket’ hem sewn across the top of the curtain, through which a pole is threaded. The pole is thus completely covered by the curtain. As the casing opening is 3 cm in diameter, that of your pole needs to be less than 3 cm.

Passe tringle

When installing your rod pocket-heading curtain, you can watch our tutorial video:

Choosing a track or pole

For a perfect result, where possible, we recommend having the track / pole extend 20 cm beyond your window on each side and attaching it at least 15 cm above your window. More generally, we also draw your attention to the weight of your custom-made curtain. In the case of long and/or wide curtains, sound insulation curtains and room dividers, the weight of a pair of these can exceed 10kg. It is thus important to take this into account when choosing a track or pole.

NB: Curtain tracks and poles are not supplied, nor are they sold on our website.

To choose the right track or pole, you first need to decide on a heading style:

For an eyelet heading

If you are fitting an eyelet curtain on a pole, the diameter of the pole must not be more than 3 cm. Make allowance for a 2.5-cm clearance between the top of the pole and your ceiling for the part of the fabric above the eyelet.

eyelets measure



For a pencil pleat heading

If you are fitting a pencil pleat curtain, you can use either a track or a pole with rings, as follows:

Galon tringle



For a rod pocket heading

When installing your rod pocket-heading curtain, you can watch our tutorial video:

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2. MEASURING YOUR CURTAINS

There are two steps when measuring for curtains:

  • Track / pole width (from left to right)
  • Height between the track / pole and the floor: this will be the height of your curtain (the drop)

Tip: Take the measurements of your already fitted track / pole.

The width you indicate on the website is the width of your track / pole. We then calculate the curtain’s dimensions according to the width of the track / pole, to achieve regular folds. Before hanging, your newly made curtain will appear wider than the width given when you placed your order. But once hung, and thus pleated, the curtain will exactly match the width of the track / pole and cover your window.

Track / pole width

To obtain the width, all you need to do is measure the width of your track / pole (not including any decorative ends, or finials). For a perfect result, where possible, we recommend having the track / pole extend approximately 20 cm beyond your window on each side.

curtains measure

The maximum width will be different for each heading style, for technical reasons:

  • Eyelet heading max. width: 300 cm
  • Pencil pleat heading max. width: 250 cm
  • Rod pocket heading max. width: 200 cm

We also draw your attention to the weight of the curtain, which can be very heavy beyond a certain width.

If you need a curtain wider than the maximum width (see above), you can just divide this width by two, and order two small curtains instead of one very large one.

For example: For a 400 cm-wide window (eyelet heading): you will need to order your curtain, giving 200 cm as the pole width and selecting 1 curtain (step: ‘Number of curtains for this window’). Once the product has been added to your basket, you can modify the order quantity (using the arrows). You will thus receive two identical curtains measuring around 200 cm, which add up to your final pole width of 400 cm. 

Curtain height

For an eyelet heading

  • Calculate the height between the top of the track / pole and the floor - FYI there is 2.5 cm between the top of the eyelet and the top of the curtain
  • We recommend allowing for a 5-cm clearance between the floor and the bottom of the curtain, for a ‘hover’ effect

For a pencil pleats heading

  • Calculate the height between the top of the track / pole and the floor
  • We recommend allowing for a 5-cm clearance between the floor and the bottom of the curtain, for a ‘hover’ effect

For a rod pocket heading

  • Calculate the height between the top of the track / pole and the floor
  • We recommend allowing for a 5-cm clearance between the floor and the bottom of the curtain, for a ‘hover’ effect

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3. CHOOSING A FLOOR-LENGTH EFFECT

If you decide on a floor-length curtain, you have two options:

  • A ‘brush’ effect, brushing the floor

  • A more modern ‘puddle’ effect
    For a more popular look, you can add 4 to 5 cm from the measured height. A curtain that ‘hovers’ above the floor will emphasise the room's ceiling height.

NB: Blind hem

For a perfect finish, the bottom hem of your curtain will be sewn with an invisible stitch, i.e. it will not be visible from the front.

Ourlet invisible Moondream

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4. CHOOSING ONE OR TWO CURTAINS TO COVER YOUR WINDOW

There are two options to choose from to cover the width of your window:

  • One curtain per track / pole

  • Two curtains per track / pole

As our curtains are heavy (particularly the sound insulation curtains), we recommend you choose two curtains (panels) to cover any windows over 150 cm.

NB: Stitching between widths

As the width of any fabric roll is limited, to make very wide curtains, we need to sew several widths together. For this reason, for curtains wider than around 140 cm, there may be some very discreet stitching. Don’t worry, it will be mostly hidden in the folds of the curtain.

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