Buying Childrens Curtains
If you’re decorating your child’s bedroom and are thinking of buying some ready made childrens curtains, here are a few tips on how to measure the window and on types of curtain headings and lining.
Childrens Curtains, Heading
The type of heading your childrens curtains have will impact on their style. Tab top or eyelet top curtains give a more modern feel to the room, but may not cut out as much light as pencil pleat curtains, where the fabric is denser and is also solid up to the top of the curtain.
Tab Top Curtains
These are hung on the curtain pole by pieces of fabric that fold round the pole and button to the front top of your childrens curtains. These are a nice option, if you have a stylish curtain pole that you want to show off, or if you want something that is easy to hang and to wash.
Just like tab top curtains, these allow you to make the most of your curtain pole as more of it will be in view. The curtains hang by round holes across the top. You will need to hang the curtains by sliding the pole through these holes, before you put up the curtain rail, which can be a bit more tricky to do, but the effect looks great. The eyelets tend to vary in diameter depending on the weight of your curtains and the material they are made from.
Pencil Pleat curtains
This style is the most traditional style of curtain, with tightly folded pleats at the top, in a pencil shape. Most ready made childrens curtains of this type come with the header tape already sewn in. You will need to buy curtain hooks to feed through the header tape and hook onto the curtain rings in order to hang your pencil pleat curtains, but hanging them is easy. Pencil pleat curtains have added fullness built in because of this gathering and so they can block out more light.
Kids Curtains, Lining
Buying ready made curtains without lining is often cheaper, however you might want to consider spending a few more pounds on curtains with lining, because they are better for keeping out the cold and should save more on heating bills than the cost of the curtain in the long run – as well as helping the environment. Many new Parents invest in blackout curtains to help their baby learn when its night time and time to sleep. However, older children may benefit from a lighter lining, so that its easier to wake up in time for School!
Kids Curtains, Care
Childrens ready made curtains are usually machine wash, hand wash or dry clean only. Opting for easy care curtains is helpful for childrens bedrooms as they are more likely to get sticky finger prints etc on them.
Tip: Always spin on a low speed and then hang them to dry, so that the creases drop out.
How To Measure For Curtains
Correctly measuring your windows for curtains is really important as the wrong size curtains can affect how much light comes in during the day (because of how far apart the curtains can be drawn) and at night (light can creep over the top of the curtains if they are too close to the window frame).
Tip: use a metal measuring tape as this is more likely to give you accurate measurements.
The first thing to remember is to measure your childrens curtains from the curtain pole and not the window frame, to make sure that no light creeps in round the top of the window. This should be 15cm or more above the top of your window, to stop any light coming in. Measure from the bottom of one of the rings, so that you can see your pole, as per the picture above, or measure from the middle of the header tape if you have a curtain pole that you want to hide.
- Above sill length: If you are buying curtains for a kitchen or living room that are above sill, then finish the length measurement 1cm above the window sill to avoid them brushing it and causing wear and tear.
- Below sill length: As with the top of the curtains, you will need to measure 15cm below the window sill, to avoid any light coming in.
- Floor length: Measure to 1cm above the floor to avoid them brushing it and causing wear and tear or the pick up of dirt.
As a rule of thumb, measure 15-20cm wide of each side of the window, to allow space for the curtains to be pulled back during the day. Pencil pleat curtains have some gathering in them, so make sure that you are looking at the width of the curtains when drawn, not the width of the fabric used to make them.
We hope this has been useful, and if you are after more inspiration why not contact us if you have any questions, or take a look at our wide range of children’s fabrics. Or take a look at our Pinterest board for more gorgeousness!