Interiors with Susie: Curtain, Curtains, Curtains

The most important thing to remember when hanging curtains is to make sure once finished that the pole bracket on either side of the pole attaching the pole to the wall cannot be seen!
Eyelet Curtains
1.) Eyelet curtains are suitable for pole use only. The eyelet rings will fit with ease onto the curtain pole.
2.) Holding the curtain with the face of the fabric towards you, fold the first eyelet away from you and thread the eyelet onto the curtain pole.
3.) When you close the curtains, you should position the first eyelet on the outside edge of the pole bracket. This will secure the outside edge of the curtain at the end of the curtain pole.
4.) Fold the eyelets of the curtains towards and away from you in a concertina style until the entire curtain has been added to the pole. Repeat this process again with the second curtain.
3” Tape curtains:
Tape curtains are a traditional style of curtains that are suitable for use on a pole or track.
1.) Before you gather your curtains, securely knot together the draw cords at both ends of the heading tape.
2.) You now need to fix your curtains at the width they will be when they are closed. To do this take one end of the curtain, hold the tie cords firmly in one hand whilst gently pushing the curtain heading evenly along the cord. Draw the curtain to the required width.
3.) Check the width is correct by holding each curtain up at the pole or track.
Tip 1: Allow for a slight overlap in the middle (approx. 2.5 cm or 1 inch) so the curtains fully close.
4.) Once you are happy with the width, tie the surplus cord string at the outer edge of the curtain. Never cut the cord or tie it too tightly as you will need to undo your curtains before cleaning. Excess cord can then be tucked neatly behind the tape out of the way. Do this with both curtains.
5.) Inserting hooks. Divide the rings, or glider hooks evenly to each side of your pole or track. Insert the curtain hooks along the curtain header tape to correspond with the number of rings or glider hooks. Don’t forget to count the fixed end stop if you are using a track.

6.) Pencil pleat curtain tape has three rows for height setting.
For tracks: Insert the hooks into the lower rows so that the heading covers the track.
For poles: Insert the hooks into the top row of the pockets so that the curtain hangs below the pole.
7.) Next attach each hook to a glider or ring. Starting from the top gently bring the flat area between each pleat to sit neatly in folds.

Note: Always keep one ring/eyelet on the outside edge of the pole bracket

Note: Last ring/eyelet placed outside pole bracket

Tip 2 : Take the time to arrange the pleats of your curtains as this will help them hang beautifully.Don’t worry if your new curtains show crease marks; all curtains need time to settle and it may take a few weeks for any creasing to drop out, for the folds to fall correctly and for the lustre of the fabric to return. Pull the curtains back; the curtain fabric will naturally fall into pleats. Starting from the top gently smooth each of these pleats. Take a strip of fabric or ribbon and loosely tie it around each curtain to keep the pleats in place. Keep the curtains tied in this position for a minimum of 48 hours,this will allow your curtain to develop distinct and even pleats.If ironing/steaming is permitted you may press lightly using a cool iron on the reverse. This will allow your curtains to develop distinct and even pleats and they will be less likely to lose their shape in the future.

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