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~*~*~ Curtains ~*~*~
~ The in's and out's of hanging curtains ~
In order to hang curtains you will need something to hang them from, this can be a track, pole or even a wire. I buy curtain poles as I find these suit my needs.
Over the years I have changed my curtain poles when I see a nicer one to what I already have and have gone from wooden poles to more fancy metal poles, at the moment in my living room/dining room I have black poles which are slightly flecked with gold and on the ends is a lovely rose, they sound awful lol but I can assure you that they are really nice. I bought these from B&Q some time last year.
The poles are fixed onto a wooden batten above my window, there are two simple brackets that screw into the wood or the wall if you so wish and the pole then sits nicely on the bracket in the curved part, you then need to insert a small screw into the bracket which will hold the pole in place. This has been pretty much the way all of my metal poles have fitted.
Once the pole is set up you are ready to hang your curtains.
I tend to opt for tab top curtains or ring top curtains but if you choose pleated top curtains you will need to use rings and hooks.
With ring or tab top curtains you simply need to slot them onto the curtain pole. Remove the pole from the brackets and bring it down, then you simply slot the curtains on.
Of course there's the choosing of your curtains.
If you have a neutral coloured room then choosing coloured or patterned curtains can add a nice finish to the room.
I will just use Argos as guide for curtains as pretty much everyone will have some sort of access to Argos to see the curtains available!
Just scrolling through the curtains on the Argos website you will see they have plain curtains, coloured curtains and patterned curtains, they also come in a good range of sizes and are also decently priced.
Argos have bedding and curtain sets to match will make it an ideal way of co-ordinating the bedroom! Same goes for the living room as they sell throws and cushions to match the curtains!
So should you have a plain neutral creamy coloured room and you fancied adding a touch of red for instance you could choose a nice patterned red and cream curtain or plain red curtains and you will have instantly brought the colour into the room without the need of painting or decorating any walls. From the curtains you can then add accessories into the room which will provide a good quick way or updating a boring room!
In my living room I have blinds on the windows and then I have curtains co-ordinating with the colours in my living room. At the moment I have green curtains. My chimney breast walls are decorated in a black floral paper, the rest of the walls are white apart from the two back walls which are painted in a pale green paint.
On my landing window I have black and grey voile panels to co-ordinate with the black and white pictures and ornaments I have there.
In my two youngest boys bedroom I have added Toy Story curtains to match the Toy Story wall paper I have on their 'feature' wall, in my eldest boys room they have black curtains which match their decor well. In the recess of all my windows I have blinds and I think alone the rooms look cold but with the curtains it finishes the room of nicely.
The only rooms I don't have curtains is my kitchen and utility, bathroom and my bedroom as I have a velux window.
When it comes to choosing your curtains you can opt for expensive ones, specially made ones, cheap ones whatever takes your fancy really. I do think however it is important that curtains can be machine washed as just like everything else in the home, curtains can collect dust too.
I wash the curtains every other month.
When measuring up for your curtains you need to remember that you need more curtain width than the width of the window as you need to gather them when open and you also need to make sure they look good closed as well as open!
I don't close my living room curtains but should I ever need to they are plenty wide enough to still pleat even when closed.
These days there are so many options as to how you dress your windows, not only can you get fancy and plain curtains but you can also choose voile panels, these are a sheer curtain which let the light through whilst still providing some privacy. But like net curtains these are pretty much useless at providing privacy when the lights are on inside the home!
Lined curtains are good for keeping in the warmth and also providing privacy.
If you have a radiator under you window you may want to tuck the curtains behind the radiator in order for the heat to still come into the room.
I choose longer length curtains as I think they look nicer however if you prefer shorter curtains then thats fine too, it's all down to personal choice really.
~ Tie backs/hold backs ~
Gone are the days when curtains came with the tie backs now you are more likely to find them sold separately and due to this you may choose to buy different ones.
I bought beaded tie backs from Shaws the Drapers to go with my curtains, they cost me £3.95 each but I think they look really nice and they were available in a good range of colours too. I chose black and clear.
There's also the option of solid hold backs, these can be bought to match the curtain poles are do look really nice too. These hold backs screw into the wall and then stay in place, you can the hook the curtains behind them and pull them around to close the curtains. These are very effective and can make it all look more matching!
~ Overall ~
I like curtains, I think they can really dress a room and there are so many different types available. I expect I will be changing mine soon enough as I want to re-decorate again and change the colour scheme but I wouldn't ever go without curtains as my windows look bare then!
I don't like them in the bathroom as I fear they would end up damp and mouldy due to the steam and it's that reason that I don't like them in the kitchen either.
Over the years I have had many different curtains and I love the way that they can brighten up an otherwise boring room.
In a private rental where the rooms were all cream I added pretty curtains to brighten the house up as I wasn't planning on staying long as I didn't like the area but this prooved a cheap and effective way of doing things as when I moved I used the curtains again and decorated my rooms around them!
They are an ideal way of keeping in the warmth, they can make a room look nice and cosy and also add privacy.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Awful, awful, awful. I ordered three blinds back in March 2010. The blinds were supposed to take 2-3 weeks to arrive and be fitted. It is now May, I've continually chased Hillarys, every advisor I've spoken to has been completely rude and not apologetic at all. Two of the blinds were discontinued, but I was not informed. The advisor has not called me once, but sent me a text telling me to call customer services, which you'll then be on hold for for ages. I've tried to cancel the order, they won't let me. I am now £150 out of pocket. I don't know how this company is still trading they are horrendous and I would strongly advise people to steer well clear.
I had two blinds fitted by Hilarys. The first had a stain on it and took over two months to replace. The second, the installer fell whilst fitting, marked the wall, chipped both the sink and bath, and punctured the bath. The bathroom suite was brand new, finished only two months earlier. Hilarys would NOT make a visit to view damage. Sent two letters detailing damage caused by fitter, including photographs and copy of bill for repair. Hilarys ignored both, they accept no responsibility. I do not understand how a company can just walk away and ignore damaged caused by them. This company is only out to get your money, they are not interested in what they leave you with.
In total agreement with most of the comments above and really really wish I'd check this site out beforehand :(
Long story short - after two failed attempts (not coming when they said they would), the fitter came over, measured up and gave us a quote (already at 50% so they said). Quote was too high, I refused once, they brought the quote down. I refused again a week later and it came down further still, so agreed and they promptly took £450 off my card and I "thought" i was clever and had done some good negotiating....
I now realise that it's true, you get what you pay for in life.
The fitter promised the blinds would be fitted before Xmas. Ten days after my deposit was taken I rang up - only to be fobbed off and told to ring back in a few days. When I rang and only after really pushing matters, I found out that the material I had chosed didn't exist anymore (and the fitter should've told me in the first place!). I was livid, but because of cheap price, asked for the fitter to come back and show me his other samples.
Despite numerous calls, the fitter never returned my call and their customer services were worse than useless.
On Jan 6th I rang up and cancelled my order and demanded an immediate refund. It is now Jan 15th and I still don't have my money and the prats in customer service can't tell me where it is right now.
I have never in my life experiencing such shockingly bad customer service, I am livid and can't believe a company like this can still exist. A complete bunch of cowboys!
The blinds I have were ok for a year untill one of them broke. It took 3 weeks from the first call and I am still waiting. Apparently they forgot to come and pick it up. The repair takes minimum of 2 weeks and about 2 more weeks with delivery. My blinds are not under the guarantee anymore, so for this terrible service I have to pay as well. I think they should take care about their existing customers as much as about the new ones. And here I see I am not the firs one to have a bad experience with their customer service who really didn't know what they can do with my broken blind.
Hillarys Shutters - as a supplier to them myself I felt good about order from them. The order was placed early December - they banked the cheque late Jan. I lost my phone line for 1 week causing me a loss of business, other accounts were affected too. Their reaction it is my fault! Delivery promised later Jan - now March and hey I might get them in the next week - yipee - again not their problem as they kept me informed.
The fact that they don't care I will never use them or recommend them seems to me to be really absurd - never heard of customer retention or customer satisfaction or word of mouth - obviously now we know why they spend so heavily on advertising - no repeat business.
Any discounts originally received have been overwritten by my loss of monies and business. Hey don't worry apparently it's my problem too. When did the customer get to be ALWAYS WRONG
I recieved absolutely appalling service from Hillarys Blinds.
Not only did they make a mess of fitting the blinds, TWICE, taking 9 weeks before the blinds were fitted correctly. Then they forgot to invoice me. When I contacted them and requested an invoice, they got it completely wrong. After I contacted them twice more, they eventually sent me a correct invoice, then followed it 5 DAYS LATER with a threat of court action and credit blacklisting for none payment!
They have never apologised and have ignored three letters of complaint.
Possibly the worst company I have ever dealt with.
I got a call on the day saying they weren't coming round but they would try and get someone else round. 3 hours later I rang head office and was told he was double booked but he would be round next.3 hours after that I rang head office again and they now told me that noone was coming round at all, so basically they lied last time.I'll take my custom elsewhere.
In short I would never use them again. The local advisor got the measurements wrong, a front roller blind was manuafctured the wrong way, the Roman blinds in the conservatory looked like sacks, and were poorly installed. Touching each other, not level, mechanism sticking....
After months of haggle stopped short of sueing them when an 'employee' rather than self employed advisor remeasured and refitted new blinds. The result is better but the taste is bitter.
As I stood on my chair in our living room, drilling holes into the wall to hang the curtain rail – it crossed my mind how many times I had been through the same process in the 15 or so years since I bought my first house. Why not write something about – I thought as its something most of us will have to go through in our DIY lives – and share a few experiences. So here are a few jottings about poles and rails; followed by some pointers about putting them up. Curtain poles ------------------ I must admit I do like curtain poles. There is something classy to hanging your curtains on a nice bit of timber with those ornamental thingies on each end to stop the curtain hoops dropping off. For about £20, you get the curtain pole, approximately 3 wall brackets and a set of curtain rings. You should also be supplied with a set of screws – and raw plugs if lucky. After measuring up for the brackets, these are screwed into the wall, the curtain loops added and the pole pushed through all wall brackets. Screws are often provided to fasten the pole to each bracket. To cap it off, the ornamental thingies are added to each end. Unlike curtain rails, curtain poles do not have so many wall brackets. Usually there is one at either end and possibly one in the middle. I would highly recommend the middle bracket to preventing bowing. The only downside to curtain poles are they may not be that good for supporting heavy curtains. They also don’t come with the whizzier gadgets such drawstrings etc. Curtain rails ---------------- Although not as pretty as curtain pole, curtain rails are more versatile. They vary in simplicity from a basic rail, which is attached to a set of wall brackets, to the ‘deluxe’ version with a drawstring, which allows a set to be opened with the pull of the string. I’ve used both types and would recommend the simplistic v
ersion for bedroom curtains. A basic pack will cost you about £10 from any decent DIY store. Those with drawstrings will set you back about £25 or so. My preference is Swish though there must be plenty of good alternatives. Curtain rails are more versatile than poles in that they can be cut down to size with a hack saw. However, I certainly wouldn’t recommend this with those curtain rail containing drawstrings – despite what it says on the packet. Another tip I would pass on is not to attempt to switch the drawstring from one side to the other unless you have to. We did this with one Swish rail and struggled to put it back together. Another tip is to make sure you buy a rail where the rail clicks to the brackets and doesn’t use those white ‘keys’ which have to be turned 90 degrees to the right. Finally, buy a curtain rail where extra curtain loops can be added without the need for taking the rail down each time. Putting up curtain poles/rails -------------------------------------- Preparation is everything. If you rush into putting up your rail/pole, you may find that it doesn’t look straight, bows in the middle or (at worst) falls off the wall under the weight of the curtain. Read the instructions, which come with the pole/rail. Especially those which give distances between end of curtain rails and the first set of wall brackets. If you get the distance wrong, you may find that your rail may not click onto the bracket! If the wall where the curtain is going to hang contains a wooden plank – use it. We had these in our bedrooms in our previous house and this prompted us to buy and get into Swish curtain rails. You will probably find that the plank is only wide enough for a rail and not a pole. Beware of the RSJ (roof support joint). These can be found above windows. They are embedded within the wool and made of steel. They are also pretty impervious to all bu
t the best drill bits. Use your knuckle to tap up the wall until the tone deepens. This is where the RSJ is. If you drill into the area where the RSJ is and your bit cannot get into it, your raw plugs may not fit and you may get very frustrated. I try and give the RSJ a wide berth following the experiences in our last house. Mark out the line of the rail and check carefully with a spirit level. Measure out the centre of the rail/pole and each bracket and mark with a cross. If fitting a curtain rail with heavy curtain, fix more brackets to the wall to even out the weight. Get the depth of holes for raw plugs just right. If too deep, the raw plug will disappear into the hole and you may never see it again. If too short, it will poke out the end. In this case, you may be forced to cut the raw plug down to size. When screwing curtain rail brackets into the wall, check out the alignment with a spirit level before tightening the screw too much. Attach the curtain hooks to the pole/rail before affixing to the wall. Attach pole/rail to wall and check for firmness. Review the fixings after the curtains have been up for a number of weeks. Check for loose brackets or sagging poles/rails. And there you have it……
In hot weather I like to open the door into my garden and let the sunshine and fresh air filter through. The trouble is that flies, wasps, midgies and other flying insects take this as open invitation to come inside where its cooler. I was walking through our local Wilkinson's store today and a spotted a 'door blind'. It is many years since I have seen one of these in use and I remembered my grandmother using one. This is a plastic bar with strips of lightweight coloured plastic attached to it. You open your door and place the blind in the doorway and it acts like a curtain. The movement of the strips stops insects from trying to come in. There is no fitting required either because the ends of the bar have rubber cups on them. You just cut a little off if you need to. Then you can just push the rod in place when the door is open. This works very well and the plastic strips are so light that you can just walk through them. I haven't noticed any flying visitors today either! These blinds vary in price and I have seen them in 'posh shops' like 'Alternatives' for £12.99. However, they are only £1.99 in Wilkinson's and there really isn't any difference. It's worth trying one of these if you like to have you doors open. Its much better than having to use insecticide sprays in the house to kill wasps and other nasties. If you've ever had to chase a bad tempered wasp round the house with a rolled up newspaper you will know how annoying they can be. Incidentally, these thin plastic strips rustle in the breeze and make entertaining toys for cats and dogs!
I;ve had and used curtains and nets for years just like my mum,but I felt I wanted a change.I saw loads of adds for blinds free estimates as well so I thought we;ll give it a go. Boy was I glad I did.I live in a flat and I had 5 windows done.If I want to change the colour of my blinds I can just get the slats changed which works out cheaper than curtains.I live in the upstairs flat and share the garden with downstairs. Its a lovely garden and we all spend are spare time in it with friends either gardening or BBQs.The company who did my blinds have started manufactoring awnings so the landlord, me and the downstairs al chipped in for one it looks really great it only cost £550 but it will be well worth it.We could either have manual opening or eletric,we chose electric it cost a bit extra but hey.The blinds in the flat only took an hour to put up the awning took 3hrs because it was elec. The company who did them were so nice and helpful,no pushing or rushing.CHARMONY BLINDS AND AWNINGS OF MERSEYSIDE 0151 638 8991 they travel anywere.
I do not like net curtains very much. They are always fiddly, to put up and down, they often seem to catch on everything and often get snagged. Mor often than not they have very outdated styles and patterns on them, and they look untidy most of the time. But if you don't have them then people can see in and in rooms like bedrooms you lose a lot of privacy, But voiles are much nicer, slightly heavier and denser, they often seem to enchance the room if you mount them properly and they can easily be hung like a second pair of curtains so that they can be drawn back during the day if you want. Plus another tip, go to John Levis and buy their net curtain pole, it braces it self between the sides of the window soround and all you need to do to take it down is twist it and it will collapse. turning it over allows you to extend it and fit it easily again. No drilling, no fixing, no fuss.
We’ve just had our living room painted, it looks really nice and after buying all the ornaments and bit and pieces, we went over the budget. So, we were left to be inventive and creative shall I say when it came to the curtains. I would have probably ordered some from the catalogue or bought them from the high street. The window is a Bay window so quite big, we already have a new pole so that’s no problem. I want some light material so the room looks light, and they be quite nice. Since you look out there’s the back garden so it’s nice if to see a good view from a good decorated window. So, I went to our local Arndale where we have a material shop, I saw some velvet material which was really nice but that wouldn't give that much light, and then I found the perfect material, a cream colour, very light in weight as well. It cost £3.50 a meter which I was prepared to pay. All together with some discounts it cost me about £28. I was so excited but dare I trust myself with a sewing machine, I think not. My mum is great with machines and she’ll be able to make me some. But, we have to chose some designs. The best place to look is in a catalogue, we chose the design of the curtains and cut it out and took it to my Mum’s. Meanwhile, we got some really nice tie backs with gold hooks for £6, an absolute bargain they would have cost double that if the sale wasn’t on in our local Accessory store. My Mum knew that we were waiting for the curtains, so she did them straight away for us. They looked brilliant and I am not saying that because she’s my Mum but they did. And exactly like the one’s in the catalogues, except they were about £60 and these costs us half that price(Thanks Mum). I never imagined them to look so nice, I thought they would do for now and we’ll have to buy some more later on in the year. But these did look nice and complemented th
e room well. The tie backs gave it that extra little touch and finishing off. So, if like us you do go over the budget and need some curtain. Get yourself down to a curtain shop, make sure you take the measurements. I bought a little extra material just in case we needed some. But we didn’t. I am very happy with the curtains, it took less than a week and added the finishing touch to the living room.
Dreamy floaty curtains, reams of sunlight flooding through your room. This is what the advertisers promise with their idyllic photos, lit up by gigawatts of unseen floodlights. Nevertheless, hooked by the lure of the idyll promised, I determined to obtain such rooms, complete with curtains. The last thing you need during the kerfuffle of moving into a new place is the expense and hassle of making decisions for new curtains. One cheap and easy way I have discovered is as follows: ~~~ Netting Substitute ~~~ AGNES curtains from IKEA. I know that it's a terrible name, but they're really cheap. £3.50 for a pair, which are approximately 2 metres long by 1 metre wide each. Even better is the fact that they look really good. They have a very floaty transluscent look about them. I considered using voile, but not only is it more expensive, but put next to these curtains, they look really horrible and mass produced. The overall effect of these curtains is to give you the luxury of reams of material, the cost of which is usually prohibitive, but without being overly fussy or blocking out your natural light. ~~~ Privacy ~~~ Privacy at night is nice to have, as is the assurance that you will not be done for indecent exposure as you go about your daily life. Plain white sheets/tablecloths are a very cost efficient and effective way of providing this. Should you not be a dab hand at sewing, the sheets can be clipped up with strong clips such as bulldog clips or clothes pegs. I have found this a really quick, cheap and effective way of obtaining curtains. The overall effect is not at all makeshift, and has a very dreamy (but not fussy or frilly) and bright effect that finds favour with most.