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I live in a part-furnished rented flat. When I moved in, there were no curtains in the bedroom. I suffer from migraines, so need heavy curtains that block out most of the light. I did a LOT of internet research at outlets such as Argos and Dunelm (I'm on a budget!!) and found many of them just prohibitively expensive. :-(
I picked these up in purple on a trip to Ikea as they were cheap at only £30 and a a great, rich colour and have since been very, very impressed by them.
These curtains are 147cm wide by 300cm long. They were a little too long for my window, so I had to turn them up with a little wondaweb hemming tape. While the length was a problem for me, I think it would be great for many people, as long curtains are very expensive.
These curtains have a ring top, which means they are suitable for most curtain fittings. I managed to thread them onto my curtain track but they are VERY HEAVY so dragged my pole down a little!! Be very careful
The main reason I bought these curtains was because I needed a dark curtain to block out the light when I have migraines, I could not be more impressed. The fabric, while not strictly 'black out' is thick enough to keep most of the pesky light out and help me recover. If you like your room dark and cosy, these curtains are ideal.
For the price, these curtains are great. The downside is they don't come in different sizes, so if you are not confident in turning things up, they may not be for you.
On moving into our new house which badly needs decorating, one son requests a red bedroom - no problem, the other son decides that he would like a blue bedroom, no problem again, or so I thought. I had no idea how difficult it would be to find plain blue accessories so after fruitless searching in our home town we decided that we had no choice but to travel the sixty miles to IKEA, and it was worth the journey.
I must admit that I get quite scared when it comes to measuring and buying curtains as I do not do it that often and always forget the process, bit I felt quietly confident when I left IKEA with my dark blue Merete curtains in hand - it clearly stated the size of one curtain on the packaging and that there were two - a bit of maths and I knew that they would fit the window! Each panel is 145cm wide, and as with a lot of IKEA curtains, they are 300cm long which means that they will need adjusting unless you want floor to ceiling curtains or are covering a door.
I only needed a 160cm drop, so a lot of the curtain had to go as I did not want it covering the radiator, but cutting them down is an easy procedure that can be done easily without having to get the sewing machine out. Bring on the iron-on hemming tape that is included with your curtains. I love this stuff! The picture instructions tell you to fold the curtain in the desired place, iron to create a seam then put the tape inside, iron to melt and then cut the fabric - this would leave you with a raw edge on the inside of the panel, so I found it just as easy to cut the fabric, do a double hem then put in the tape and it looks a lot neater. The cotton fabric withholds a high temperature so you can achieve a really crisp line with no fear of melting or scorching. I ensured each panel was the same length by hanging them and putting a small chalk line on each curtain where they meet, easy as pie!
The curtains are designed to go on a pole and so have eight silver coloured metal eyelets of a sturdy construction on each panel, they slide along the pole smoothly and add a stylish look to the overall curtain. The curtains weigh 2.7kg so are made from heavy fabric which I really like; they hang nicely even when cut down and they only allow a small dappling of light through so they are perfect for a childs room or a light sleeper and there is no need to line them.
If you feel the need (and I rarely do to be honest!) the curtains can be washed in the machine at 60 degrees and they can be tumble tried but you are advised that there will be 4% shrinkage so you should take that into account if you are cutting them down.
I am really pleased with these curtains and my son loves them in his room. I think that they are very good quality and I especially like that they are made of 100% renewable cotton. The Merete curtains also come in purple and the more natural shades of brown, bleached and beige and so I will definitely be heading back to IKEA when we get round to decorating the rest of the house, especially as they are only £24.99 for the pair. As I have so much fabric to spare I will get busy on my machine and make some matching cushions which makes them even better value!