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What is…a Drop on Curtains and Net Curtains

When we’re talking about curtains the word ‘drop’ means the total length of the curtain from top to bottom.

Your curtains hang on a pole or track either inside or outside the window reveal; that is, inside the window recess or across the front, leaving a bigger gap between window and curtains. You usually decide which based on the size and design of your windows and the clearance around them.

How to work out the drop

The drop is the exact finished length of the curtain, but where this should be measured from depends on the type of curtain heading. If you are replacing a set of curtains and having the same heading, you can just measure the length of the existing curtains. Otherwise you will have to measure from your existing track or pole. If your track or pole is not yet up you can estimate the length, but a final measurement will be needed once it is in place. There are more details on our instructions on how to measure for curtains.

What else is a drop?

Confusingly, we also use the word in another way when talking about curtain-making. We often refer to the number of ‘drops’ used to make a curtain. This means the number of widths of fabric used, with the width referring to one full width of fabric. A maker might refer to a pair of curtains with two drops per curtain, meaning four drops or fabric. This is important because he cost of making curtains is based on an amount per drop; if your curtains require 2 drops/widths in each curtain, your quote will be for the drop price x 4.

Net curtains

Net curtains usually hang on a curtain wire or a pole. They are made with a channel at the top for the wire or pole; for cafe nets this will be a series of holes. The net curtains and cafe nets we sell are ready to hang, with the channel already sewn in.

The drop is measured from just above the wire or pole to the window sill, or wherever you want the curtain to finish. Net curtains are usually hung close against the window within the reveal and finish just above the window sill in order to give privacy. Our Net curtains are available a range of standard drops; choose the nearest drop available that is smaller than your measurement to buy. If this is too small, try a larger drop and cut it down, creating a new channel at the top. Our makers can do this for you if required.

You can learn more about how to measure and choose net curtains here; our range of net curtains and curtain fabrics are for sale online:

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What is… A Curtain Heading?

The curtain heading you choose for your curtains are just as important as the fabric for the finished look of your curtains. For our bespoke curtains we offer a range of different choices for curtain headings, so that you can get the combination of fabric and heading that is perfect for your home.

Pencil Pleat Curtain Heading

Pencil pleat curtains are the classic curtain header style, giving a polished finish that suits almost every type of home. Pencil pleat header tape with several rows of gathering strings is sewn onto the back of the material and the strings are pulled to gather the curtains for a perfect fit. The amount of gather can be adjusted quite a lot depending on the size of the window – our bespoke curtains are make to fit your windows perfectly, but because you can adjust the fullness very easily, pencil pleat curtains can be easily moved between windows. and adjusted to fit.

When we make pencil pleat curtains, the fullness can vary from 1.5 fullness to 3 times fullness, depending on the amount of fabric you would like on your window, and also depending on your budget. You can also choose from different depths of header tape from 1″ up to 6″, which again gives the option of many different finishes for these versatile curtains; they also work equally well on a curtain pole or a track.

Eyelet Curtain Heading

Eyelet curtains fit to a curtain pole only, as the header is constructed of eyelets or rings which are applied to the top of the curtain creating holes neatly finished with an eyelet ring. This can give a simpler, more contemporary finish to your windows which is perfect for some homes.

Eyelet curtains are threaded onto your curtain pole through the eyelet holes, meaning that the fabric will hang with a slight wave rather than a tight gather. The depth of the wave depends on the clearance between the curtains and your wall; our makers will take account of this and calculate the number of eyelets you’ll need for your window, so it’s important that we have all the measurements before we start.

This style produces a beautiful modern look, however these curtains can only be hung on curtain poles and not tracks. We now make up eyelet curtains with punched metal eyelets as standard, as these create a beautiful and robust curtain header, and are available in a range of finishes to complement your curtain fabric and decor.

Triple Pleat and Double Pleat Curtains

You may decide that double or triple pleat curtains are the right choice for you, especially if you live in a period property. Double or triple pleat curtains, also known as pinch pleat curtains, are a traditional curtain heading style which create a polished, tailored look ideal for more formal room settings.

Our bespoke double or triple pleat curtains are made in the traditional way, using buckram to stiffen the curtain header, and with each pleat sewn in. These curtains have a beautiful finish, and because the pleats are sewn in theyv have a structured, even gather, although this does mean they will be more difficult to move to a different-sized window in the future. They work well hung from a pole or on a traditional curtain track.

 

Wave Tape Curtain Heading

Wave tape curtains are a contemporary heading finish, created using a special header tape that is sewn to the top of the material. Wave tape is constructed in such a way that the strings can be pulled to create a simple wave gather, giving a finish that is similar to eyelet curtains without the holes. These create a sleek and modern finish to your window.

Tab Top Curtains

We are occasionally asked to make tab top curtains, which hang from a pole by fabric loops, giving a soft, informal finish. For these curtains, the header is created from strips of fabric by our makers, and then sewn into fabric tabs at the top of the curtain. These are then threaded onto your curtain pole. Note that these curtains cannot be hung from a curtain track.