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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: CUSTOM CURTAIN & BLIND MAKING

by Martha's Furnishing Fabrics

07 May 2020

Q: How do I get a quote?
A: Getting a custom curtain and blind making quote is easy! All you need to do is fill in our custom making forms, and one of our Customer Service team members will get back to you as soon as possible! You can find the custom curtain making form here and the form for custom blind making here.

Q: I'm not quite sure how to measure my windows properly, how do I go about this?
A: The most important measurements that we need are the the width of your existing track or window, and the length of your window, or how long you would like your curtain / blind to be once it is finished. We have great blog posts available with all the information on things you need to consider when you are measuring your windows, and you can find these here and here.

Q: What does it mean when you are asking for the "make to" width and height?
A: Great question! The "make to" measurements are often different from your window measurements, and will be the measurements we will use to make your curtains, so these are very important!

For curtains this means the width of your track, (or intended track) and the finished drop length of your curtain (including puddling if you would like some). We do not need the measurement of your curtain lying flat, and we will automatically add the required amount of fabric for hemming in our quotes.

For face fixed blinds, this means the finished width of your blind, and the finished length of your blind, including the height in which you would like it to sit above your window, and how far past the architrave you would like it to sit. We will automatically add the required amount of fabric for hemming in our quotes.

For top fixed blinds, this means the exact measurements of the inside of your window frame as the blind will sit inside of frame. We will automatically add the required amount of fabric for hemming in our quotes. 

Q: What are the different types of curtain headers that you offer?
A: We offer 5 different heading types. Pencil Pleat, Single Pleat, Inverted Pleat, French Pleat and Dutch Pleat. 

Q: What are the different types of linings that you offer and what are the differences between them?
A: We have a range of different linings available that are all great depending on your needs. They are:

Standard Polycotton Lining - A plain weave polyester/cotton blend, helps to protect your curtain fabric against the elements. Often used with fabric that requires added fullness and to improve the drape of the curtain. This does not block out any light but has some insulation and energy saving properties.

Thermal Lining - Features a single layer of Supersoft Suede coating and will produce a soft, filtered light for areas that do not require total light control. This lining blocks out 45% of light and has insulation and energy saving properties.

Blackout Thermal Lining - Great in bedrooms! Features multiple layers of Supersoft Suede coating and is essential when total light control is required. This lining blocks out 99% of light and has insulation, energy saving and sound reduction properties.

Our New Eco Lining Range - Has all the insulation benefits that you would expect of a quality lining plus the additional Eco-friendly features. It is a 100% polyester lining coated with an Eco-line coating making it free of:

  • PVC and plasticiser
  • Pb lead
  • Latex
  • Styrene
  • AZO regulated dyes

Our Eco lining is also available in a range of colours, so perfect for sheer curtaining and colour matching. Contact our customer service team for more information!

Q: What is Bumph, do you offer this and can I use it as a lining?
A: Bumph is a 100% cotton interlining with a similar texture and feel to flannelette, and is used as an extra layer in between your curtain fabric and chosen lining. It cannot be used as a lining on its own. 

Bumph is great to help provide an extra layer of insulation, which is particularly useful in colder parts of the country, and can also help to give your curtains a thicker and fuller looks, if that is what you are after!

We can make your custom curtains with a Bumph layer, but this does incur extra costs. 

Q: Do you offer a full measuring and installation service?

A:  Our service is a making service only. Unfortunately we do not offer a measuring and installation service, but we are more than happy to recommend a couple of wonderful curtain makers here in Auckland who will be able to provide this service for you, if you do require.