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Curtain Fabric & Custom Curtains Brisbane

Installation design – fabric type for purpose

Having decided on a curtain for that opening, there are now practical design issues for the curtain installation to be considered. Going back to basics of traditional curtains will help sort out your thinking and help you make your decision on custom Brisbane curtains.

Why are you having a treatment on that opening? Answers could range from…


Double-layer installations

Sometimes a single layer of curtain fabric will not meet all your needs in a particular room. A double track installation of custom Brisbane curtains is made because it opens up more range of options.

Double layer curtain styles involve translucent curtains or sheer curtains in one of two ways. A single layer curtain is either open or closed. If daytime privacy is an issue, then a backdrop sheer fabric can be used on a rear track and a solid curtain, either translucent or blockout curtains are used on a front track to provide night time privacy as well as protection from the natural light if required.


Traditional curtain headings

Curtain headings are a style question, and as such have been very much influenced by the recent fashion movements in soft furnishings and interior home decoration.

The headings of traditional curtains like Pinch Pleat and Pencil Pleat tape have had to make room for the plainer, more tailored looks of Inverted Pleat and S-Fold (aka Ripplefold, Wavefold). And then we need to talk about the Tab Top and Eyelet headings of ready made curtains.

There are practical questions relating to these curtain heading choices that you need to take account of in the design of your custom curtains in Brisbane.

Double pinch pleat is the basic all-purpose professional curtain heading – fabric fullness in the curtain will be 2 to 2.25 times track width.


Contemporary curtain headings

The other curtain heading in vogue we called S-Fold when we started doing it 10 years ago. As the name implies the heading and the whole curtain form even concertina type folds when closed, as well as when stacked back.

To get those even folds down the full length of the made to measure curtains requires a generous fullness allowance however.

Our S-Fold custom Brisbane curtains are adaptable to our main decorator track options as well as Styleline under a pelmet or Styleline flat fix for ceiling mount installations to give a slim unobtrusive track.


Curtain linings – technical warning

And no customer of custom curtains in Brisbane can ever know too much about lining fabrics (only kidding!). But you should know when you are getting beautiful fabrics and the best quality in linings.

Custom curtains in Brisbane and most parts of Australia generally use curtain lining fabrics and are predominantly coated fabrics with a poly-cotton base cloth available in two colours, white and ivory.


Detachable, separate track or sewn-in linings?

Linings in Queensland, if they are not made on a separate track behind sheers, they are mostly sewn with a tape heading which allows them to be attached to the same hooks that are used for the custom made curtains to be lined. These are referred to as ‘detachable’ linings.


Curtain track hardware – technical warning

The installation hardware for custom made curtains can be a world of options in itself. Standard and quality curtain hardware - curtain tracks, are made and designed to be covered by the curtains heading and only on show when the curtain is open or retracted.

For not a lot of extra expense there are custom curtains in Brisbane that use rods in metallic or powdercoated colour or timber finishes designed to be a family home feature in themselves. The curtain hangs below the rod.

The very popular S Fold custom made curtains heading can only be installed this way, although it is frequently installed on a ceiling or bulkhead with a very slim profile unobtrusive type of track, or within a ceiling recess.

Likewise the readymade tab top and eyelet headed curtains have to be installed on a rod. And this mention of readymade window coverings brings up a familiar theme for you by now in this website: as well as style options there are important practical considerations to make sure you are doing the right thing with your custom Brisbane curtains.


Decorator rods & poles

The distinction to be aware of here is between decorator tracks and decorator rods/poles (in our terminology), the latter have rings which travel across the rod or pole with eyelets at the bottom of the ring for the curtain fabrics to hook into.

The common chain store packaged wooden pole treatment is 35-38mm diameter with matching wooden rings and two styles of finials.


‘Top treatments’

The alternatives to decorative tracks, as a finishing and framing option for the complete decorative window treatment are, in order of use today, pelmets, valances, swags.



Trimmings, or ‘passementerie’ to give the upmarket name, consist of cords, fringing, braids and tiebacks of which there is an enormous variety including ribbons, beads and pom-poms.

Andersons have a section of their decorator fabric library devoted to the various collections from these quality fabric manufacturers.

These items, against expectations, considering the minimalist vogue in window coverings and interior decoration, have enjoyed renewed interest, a small rebellion against unrelieved plainness in traditional curtains style.


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