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5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Buying Curtains

Curtains play a crucial role in enhancing the aesthetics of your home. They not only provide privacy and control light but also add character and style to your living spaces. Buying curtains can be difficult, and people often make mistakes that affect how their curtains and space look and work. In this blog, we will explore five common mistakes people make when purchasing curtains and most importantly, how to avoid them.


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Mistakes To Avoid When Buying Curtains


  1. Ignoring The Importance of Measurements:

One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying curtains is not taking accurate measurements. It’s like trying to buy a new pair of jeans without checking if they fit. You need to measure!

Whether you’re opting for made-to-measure curtains or ready-made ones, getting the measurements right is essential. Ill-fitting curtains are a big no-no as they can make your room look cramped or incomplete.

Measure your window accurately. This includes the length of the curtain rod and any extra width you want for a full and luxurious curtain look. This will help you avoid any issues.

For the length, decide whether you want floor-length or sill-length curtains. When in doubt, give us a ring or opt for made-to-measure curtains from Smiths Blinds.

 2. Neglecting The Fabric Choice:

Selecting the right fabric for your curtains is crucial to achieving the desired look and functionality. This is not one of those times when you can just close your eyes and pick one. Ignoring the fabric’s quality and characteristics can lead to dissatisfaction later on.

How to Avoid It: Get to know your curtains’ intended purpose. Heavy fabrics like velvet or blackout curtains are ideal for blocking out light and ensuring privacy. Lightweight fabrics, such as sheers, create an airy ambiance. Additionally, consider the room’s color scheme and the level of maintenance you’re willing to commit to.

 3. Settling for Low-Quality Curtains:

Who knew settling would be another mistake to avoid when buying curtains? Yes, we all want a deal. At first, choosing cheap curtains may seem like a good idea. However, in the future, it can end up costing you more. These curtains tend to wear out quickly, fade in the sun, and lose their appeal.

How to Avoid It: Invest in quality curtains, as they will last longer and maintain their appearance. You should consider purchasing custom curtains that tailor to your needs and offer superior quality compared to mass-produced alternatives.

 4. Neglecting Curtain Hardware:

Curtain hardware, including rods, finials, and tiebacks, can have a significant impact on the overall look of your curtains. It’s a mistake to overlook these details.

How to Avoid It: Choose hardware that matches your decor and the style of your curtains. For example, for a classic look, opt for decorative finials and rod styles. For a more contemporary feel, sleek and austere hardware works best.

 5. Ignoring the Cleaning and Maintenance Aspect:

Curtains need some love too, as regular cleaning helps to maintain their beauty and functionality. Ignoring this can lead to curtains that become dingy and unattractive!

How to Avoid It: Check the care instructions before you commit. If you dislike dry cleaning or challenging tasks, select machine-washable curtains that can withstand spills and pet fur. Easy maintenance can save you from future curtain drama.

Buying curtains is similar to finding the right partner; it requires time, effort, and care. To have a beautiful and practical home, avoid mistakes when buying curtains, whether you have shutters, blinds, or just curtains. Measure well, pick good fabric, focus on function, consider hardware, allow for shrinkage, buy quality, and remember to clean and maintain. Happy curtain shopping, and may your home be forever chic!