Curtains & blinds

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Curtains & blinds

Made by careful hands

You’ll probably be living with your curtains or blinds for years and years, which is why we put just as much thought, care and attention into stitching them as we did designing them.

In fact, we’ve teamed up with a family-run workshop in Gloucestershire, where they’ve been traditionally hand-stitching and hand-heading curtains and blinds for decades.

Seasonal fabric installation


50+ fabrics. Three styles, three types of header, and three poles to choose from. Not too full and duvet-like, but not too light and sheer either. Just pleasingly weighty, elegant curtains.

The style

You can pick one or two fabrics for the face of your curtains, and we can make them in three different ways. All three looks are pared-back and timeless, it’s entirely down to whatever you prefer. Go for a plain curtain if you’re after a completely clean and unfussy look. And opt for a border if you’d like to add in more texture or pick up on an accent colour in your room.

  • Crosshatch - Curtains Plain

    Where we use one fabric for the entire curtain.

  • Crosshatch - Curtains Vertical
    Vertical border

    Where the leading edge uses a contrasting fabric in a vertical strip of roughly 20cm.

  • Crosshatch - Curtains Horizontal
    Horizontal border

    Where the second fabric covers the bottom third of your curtains.

  • The heading

    Again, there are three ways we can make the heading of your curtains:

  • Crosshatch - Curtains Cartridge DETAIL

    Where we stitch the fabric into soft folds that stay in place whether the curtain’s open or closed.

  • Crosshatch - Curtains Double pleat DETAIL
    Double pleat

    Where we pinch the fabric together into groups of pleats. There are two pleats per group in this sty…

  • Crosshatch - Curtains Triple pleat DETAIL
    Triple pleat

    …and three in this one.

  • The hardware

    When it comes to what you’ll hang your curtains on, there are three types of rail to choose from. There’s ‘standard’ and ‘premium’; so-called not because standard is any less well-made, but because premium has more options. They’re both made from steel with a powder-coated finish in a choice of colours. The third option is our wooden collection.

    You can see the different finishes and finial styles, and learn about the differences between each type of pole, in store.

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    Roman blinds

    50+ fabrics. Three styles. And one smooth-gliding chain and cog mechanism.

    The style

    When it comes to blinds, you can’t go far wrong with Roman blinds. They’ll soften a room in a way that Venetian or slatted blinds can’t. And they’ll feel less utilitarian that roller blinds. They give you the best of both worlds – practicality and aesthetics. And, like our curtains, you can have the face fabric three ways.

    You can also combine vertical and horizontal borders, which can act to frame and make a feature of your window.

  • Crosshatch - Blinds Plain border

    Where we use one fabric for the entire blind.

  • Crosshatch - Blinds Vertical border
    Vertical border

    Where the left and right edges have a strip of a second fabric.

  • Crosshatch - Blinds Horizontal border
    Horizontal border

    Where the second fabric covers the bottom fold of your blinds.

  • Lining & interlining

    Most of the time, we make our curtains and blinds in three layers: face fabric, interlining and lining. We’ve found it’s the way to get a luxuriously heavy feeling.

    There are a couple of options for the interlining and lining though, that mean you can have extra-weighty curtains and blinds that block out all the light, or ones that are a little floatier (or something in between).


    The design process

    Explore your options

    Stop by and see us in-store where you’ll be able to see all our curtain styles and samples of our Roman blinds, as well as all your options when it comes to fabrics. You’ll sit down with one of our home specialists, who’ll guide you through every step of the way.

    Measure up

    Once you’ve decided on your design, let us know the dimensions of your window (or windows) and we’ll work out an estimated cost. There’s a measuring guide below.

    We’ll double-check your measurements

    If you’re happy with your quote, one of our fitters will visit your home to take millimetre-perfect measurements. They’ll also be able to see if you’ve got any awkward windows that need things like curved or recessed poles. There’s a £75 fee at this stage, but that’ll come off your curtain or blind order.

    Place your order

    After your fitter has visited, you’ll get an exact cost. If you’d like to go ahead, we’ll place your order, take full payment and start making.

    Making and fitting

    By now, you’ll know the craft process behind out curtains and Roman blinds, and that’s why they can take four–eight weeks from when you place your order. Once they’re ready, your installer will come back to your home at a time that suits you to fit them. This will take about two hours for curtains and one hour for blinds.