FAQ

Can you give me your best price?


My best price is available by contacting us via this website or email Karen at vintageswish@hotmail.co.uk

If you contact us through ebay we will list your item onto the ebay selling system and our prices will need to reflect the 11% selling fees.

If you decide to contact us directly you can of course still pay for your bespoke made curtains via paypal and be protected by paypal.

What are your terms and conditions?

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Why are large bay window curtains so expensive?

It can be a bit of surprise how much large curtains can cost.  Large curtains can use several metres of fabric.  For example a pair of curtains made from 2.5 x widths of fabric will measure around 135" (343cm) wide and for a drop of 100" will use around 14 metres of fabric.  Even the lowest cost fabrics are likely to cost at least £7 per metre so that that 14 x £7 = £98 before we start adding the cost of lining, heading tape and labour.  

However our prices are generally lower than other companies as we are only a small company with just a few overheads and we purchase our fabrics in bulk to ensure we obtain the best price and best quality fabrics.  I would also add that we do not use fabrics that would retail at £7 per metre - all our fabrics would normally retail for between £15 and £30 per metre.  

Remember that your curtains should last for a very long time and you will probably see them every day so its worth ensuring that you love them. 

How do I measure for my curtains?

If possible please can you provide your measurements to me in inches.

Width - Please measure the width of the track or pole, from from final to final.

Length - If you have a track or know where the track will be fitted, please measure from the top of the track to where you would like the curtain hem to fall.

If you have a pole please measure from the bottom of the decorative ring to where you would like the curtain hem to fall.

- If you would like pooling 4-8 inches is the recommend amount (however we can do any amount you would like).

Decide where your curtains will end.

Sill length = Curtains should finish 1.25cm (1/2") above the sill to prevent wear to hems

Below sill = Curtains should finish 15cm (6") below the sill to block out light and draughts

Floor length = Curtain should finish 1.25cm (1/2") above the floor to prevent wear to hem

If there is a radiator below your window we recommend that your curtain sits 3cm (1 ½ ") above the top of it so heat can escape into your room and not rise up behind your curtains.

What do you mean by gather?

Every single pair of curtains, regardless of heading style, should have a certain amount of 'gather'.  If a curtain had no 'gather' it would be a completely flat piece of fabric stretched across the window when curtains are closed.  

The minimum gather recommended is 1.5 x pole or track with

Mid gather is 1.75 x pole or track width

Normal Gather 2 x pole or track width (this the amount of gather that is generally recommended but you can get away with less, particularly when using bonded interlining).

2.5 x or more is a heavy gather.

What do you mean by widths? 1 width, 1.5 x width, 2 x width, 2.5 x width, 3 x width, 3.5 x width?

When you start to look into purchasing curtains you will start to hear about curtain widths. When you take fabric from a roll of fabric that is one width of fabric.  If you join together two single widths of fabric you will have a 2 x width curtain.  For example most 90" x 90" curtains found in ready made curtains are made using 2 x widths of fabric joined in the middle.  We can also use half of a width of fabric from the roll and this is when we start to talk about half of a width.

For very large bay windows often 2 x widths will not be big enough and we will need to use another half width or another full width of fabric to ensure they are big enough.

If you look at curtains that you currently have you will be able to see how many joins there are in the curtains and if they are full or half widths.  This might help you if you would like to keep the gather the same and would like us to make replacement curtains.

What is pencil pleat?

Pencil pleat is the most common type of heading, the type that are normally used for ready made curtains.  This is the most versatile heading as curtains can be gathered more or less to fit a different window should you move house.

Pencil Pleat

What is pinch pleat?

This heading is where the fabric pleat is pinched into two or three smaller, equal pleats, sewn together at the bottom edge of the header.  When the pleat is made using three pleats it may be refered to as french pleats. These curtains are less versatile as they are made to fit a specific track or pole and may not fit another window.

Pinch Pleat

Should I have pencil or pinch curtains?

If you like how pinch pleat curtains look (many people do) they can add an elegant more formal look to a room, however if budget is an issue then its best to steer away from pinch pleat curtains as they generally use more fabric (to achieve the pleats), involve more work and will undoubtedly cost more than pencil pleat.

How do I measure for roman blinds?

If they are recessed, you will need to measure the width at the top of the window and then the bottom of the window. If the widths differ at any of these points we will need the smaller size.

We will make adjustments to the sizes to allow for the fittings.

For the length, you should measure the window at both sides and also the middle. Again, if the length differs across these three points we will need the shortest length. You must also be sure that the Blind won't interfere with the opening and closing of the window and that the openers won't be in the way of the Blind operating properly.

If the Blind is to go straight onto the wall then we will require the finished size of the Blind. ( We will not need to make any adjustments to fit) If there is a baton up you can measure this to get the width.  If not, then you should measure the width of the opening plus however much you would like the Blind to go beyond the opening.

For the length you can measure from the top of the baton to where you want the Blind to finish.  Or ,measure approximately 3 - 4 " above the recess, to where you wants the Blind to finish if there is no Baton.

If you have a Bay window we will need to know the window measurements and if its curved or square? We need to know this as square bays need more adjustment to the measurements than curved. If you need any visual help you could Google " How to measure for Roman Blinds" and this should help you.

What type of track do you use for roman blinds


We use a Jones Interiors cassette roman blind kit.  

The roman blind rail is a completely enclosed system with a side winder mechanism that makes raising and lowering the blind simple. It is highly recommended for wider blinds, as its gearing mechanism takes the effort out of raising the blind, due to its smooth operation.

The strong aluminium head rail with hook tape secured in place to fix your blind to, and the discrete supports mean you can fix anywhere along the length of the headrail to get the best fixings in your wall.