The first step to choosing new curtains is measuring up. This way, you can see if your windows are more suited to our ready-made curtains, or whether our made to measure in 7 days or made to measure services are a better fit.
Our step-by-step guide shows you how to take quick and accurate measurements, or if you opt for one of our made to measure services you can book our free in-home estimating service, where one of our experts will come to your home and measure your windows for you.
Made to measure in 7 days
- Have irregular size requirements or want to tailor your curtains, we can make your curtains to order in just 7 days, providing your chosen fabric is in stock.
Browse from a selection of over 500 designs, make your selection and Partners at Herbert Parkinson, our exclusive textile mill in Lancashire, will create high quality curtains, blinds, cushions and tie-backs to your measurements.
Made to measure
- Have very large windows or want a show-stopping window treatment or fabric, then choose our in-store made to measure service.
Simply visit your nearest shop and we'll custom design soft furnishings for your home. Our bespoke curtains are available in 3-6 weeks. If you need some help, our experts can support you with your project.
Find out more about our curtains and blinds services.
CHOOSE YOUR CURTAIN HEADING
Pencil pleat & deep pencil pleat
Folds gathered closely together to resemble a row of pencils laid side by side. If you would like to alter the fullness of your curtains to achieve a lower price; simply visit your local John Lewis & Partners or call 0345 610 0357 for an alternative quote.
Double & triple pinch pleat
Decorative curtain heading fitted to each window with permanent sewn-in pleats, for a luxurious, tailored look. If you would like to alter the fullness of your curtains to achieve a lower price; simply visit your local John Lewis & Partners or call 0345 610 0357 for an alternative quote.
Only suitable for use with curtain poles. Eyelets have a standard diameter of 40mm.
Wave (in store only)
A contemporary option, with a special track used to create wide, even folds.
CHOOSE YOUR LINING
Linings give a pair of curtains a better drape, while improving warmth and insulation within your home.
These linings are available as part of our made to measure 7-day service.
Our 100% cotton standard lining is exceptional value, with the quality and draping of a natural fabric.
Designed to block light and protect fabrics from fading in sunlight; keep in mind no blackout lining blocks out 100% of light.
Polycotton lining (in store only)
Our polyester and cotton blend fabric gives the look and feel of a standard lining, but at a lower price.
Thermal lining (in store only)
A heavier insulating lining, ideal for single glazed windows and suitable for use with most fabrics.
MEASURING FOR CURTAINS
Watch our guide to measuring up.
To ensure the best possible fit:
- Take time to measure your window carefully
- Decide whether you want your curtains to hang from a track or pole
- Fit the track or pole before taking measurements, it should be positioned 15cm (6 inches) above the window
and extend 15-20cm (6-8 inches) either side
Measure the total width of the track or pole (excluding the finials) – do not measure the window unless it is wall-to-wall.
Before measuring the length, decide whether you want your curtains to fall to the sill, below the sill or to the floor. We suggest that:
- Sill length curtains finish 1.25cm (1/2 inch) above the sill
- Curtains that fall below the sill finish 15cm (6 inches) below
- Floor length curtains finish 1.5cm (1/2 inch) from the floor (although you can create a romantic, Bohemian look by having them longer so that they actually trail on the floor)
Measuring curtains for tracks
Measure from the top of the track.
Measuring curtains for poles
Pencil pleat curtains: Measure from the eye – the small metal ring at the bottom of each curtain ring. This will prevent the pole or rings from being obscured by the curtain.
Tab top and eyelet curtains: Measure from the very top of the pole.
At-home estimating and fitting service
If you've decided you’d like made to measure 7-day or made to measure curtains and know what style and fabric you want, you can book a free appointment with us to visit your home so we can measure up accurately for you.
We can also quote for at-home fitting.
How to pay (interest free credit)
If you spend £1000 or more over on your furnishings when you buy in our shop, our payment plan allows you to spread the cost of your purchase (0% variable, subject to status, terms & conditions apply).
What are my delivery options?
Spend over £30 online and you can Click & collect your curtains free of charge.
We’ll deliver them for free when you spend over £50.
HANGING YOUR CURTAINS
Setting the width
Step 1. Measure the total length of the track or pole and divide by two to give the correct width for each curtain. If your curtains include part or half-widths, then position them at the outer edge of the window.
Step 2. Knot the three drawn cords on the inside curtain edge. Pull the three cords at the outside curtain edge at the same time and gather the curtain in even pleats to the desired width.
Step 3. Tie off the cord and wind any surplus cord on to the cord tidy provided. Do not cut the excess cord as you may need to let the pleats out to wash or dry clean your curtains.
Pencil pleat curtains
Step 1. For pencil pleat curtains, insert the heading tape hooks into the top row of pockets to hang the curtain below the pole or track. Insert the hooks into the lower row of pockets for the heading to cover the track.
Step 2. Insert a hook at each end of the tape, then at approximately 8cm intervals across the curtain.
Step 3. Check you have the same number of hooks on each curtain as gliders or rings on your pole or track. Don't forget to count the fixed end stop when counting the gliders on your track.
Pinch pleat curtains
Step 1. These are delivered in the correct width, with hooks already inserted and adjusted to the height ordered.
Step 2. Check the hook position. If the hook position needs to be adjusted, it can be done by moving the hook down the slider from notch to notch. To raise the hook, move it down to the bottom of the slider until it comes off, then re-insert the hook on to the top of the slider and move it down to the desired position
Step 3. Check the curtain against the track or pole: we include additional pin hooks to insert at the end of each curtain to suit the track or pole.
CARE OF YOUR CURTAINS
Your curtains can be dusted or vacuumed with the upholstery brush attachment.
Ready-made curtains can be returned if unsuitable,
but please ensure you don’t pull the headings and keep all packaging and parts.