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How to hang loop top curtains

You will need:

Curtain Pole & Wall Brackets

Secret Linen Store loop top curtains

These curtains are so easy to hang, they almost do it themselves.

Give your curtains a quick iron on a cool temperature before hanging. Lay your curtain (or both if they are going on the same pole) on the floor or bed, thread the loop over your curtain pole, place the pole back up on the brackets and let it hang. You might want to pop a steamer back over your curtains, but otherwse any unwanted creases should fall out over a couple of days. Sit down with a cuppa and admire your lovely new curtains.

How to hang pencil pleat curtains

We've made our pencil pleat curtains with a standard heading tape, stitched across the top. These standard tapes give your three options on what level to place your hooks. Each of the three options has a set of string to which you pop your hook around. Each curtain comes with three strings either side, these will be used to pull your pleats into place. 

You will need:

Curtain Pole & Wall Brackets

Curtain Hooks

Curtain Rings

Secret Linen Store pencil pleat blackout curtains

Here's a few steps for getting the perfect hang on your pencil pleat curtains.

Measure your window to work out which of the three levels you want to hang your hooks on (each one will change the height of your curtains). Working out how many curtain rings you have, distribute your curtain hooks across the curtains evenly. Make sure all three strings are securely tied at one end (you don't want to lose your string in your curtains, you'll never get them back!).

Pull at the strings on the other end of the curtains until you're happy they will pull nicely across half your window. Knot your string together with a knot that you know you'll be able to undo if you want to make them slightly wider or tighter. Attach each of your hooks to a curtain ring and tease onto your curtain pole. Carefully fix your pole back into the brackets. Step back with a hot cuppa tea and admire your lovely new curtains. Any creases will fall out in a week or so, or you could use a steamer if you have one to hand.

How to care for your curtains

The great thing about curtains is that they are super easy to care for and very rarely need washing.

Our loop top curtains can be ironed before hanging and can be removed and washed in the machine at 40 degrees as often as the mood strikes. We recommend hanging them on the line or as flat as possible to reduce creases. Easy Peasy.

Our blackout pencil pleat curtains need a little more care, so we always recommend taking them along to your local cleaner for a dry clean. They'll have them back to you in no time looking good as new. If you curtains come back with any creases, these should fall our in a couple of weeks, or a light steam will have them out in a jiffy.

How to measure for curtains

To measure for your curtains, you should already have your track or curtain pole up in its place. We think it's best when your track extends from the edge of the window by around 15 - 20cm (so you can draw them right back and let the light in). Your pole should sit at least 15cm above the window.

To measure what curtain width you need, measure the total length of your pole, if using a track and it overlaps, then make sure to measure the full length of both tracks.

To measure your curtain length will depend on where you want your curtains to fall, either to sill level, below sill level or full length.

For a curtain that falls at the sill measure from the top of your curtain pole or track to 1cm above the sill level. For a curtain that hangs just below your window sill, measure again from the top of your pole or track down to where you'd like the curtains to fall too. For curtains that are full length measure from the top of your pole or track to 1cm above the floor.

How to choose which curtain size

Our curtains come in two widths, either 168cm or 228cm. You select your curtain size depending on the width of your curtain pole. Our 168cm wide curtains are available in 3 different drops, 137cm, 183cm and 229cm.

Choose your drop depending on how low below the window sill you'd like your curtains to fall.

 Curtain Width (Pencil Pleat)Fits Curtain Pole Width
168cm 150 - 210cm
228cm 210 - 295cm


 Curtain Width (Loop Top)    Fits Curtain Pole Width
168cm 210 - 295cm
228cm 295 - 385cm


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