Discover some really important stuff about curtain fabrics you really need to know about before you commit your hard earned money.
Just following some basic rules will save you a lot of heartache and disappointment.
To start with there is no such thing as a perfect piece of drapery fabric!
If you study any piece of fabric hard enough you will find a flaw of some kind. Either in the weave of the fabric or the dye used. Even the way the fabric makes up in to curtains and hangs.
What you should be looking for is a good piece of fabric. One that has no obvious flaws or blemishes. No small holes or big problems with the weave of the fabric. Also no dye problems with printed pattern fabrics.
1. If you see some brand name fabrics online that are selling for a very low price. Then I would check with the seller that the fabric is being sold as "perfect". This is that it is not being sold cheap because it has been returned as faulty fabric by another customer. Just ask them before you commit to buy.
Often it can be cheap fabric because that design or color way has been discontinued. If that's the case, then grab a bargain.
2. Another big problem that rears its ugly head when buying fabrics online is the colour. Computer screen colour settings vary enormously. So don't rely on the exact shade of the color you see on your screen being the one you actually get.
If the colour shade is critical then contact the seller and ask them to send you a small sample. If this is an auction on ebay you may not have time to do this. However if the fabric is cheap enough and is being sold as "perfect". Then it can still be worth the risk bidding for it.
3. Related to the fabric colour again but in a different way is the colour match. This problem comes in to play if you are buying more than one piece of curtain fabric. You may see a seller especially on places such as ebay selling two or more pieces of the same fabric.
You need to ask if the pieces of fabric have come of the same roll of fabric. At the very least that they have come from the same dye batch at the manufacturers. The problem is that the colour shade from one dye batch to the next can differ considerably.
4. This problem should only arise if you are buying curtain fabrics from online auctions rather than online fabric retailers. That is if the fabric has been treated to make it fire retardant. Fabrics used in commercial premises have to be fire retardant by law. Surplus stocks find their way for resale over time.
You may think this is a bonus, and it can be if you need or want this feature. However be warned when treated this way curtain fabrics become a lot stiffer and don't drape nearly as well as untreated fabrics.
Finally if you are planning on making your own curtains or having someone make them for you. Then take a look at this article about curtain fabrics and made to measure curtains. You will find a few very useful tips about how much fabric you will need to buy. As well as other important stuff to think about before you start.
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