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  • Double width - or room height?

    It is quite common for European fabrics to be larger than the more standard 137-140cm across. Some are described as double width and others as room height, but they are both really good for making curtains and blinds without seams. Before you buy this type of fabric, you need to understand the difference.

    A double width fabric is 270-280cm wide, and you calculate the total length that you need for the job in hand (but you will need approximately half as much). This is the total amount you need to buy.

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    A room height fabric is 270-280cm high (drop), and you need to calculate the width you need for the job be it one blind, or two curtains.

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    If your window needs a drop longer than 270-280cm then you will not be able to use a room height fabric, or you will have to add a contrast border to extend the length of the curtain.


    In either case, if the pattern on the fabric allows, you can railroad it (turn through 90 degrees) to use the longest side of the fabric on the longest side of your window treatment.
    Louise


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