When you make up sheers as a ‘window treatment’ you end up with a great solution for letting light in and keeping prying eyes out.
A tip: Remember you will have your sheers visible all day. Choose your fabric wisely and also think about Double Width Sheers which are an effective way of reducing the making up cost of sheers whilst also reducing the number of joins simply because the fabric can be much wider (280cm).
Double width sheers will make trickier drops easier to make and will look great.
If you want sheer samples and are a design professional please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Double Width Linen Sheers are an effective way of reducing the making up cost of sheers whilst also reducing the number of joins.
We were recently asked if we stock “Sheer linen fabric with a 180cm width”. We have several double width sheers even wider than this (up to 280 cm).
KOTHEA was recently asked “Do sheer fabrics have a double rub test?”
The Martindale rub test (covered extensively, elsewhere on this site) is an abrasion test. Essentially is mimics sofas being sat on a lot.
Any fabric can be put through the test procedure.
Sheer fabrics are used for curtains and blinds.
So the answer is “No”. Only because sheer fabrics are not used on sofas.
For sheer fabrics or for contract curtains then the most important test is for flame retardancy/flammability.
Fabrics are typically woven in 130/140cm widths.
KOTHEA was recently asked if we have wider fabrics available that are suitable for window treatments ie sheers and curtain material.
We have handwoven linens that can be up to 180cm wide in 15 designs and many colours as well as the ability to produce custom colours for specific schemes. (Minimum orders apply of between 5-10m). We also have standard handwoven linen ranges in 150cm widths.
When considering sheers for window treatments it is often worth bearing in mind that there are many double-wdth sheers available from many suppliers including, of course, ourselves. Double width sheers are worth special consideration as they offer:
1. Cheaper make up costs as there can be less work involved in using a wider fabric;
2. The ability to improve the overall aesthetic look – as there are fewer seams; and
3. The ability to be railroaded (ie made up with the pattern going the ‘other’ or the ‘wrong’ way. A width of 300cm or thereabouts is often sufficient for many drops (lengths) and this can eliminate the need for any seams.
Some of the best ideas are often the simplest.
Click the fabric company name for their web site:
Abbot and Boyd 020 7351 9985
Altfield 020 7351 5893
Alton Brooke 020 7376 7008
Borderline 020 7823 3567
Brian Yates 01524 35035
Brunswig 020 7351 5797
Bruno Triplet 020 7823 9990
Chase Erwin 020 8875 7441
Colefax 020 7244 7427
Colony Fabrics 020 7351 3232
Donghia 020 7823 3456
Gainsborough Silk 01787 372081
Henry Bertrand 020 7349 1477
Jab 020 7349 9323
Jane Churchill 020 7244 7427
Jrobertscott 020 7376 4705
KOTHEA 0870 285 4768
Kravet 020 7795 0110
Lee Jofa 020 7823 3455
Lelievre 020 7352 4798
Manuel Canovas 020 8877 6400
Nobilis 020 7351 7878
Pierre Frey 0207 376 55 99
Robert Allen 01494 474741
Sacho Hesslein 020 7352 6168
Silk Gallery 020 7351 1790
Turnell and Gigon 020 7259 7280
Watts Westminster 020 7376 4486
Zimmer and Rhode 020 7351 7115
Zoffany 08708 300 350
Many of these fabric companies sell a wide range of products including: chenille, contract fabric, faux / fake leather, mohair velvet, linen velvet, cotton velvet, wool, hand woven products, natural silk, cashmere and damask for upholstery, curtains and cushions.
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