Frequently asked questions


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I bought some beautiful fabric last year with the intention of making it into roman blinds, but I am not sure how to go about it as my sewing skills are not quite up to scratch. Do you have any suggestions to make it easier?

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Roman blinds are a neat, stylish alternative way to curtains, and using a favourite fabric to make them yourself is an inexpensive way to update a room. Rufflette makes a Roman Blind Kit that should help you create the look you want quickly and easily.

The Roman Blind Kit comes with full, easy to follow instructions and everything you need to make the blinds. Rufflette Roman Blind Rods are sold separately, and give a neat, crisp fold to the finished blind.

Rufflette’s Roman Blind Kit is ideal for use with most fabrics except net and lace, so it should be suitable for the fabric you have in mind.

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I love the look of Tab Top curtains but they keep snagging on my pole when I try to move them. Is there any way I can make them run more smoothly?

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Yes. Attach Rufflette Tab Top Gliders to the inside of your tabs and your curtains will run smoothly over any kind of pole.

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My lounge looks out onto a main road, so I want to block out the view and keep some privacy. I don’t want net curtains as they are too old fashioned, but is there a stylish alternative that will still let the light through?

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Simple roman blinds are very fashionable at the moment, and sheer versions offer an excellent uncluttered replacement for net curtains. If you can’t find any you like, try making your own using Rufflette’s transparent Roman Blind Tape - designed to make the job easy.

The tape doesn’t show through sheer fabrics like voile, organza and muslin, and works best when used with Rufflette’s Translucent Roman Blind Rods. The rods can be easily removed for cleaning through slots that run along the length of the tape.

Rufflette’s new adjustable Roman Blind Header Rail makes the blinds easy to fit and give a more professional look. The header rail has a self locking pulley mechanism for easy raising and lowering of the blind and can be easily cut to size using a small hacksaw.

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Do you have a tape to produce cartridge pleats or double pinch pleats?

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Yes. Both these heading styles and triple pinch pleats can be achieved using our Deep Pleat heading tape with pleater hooks.

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I want to replace the curtains at my bedroom window with a neat blind, but am worried that this won’t black out the light as I am a very light sleeper. Can you suggest a solution?

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Blackout lining from Rufflette could be just what you need…

Opt for a lined blind from Rufflette’s East Meets West and Oriental Moods collections of natural woven wood Roman blinds. The blinds can be teamed with a handy blackout lining which will help you create privacy in your room and will also help you add a touch of warmth when it’s cold outside.

A blackout lining will also reduce the fading effect caused by sunlight meaning that your stylish blind will stay fresh for longer.

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What’s the difference between R40 and R5 hooks?

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Each Rufflette hook is made to fit the pocket of a Rufflette tape exactly. The R40 has been specifically designed to fit Regis Tape and the “shoulder” on the hook ensures a snug fit and prevents the hook moving in the pocket. R5 hooks are designed for Standard Tape to give optimum performance.

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I have a lovely large bay window in my lounge and want to find some blinds to match the rest of my room, which is quite modern. Can you suggest an easy solution?

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Although style is obviously very important, practically is a must when it comes to bay windows.

Rufflette’s Orion Roman blind system has been designed especially for bay windows like yours and even the most problematic window can be accommodated.

The Orion system enables you to link together up to seven blinds, which can then be operated by a single chain pulley system.

Suitable for even heavy weight fabrics and completely custom-made. Orion is the perfect solution for bay windows.

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I’m bored with my dull, neutral, window dressings and want something bold and eye-catching to really make a statement. Can you suggest anything?

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Why not opt for a really contemporary track. Rufflette’s Athena Graphite track is perfect for effortlessly stylish homes. Its lustrous dark finish makes a bold statement whilst providing a flexible and extremely versatile system.

Athena Graphite has smooth straight lines and uses daringly modern graphite and chrome. Its extremely practical allowing you to create your own individual style, customised to your specific requirements.

The track is complemented by polished chrome finials which are available in three options – ball finial, cone finial, and an end cap.

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I have gorgeous large windows in my living room and want to make them look much more up-to-date. What can I do?

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A great way to update your windows is through layering. Combining different blinds and fabrics in various colours and materials will add a touch of modern style to your windows and help add texture to your room.

Mix sheers or curtains with a blind, or try using curtains with modern fabric panels to create a really eye-catching effect.

The versatile Athena system from Rufflette allows you to combine curtains with a stylish Roman blind or contemporary fabric panels for a fashionable look.

Athena’s sleek pole effect track can be connected to either a Roman blind track or a panel track for a multi-layered effect. The choice is yours!

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I want to add a stylish window treatment to the patio doors that lead out in to my garden. Can you help?

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The key to sprucing up patio doors is to keep it simple and practical, especially if you want to use your doors to go in and out of the garden in summer. Ideally, you need something which can be pulled back to the side and does not obstruct your view of outside or hinder access to the garden area.

As patio doors tend to be quite a modern feature, its best to complement your windows with a contemporary looking window dressing. Why not try the new Amari panel track from Rufflette?

The made-to-measure track holds widths of fabric in place to create fashionable flat panels which can be easily drawn back to the side whenever you want. Simple to use, the panel system runs smoothly and silently and is operated by either a cord or wand control.

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My living room window looks out on to a road meaning that we struggle to keep our room private. I don’t want to reduce the amount of light that comes into the room but I want to prevent people from looking in – can you suggest anything?

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Simple voiles allow you to reduce visibility through your windows, but are delicate enough to let light filter into the room. The new ‘night and day’ Roman blind from Rufflette could be just what you are looking for as it allows you to combine a lighter blind for the day with a heavier blind for the night.

The Zante system creates a multi-layered Roman blind by enabling you to mount two blinds onto one track. The blinds are then both operated by a simple pulley mechanism at each end of the track which prevents the cords from becoming tangled.

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I have unusual shaped windows and cannot get a track or pole to fit. Do you have any ideas on how I can dress the window?

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Yes. The Rufflette Press ‘n’ Drape system is ideal for unusual shaped windows as no tracks or poles are required. There are a variety of heading styles to choose from and they are very easy to use.

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What are the advantages of using lining tape for separate linings?

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It’s a good idea to line your curtains for the following reasons.

1. To protect the face fabric from the effects of sunlight.
2. To add bulk to the curtains, which improves drape and gives a more luxurious appearance.
3. To provide light, heat and sound insulation.
4. To give a uniform appearance to the outside of your home.

The added advantage of loose linings is that they are easily removed for washing or dry cleaning. In addition, you may wish to use a thermal lining in the winter to give further heat insulation and loose linings allow you to do this without changing your curtains.

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Why should I use Pelmform instead of buckram?

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Buckram is used for hand-sewn headings and the design has to be carefully drawn on and cut out.

You will need to either sew or iron the buckram onto your fabric then attach it to a pelmet board.

Rufflette Pelmform is available in wider widths than buckram – up to 60cm – which means the entire design can be cut from one piece. Pelmform is also stiffer than buckram which eliminates the need for a pelmet board. Pelmform is self adhesive which means you do not need to iron or sew your fabric and the backing paper has five pre-drawn designs ready for you to cut out plus graph paper to make it easy to design your own shape. It can be easily cut using sharp scissors.

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I have heard it’s a good idea to weight the bottom of your curtains. Why? How do I do this?

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Putting weights in the bottom of your curtains improves the drape of the fabric and gives a more professional finish and more luxurious look to the curtains.

Curtains can be weighted using Rufflette Curtain Weighting Tape and Penny Weights. Curtain weighting tape is available in six weights to suit different weights of fabric and is sewn into the hem of your curtains along their length. The addition of a penny weight sewn into each corner will give a truly professional finish.

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I am planning to make a pair of eyelet headed curtains for my living room windows using eyelet tape and rings and would really like to create a layered window dressing using two different fabrics. Have you any suggestions that might help me.

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Rufflette’s new Solar Tape and Jupiter Rings are precisely what you are looking for. The rings can be used on all fabrics due to a patented ratchet system on the inner edge of the ring, which makes it possible to use Solar Tape with more than one thickness of fabric. Spikes on the inside edges of the ring also grip the fabric for extra hold. This is perfect if you are looking to use thicker fabrics or layer different materials.

The Jupiter Rings are designed for use with Rufflette’s Solar Tape, which is incredibly easy to use. The tape is simple to sew on as it features pre-cut holes all along the tape and green markers that indicate exactly where your starting and finishing points are. Easy to use draw cords have also been added to the tape in order to help you create a completely flawless finish when drawn.

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When I have pleated up my curtain, what do I do with the spare cords?

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Don’t cut off the spare cords as these allow the curtain to be pulled flat for cleaning. Instead, wind them neatly out of sight.

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