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curtains alteration service guide

Eyelet Curtains Alterations Service

Want to consider Pencil Pleat Curtains as well? View our expert Alteration Services for Pencil Pleat Curtains.

Get that perfect fit from £7!

Choosing new curtains is very exciting. We stock a wide range of styles, colours and designs of Ready-Made Curtains. You will find different options for every room, mood and taste. You may be very happy with your choice of curtains but they may not be an exact fit for your window space. This is simply remedied with our alteration service.

Alterations are done for a small additional charge with any purchase of ready-made curtains from Chiltern Mills. Using one of our measuring guides on the left, you provide us with the correct dimensions you require and our expert team of professional seamstresses will alter to your specifications. The average turn around time for alterations is usually 4-6 days.

We will let you know as soon they are ready.

We recommend that you let our team do the alterations as we have over 20 years of experience and always aim at perfection.

Our in-house team of professional technicians and experienced seamstresses do all the work so we never outsource to other companies. This means that Chiltern Mills can control quality and deliver the best service to you, giving you peace of mind.

We deliver a perfectly pressed pair of curtains that will look you had them custom made for your room.

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Shortening the Drop of an Eyelet Curtains

This service is only available for customers who have bought a pair of curtains online or in the store.

All sizes stated are approximations only.

The measuring guide below is meant to be a guide only and the final measurements shall be chosen by you.

If you require any further help then please ring on 0113 2840655.

Alternatively email Chiltern Mills on internet@chilternmills.co.uk.

Chiltern Mills recommend that you use a metal tape if possible as it gives a more accurate size.

Note that you can have any remnants sent with your order if requested or why not let us use the remnants to make matching tie backs and cushions if there is sufficient material.

Position and Length of the Pole

For many people the pole will already be in place above the top of the window frame.

If there is no pole then ideally it should be placed 15cm (6") above the top of the window frame.

The pole should be wider than your window frame by 15-20cms (6-8") at each end.

Measuring the Width of the Eyelet Curtains

Curtain Poles have two components – the pole itself and the finials that are added to each end for decoration and to stop the rings sliding off.

After you have positioned the pole and placed the finials on the end, measure the distance between the inside of the two finials to get the correct width of one curtain.

So say the measurement that you get is 158cm (62"), then you will have to order the next size up which in this case would usually be the 167cm (66") standard size.

On the web site the size that you are ordering is shown in the size drop down box and it is this size that should be selected.

To get a full gathered look you will need two curtains of the same size which you will receive when you order any curtains which are only sold and priced in pairs.

Measuring the Drop of the Eyelet Curtain for Alteration

Windowsills and floors are not always level so Chiltern Mills recommend measuring this in 3 places.

The best places are at the ends of the window and in the centre.

To measure the drop correctly, measure the distance from the top of the pole.

If you want the curtain down to sit on the sill, measure 1cm (1/2") above for clearance or 15cm (6") below the sill if you want to exclude lights and draft.

If measuring the curtains to the floor, then allow 1.5cm (1/2") to prevent wear on the hems.

To complete the alteration simply choose the width that you want and then enter the drop size in.

Adding a 7cm (3")Header Tape after Shortening the Drop

After you have altered the drop then you may want to add a header tape.

We use a 7cm (3") header tape.

To choose this service please select the option and then add to basket.

Note that this service cannot be selected on its own; it can only be done when you choose to alter the drop as well.

The charge is based on the width of the curtain you have chosen.

The charge you will see quoted is for both pairs of curtain.

pencil pleat top curtains

Changing the Eyelet Curtains to a Pencil Pleat Top Curtain

This service is only available for customers who have bought a pair of curtains online or in the store.

The measuring guide below is meant to be a guide only and the final measurements shall be chosen by you.

If you require any further help then please ring on 0113 2840655.

Alternatively email Chiltern Mills on internet@chilternmills.co.uk

Chiltern Mills recommend that you use a metal tape if possible as it gives a more accurate size.

Note that you can have any remnants sent with your order if requested or why not let us use the remnants to make matching tie backs and cushions if there is sufficient material.

Position and length of the Pole

For many people the pole will already be in place above the top of the window frame.

If there is no pole then ideally it should be placed 15cm (6") above the top of the window frame.

The pole should be wider than your window frame by 15-20cms (6-8") at each end.

Measuring the Width of the Eyelet Curtains

Curtain Poles have two components – the pole itself and the finials that are added to each end for decoration and to stop the rings sliding off.

After you have positioned the pole and placed the finials on the end, measure the distance between the inside of the two finials to get the width of one curtain.

So say the measurement that you get is 158cm (62"), then you will have to order the next size up which in this case would be the 167cm (66") standard size.

On the web site this size is shown in the size drop down box and it is this size you should select.

To get a full gathered look you will need two curtains of this size which you will receive when you order any curtains which are only sold and priced in pairs.

Measuring the Drop of the Eyelet Curtain for Alteration to Pencil Pleat Top Curtains

When you change Eyelet Curtains to Pencil Pleat Curtains you will lose 13cm (5") from the top of the curtain.

So when you measure the drop of the curtains using the guide below you should add on these extra 13cm (5")to any measurements that you take.

Windowsills and floors are not always level so Chiltern Mills recommend measuring this in 3 places.

The best places are at the ends of the window and in the centre.

To measure the drop correctly for this alteration, measure the distance from the top of the pole.

If you want the curtain to sit on the sill, measure 1cm (1/2") above for clearance or 15cm (6") below the sill if you want to exclude lights and draft.

If you want the curtains to fall to the floor, then shorten by 1.5cm (1/2") to prevent wear on the hems.

To complete the alteration on the web site simply choose the width that you want and then enter the drop size in.

Adding a 7cm(3") Header Tape after Changing the Eyelet Curtains to a Pencil Pleat Curtain

After you have altered the drop then you may want to add a header tape.

Chiltern Mills will use a 7cm (3") header tape for this part of the alteration.

To choose this service please select the option shown on the web site and then add to basket.

Note that this service cannot be done on its own it can only be done when you choose to alter the Eyelet Curtains to Pencil Pleat Curtains.

Simply choose the option on the web page that you see to order the alteration.

The charge is based on the width of the curtain you have chosen.

The charge you will see is for both pairs.

eyelet to pencil pleat tops

Terms and Conditions

  • Any unused fabric will not normally be sent with your order.
  • If you would like to have the surplus fabric included then please tick the appropriate box when finalising the purchase.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to have some matching accessories made from this surplus fabric.
  • Normal times for alterations are 4 days if the item is in stock.
  • If the curtains have to be ordered in then we shall advise on a delivery time accordingly.
  • For all items that are altered there is a quality check for any damages before alterations start.
  • The Curtains are checked after alteration and before despatch to ensure that the work has been carried out correctly.
  • Please note there is no refund on goods that have been altered unless the goods supplied are not of merchantable quality.
  • Please supply the measurements to the nearest whole centimetre or inches.
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Eyelet Curtains Alteration Service

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