How we work
One of the main reasons our clients appreciate our work and come back again over the years, is the full service we offer. From the initial consultation to discuss ideas, measuring up and estimating, through to selecting the fabric, poles and accessories.
Over the years we have worked with many interior design companies. So if you are working with a designer, just put us in touch with them.
We arrange all the installation and hanging, and are on hand at each stage to make sure you are happy….
….. After all, new curtains and soft furnishings which reflect your personality, are an investment which will be admired for many years
Here is our 8-point guide:
Step 1: Finding the perfect fabric
Whether you visit our curtain making workshop in Hertfordshire or we come to your home, selecting the perfect fabric is the start of your project. We have hundreds of books and samples and are happy to order in any particular fabric you choose.
We encourage you to take samples home, to make sure you are certain that they look just right. Each room has a different aspect and fabrics look very different in daylight compared with artificial lighting in the evening. Samples can be laid next to existing furniture and wall coverings to see if they really complement one another.
Step 2: Measuring Up
The old adage ‘measure twice, cut once’ is a rule we follow at Changing Views. Ensuring the measurements are correct is a vital starting point. Detailed measurements are taken and checked. This allows us to work out the amount of fabric and lining required so that we can provide you with a written estimate.
Step 3: Selecting the heading
Once you are happy with your fabric choice, the next step is to choose the best heading. Our page on Curtain Headings describes the range of headings you can choose from and we will give you the benefit of our experience so that the heading you select works with the material and the final location of the curtains.
Step 4: Choosing the track or pole
The wide range of tracks and poles can be very confusing. Once again, we will guide you, and explain the pros and cons of the different options. Visit Curtain Poles and Tracks for further information.
Step 5: Deciding on accessories
Some curtains benefit from tie-backs, particularly where there is limited room for the curtains when open, known as the ‘stack back’. If you have chosen a track to hang your curtains from, we are happy to design and make a pelmet or valance to hide the track.
There are also opportunities to use the same fabric, toning or contrasting material to tie the whole interior design together. In your living room or bedroom we would recommend cushions and throws. In a dining room, a decorative runner dresses a bare table.
You may require some additional privacy in some of your rooms. We would recommend voiles or sheers, or a light-weight blind. We are happy to discuss your ideas and come up with suggestions of our own.
Step 6: Estimating
With all the decisions made, we are then in a position to calculate the costs in order to provide you with a detailed estimate for the work.
Step 7: Making up
We will schedule your project into our work programme and give you an indication of the completion and installation date.
Step 8: Installation
We work with highly experienced installers, with whom we have built a good relationship over the years. They are used to difficult to install curtains and blinds, so your project is in safe hands. We are always on hand to oversee the hanging of your curtains.