Curtain Headings & Accessories Guide


Plenty of choice for a personalised finish

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Our bespoke service allows you to create your dream look in every inch of the detail to ensure it is finished totally unique to you.

Curtain Headings

Choosing a Curtain Heading

The heading style you choose is vital when you're planning your scheme. It can take you from one end of the spectrum to the other when it comes to interior styles. We have a range of heading choices for you to consider, and if you're not sure what will work best for you our friendly team can offer advice.

Curtain Linings

Choose a lining with properties you want, whether you want to add warmth or just creating a fuller, more luxurious look.

  • Easycare is made from crease-resistant 100% cotton which will help protect the fabric from sunlight.
  • Cotton has a softer feel and will protect your fabric from sunlight.
  • Polycotton Satin is a mix of polyester and cotton available in ivory or white, and gives a great drape.
  • Thermal is ideal for keeping heat in or out depending on the season, and has a very thin acrylic backing.
  • Blackout is great for bedrooms as it is excellent at keeping light out, but it also offers thermal insulation. It has a very thin acrylic backing, and is available in white or cream.
  • Interlining is ideal for use with lightweight fabrics, such as silks. It sits between the curtain fabric and lining to provide extra weight, for a more luxurious look and feel.
  • Bonded is a synthetic interlining bonded to an ivory polycotton lining. This option is ideal for use with roman blinds as they will hang better than a conventional interlining.

Curtain Swags, Tails & Pelmets

Swags & Tails

If you feel the need for something extra special why not go for swags and tails for a luxuriously layered and dramatic 3D look.

Curtain Swags, Tails & Pelmets

Measuring for Swags & Tails

Swags and tails can be fitted to a pelmet board. Deciding the length of your tails is a matter of personal preference, but if your curtains are full length we recommend swags are approximately 45cm (18") deep from the top of your curtains. If using a pelmet board, measure the width of the board including the returns to give the width for your swags and tails.

Measuring for hard and soft pelmets


Standard hard pelmets are backed with board to make them rigid, and are available in both flat and upholstered options. Buckram pelmets come in the same styles but are flexible so they can be used in bay windows. All are suitable for use with a track and board.

Measuring for Hard and Soft Pelmets

Pelmets may need to be fitted to a board above your curtain track or pole. The board should extend approximately 2.5cm (1") beyond the track/pole at each end to allow clearance. Measure the width of the board plus the return to give you the width for your pelmet. Deciding on the drop required is a matter of personal preference, though we recommend one sixth of the finished curtain length.

Measuring for hard and soft pelmets


Pretty and practical, keep your made to order curtains picture perfect and neatly drawn with elegant tie backs in a matching style.

*Our Made to Measure service is only available on fabric purchased from Dunelm. A Dunelm quotation is valid for a period of 28 days. Lowest price guarantee gives you the opportunity to check the cost of your comparable Made to Measure order at Dunelm against our main UK competitors. If we are not the cheapest and you order from us we will price match the competitors price. To ensure your Made to Measure order is eligible for the lowest price guarantee, you will need to have a like for like comparison (taking account of all equivalent product and service provided by us) from a recognised national UK online or high street retailer. Take your like for like comparison into your local Dunelm store or call our customer service team on 0344 346 0020 (you must have the ability to email your quote to us for our verification). If you can demonstrate that the total cost of the comparable order is cheaper and you place the order with us, we will price match the competitors price. Your comparative quote must be dated within 28 days of your Dunelm quote. We reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time before the expiry date of your Dunelm quotation.