Not only do curtains help keep a room warmer in winter and cooler in summer, they protect your furniture from fading and offer privacy from neighbours. Whether for a living room, bedroom or kitchen, we’re here to help you consider all the important points with this curtains buying guide, so you can be sure that you’re on the right track.

What to consider?

Whether you want them lined or not, all our ready-made curtains come in a wide range of sizes, colours and lengths, so you can dress your window exactly how you want them to be. Here’s just a few reasons why curtains work well in any room of your home:

  • They can make a feature out of a window
  • They protect the room and furniture from direct sunlight
  • They keep a room as warm as possible by covering draughty windows
  • The offer total privacy from neighbours

Make a statement or blend in?

The next decision is whether you’d like your curtains to blend into the interior or to make a statement with a bold print or colour. Curtains are long-lasting, so take time to colour-match with your existing pieces or use this as an opportunity to think about an overhaul of your space with a completely new look.

How to measure your windows

Think about where you want your curtains to sit in relation to the window.

Make sure to measure both inside (A) the window frame and out (B). Curtains will either hang from a track or a pole, and this will dictate the length of curtain you need. Be sure to measure the full length of the track and add on any overlapping area.

Habitat curtains are available in a selection of drop lengths: 170cm, 230cm, 260cm and 280cm. Make sure to check the size available in your chosen option.

For curtains hanging from a pole, measure from the top of the frame to the floor (C) to get the full drop (ideally, they will be 2cm from the floor when hung.)

The curtain pole should be wider than your windows by approximately 15-20cm either side (D), allowing for the material to be tied back when you'd like.

The current rule is that fabric width should be between 2 and 2.5 times the width of the window. So, for example, if your window is 1.5m wide, you need 3m width of curtain material.

Each of Habitat's curtain options are sold in pairs, so to explain a little further, if each curtain is 1.5m wide, equalling 3m in total, you'd have the perfect fit for a 1.5m window.


If machine washable, clean a pair of curtains together - but make sure to check each product's care instructions.

Habitat's cotton curtains need to be professionally dry cleaned, but linen curtains can be washed at 40 degrees and smoothed out with a medium iron.

Curtains checklist

  • Decide whether curtains work better for your space
  • Coordinate options with existing furniture, or decide on a new scheme
  • Measure the height and width of your windows
  • Check you have the necessary tools for installation
  • Buy in store, order online or call 0344 499 4686
  • Sit back and await your delivery!