What to consider when choosing the curtain fabric?

What to consider when choosing the curtain fabric?

What to consider when choosing the curtain fabric?

Curtains are popular home accessories that add finishing touches to a chosen interior design style. While some are purely decorative, others may fulfill different functions such as privacy protection, blacking out the room, or helping with heat retention. The list of requirements may be even longer for curtains used in hotels, offices, theatres, or other public spaces. How to serve these ever-increasing demands from customers? Don’t worry, everything is possible with the right fabric.

Each fabric creates a different look and brings a different set of advantages. That’s why it is important to know the look and benefits you want to achieve and to choose the fabric accordingly. What to consider when choosing the curtain fabric? Here is a complete guide that will help you to choose the best curtain fabric for your customers.

Criteria to consider when choosing the curtain fabric:


Heavy fabrics provide more privacy as well as insulation. However, these are not the only reasons why you should consider fabric weight. Fabric weight is closely related to fabric drape, in other words, it determines how well the fabric hangs. Lighter weight fabrics have generally more drape, are flowy, and hang straight down while heavyweight fabrics have little drape, are stiffer, and hold pleats much better. Moreover, curtains from heavier fabrics will have to be combined with sturdier curtain rods and accessories so that they do not break down under the weight.

Density and Opacity

The density and opacity of the curtain fabric are directly related to the amount of privacy the curtain will be able to provide. The thicker the curtain fabric, the opaquer it will be blocking more light and increasing privacy. Opaque fabrics are also suitable for rooms with abundant sunlight, as they will tone it down or block out completely depending on the degree of opacity.

Pattern and Color

Curtain fabrics come in different patterns and colors. If you prefer simple elegance and clean lines plain fabrics in solid colors may be a great option. But if you want to create a statement piece that will not go unnoticed go for fabrics with bigger, bolder patterns. Last but not least, do not forget to consider the functionality of the color you choose! For example, dark colors are more prone to fading in sunlight, and light colors show dirt and stains much faster. So you may want to use light colors for sunny rooms and dark colors for high traffic rooms with lots of dust.


Do you look for something luxurious or casual? Silk may be a good choice for upscale homes while linen is perfect for homes decorated in casual and laid-back style. Many other materials such as cotton, polyester, or their blends are highly versatile and easily combinable with different styles. This makes them an ideal choice for homes with traditional as well as modern interior designs.


Nobody buys new curtains every year so it is better to choose the fabrics which will have a long life. Some fabrics such as silk and linen are known to be more prone to fading than other fabrics. Will the curtain hang in the direct sunlight? Then consider polyester fabrics that are more durable and won’t fade that easily.


Do you know how often the curtains will be washed? While some fabrics like silk and velvet require dry cleaning, many synthetic fabrics and their blends may be washed and dried at home. And what about ironing? Will the owner be able to iron the curtains?  Some fabrics are more prone to wrinkles than others. Polyester curtains do not generally need ironing. Moreover, they will handle washing or steaming without shrinking. So if you look for a low-maintenance fabric polyester is your best choice.


Different kinds of fabrics have different prices so always keep in mind your budget as well as the budget of your customers. While silk is very expensive, polyester is one of the least expensive fabrics. You can also order your fabrics in bulk if you want to save some money. At Fioretta Home, for example, you can get a 15% discount if you order 100 or more meters per color.


What kind of properties should have your curtains? There are so many options: thermal curtains, black-out curtains, antimicrobial curtains, flame retardant curtains, stain-resistant curtains, or sustainable curtains made with natural and biodegradable materials. Many of these properties can be achieved by special chemical finishing applied to fabrics or yarns used for their production. For black-out curtains consider triple-weave fabrics that can cut out light up to 90%. Finally, fabrics from recycled polyester are one of the options for eco-conscious customers.

Supplier’s reliability

Why is this important? Imagine you are producing curtains for your customers, they are a major hit and you want to buy the same fabric again. The last thing you want to hear from your supplier is that the fabric is out of stock. The best way to avoid this problem is to work directly with the manufacturer. We at Fioretta Home may even tweak the designs or produce additional colors which is another advantage. You should also read your supplier’s terms, conditions, and policies to have a clear understanding of your future business relationships.


Now you should know what to consider when choosing the curtain fabric. Once you have determined the various criteria you are looking for in a curtain fabric you can filter through the variety of textiles based on their benefits and drawbacks. As we have already hinted, some of the most popular fabrics for curtains include cotton, linen, silk, polyester, velvet, brocade, and chintz.

Fioretta Home has been producing curtain fabrics since 1997. You can find more information about our designs in our online shop. Do you have any additional questions about our fabrics? Do not hesitate to contact our sales team at info@fioretta.com


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