Deanswood Interiors are one of the country’s leading curtains makers, preferred by London’s leading interior designers, where quality and expertise are second to none.
Deanswood’s success over the last forty years has been based on three founding principles – quality, reliability and service. With all our products, we take great pride in what we produce and deliver.
Sophisticated designs – perfectly delivered.
Whether the designer’s preference is minimalist modern, traditionally understated or classically flamboyant, our team of expert curtain-makers are exceptional in their abilities to deliver a hand-finished product of the highest quality – which means that our clients enjoy a bespoke service that interprets their designs and helps make them come alive!
We are comfortable making this promise of guaranteed satisfaction. One reason is that our industrial size workrooms with very high eaves means we can make-up and accommodate the largest of curtain widths and lengths and hang them for pre-dressing and checking before fitting and final dressing on-site.
Naturally, designers and architects expect their modern day and traditional designs to be interpreted in the finished product and this is where Deanswood Interiors really do excel. The importance of professional on-site preparation and installation is paramount. Our experienced team of fitters and project managers ensure that curtains are hung and dressed to perfection.
These consist of three layers- the face fabric, the lining and a thick cotton “bump” fabric that sits in-between. As well as helping with heat retention and draughts, the main reason for using is for the sumptuous look and feel of the curtain and the excellent draping properties that interlining gives. However, to achieve this effect great skill is required in hand sewing the layers together and ensuring all layers sit well together. The great majority of our curtains are interlined, as the discerning customer would not be happy with anything else.
There are occasions when lined only curtains would be appropriate such as when a soft, flowing informal feel is required. Equal care is required in ensuring hand-sewn stitches do not show and the layers sit well together. For this look it is important to select the correct face fabric. You are advised to contact us with your fabric selection before proceeding.
Reserved for “see through” fabrics such as sheers but also now for the many fabrics that have cut-out shapes for effect. Many of these modern fabrics are very delicate and should only be used where on site disturbance is not likely to occur. They can also be difficult and time consuming to sew and you should contact us for advice before final selection is made.
Hand pencil pleat
This heading is done entirely by hand without the use of a heading tape (Regis, etc.) and as such gives a perfect invisible stitch finish. This heading is ideal for valances and curtain that are held in the centre and pulled back on tiebacks (or Italian Strung curtains). If used on curtains that draw, the effect is not so pleasing when the curtains are in the stacked position. This heading needs at least 2¾ times fullness to give the proper effect.
Starting with hand pencil pleating each pleat is formed into a honeycomb shape by hand and sewn into position usually using a contrast thread. This is a very time consuming operation but gives a stunning result. Particularly effective on valances but also on curtains where they are not drawn back
Hand pinch pleat
Made with buckram stiffening, this heading is ideal for a formal setting and promotes more uniform folds in the fabric. It creates a neat stack back when curtains are drawn closed. Usually made with 3 pleats but also can be made with double or single pleats. Fullness required is 2½ times although less can be used, especially on bulky fabrics.
A modern heading for use with decorative poles, this heading promotes perfect folds in the fabric. The three main sizes of the eyelets (40mm, 50mm and 66mm) work with 28mm to 50mm diameter poles. The eyelets come in a variety of colours and effects. They can only be drawn by hand and need to be adjusted in the closed position to retain the evenness of the folds. They can stack back into a very small space to get maximum light from the window.
Hand Goblet Pleat
Made similar to pinch pleat, but instead of making the pleat, the fabric is formed into a flute shape and stuffed with polyester to retain its shape. The heading can be made luxurious with a knotted or looped rope added to the bottom of the pleats. Depending on thickness of fabrics, less fullness is used to make this pleat and it should be noted that these curtains will not stack back as tight as pinch pleats.
Swags and Tails
They can be made in any number of swags, any size and shape and with any decoration or trimming. They are ideal for use in a formal setting, in drawing or dining rooms, but can also be arranged in an informal setting with soft, flowing folds. We are happy to help with the design to compliment any window shape and will prepare scale drawings and templates prior to manufacture.
A new heading produced by using a special tape which gives a similar effect to eyelet headings, regarding the same even-ness of folds. They have the advantage of the not needing adjusting when the curtains are pulled. Like eyelets, they can stack back small.
Standard Tape Heading
A simple heading using a 1-inch tape with pull strings to gather up the curtain. This heading can be used when the top of the curtain is covered with a pelmet or for a simple application where cost is of importance.
Hard pelmets can be made in any shape or size, limited only by your own imagination. Ropes and fringes can be added to enhance the look as well as padding to soften the effect. Our many years of experience can be called upon to help with designs and shapes. Again, these are ideal in more formal settings, perhaps especially in dining rooms, but suitable designs can be used around the house.
For a softer look in any room, choose a fabric valance. Valances have the fabric gathered up in a variety of forms. Apart from a simple gathered heading, all other headings are hand sewn without the use of heading tapes thus ensuring a top class finish.