New Norms, New Lifestyles Inspiring Londoners to Refurbish Their Homes

New Norms, New Lifestyles Inspiring Londoners to Refurbish Their Homes

After the COVID-19 pandemic made working from home a norm in many London households, homeowners found reason to pursue plans of refurbishing their homes. After all, many families needed new furnishings for home offices, as well as for study spaces for their children’s homeschooling.

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As home makeover projects progressed, many also found the need to order curtains from prominent curtain makers in London. The surge in demand for custom-made curtains, albeit a relief, also posed as a challenge to many of the city’s curtain makers. At that time, many of London’s factories were being used to produce PPE accessories, while their crew of curtain sewers could not report for work.

Nonetheless, even after a couple of months and with some restrictions lifted, the demand for customised curtains is still on. Curtain making companies have been booking orders not only from homeowners but also from hotels, guest houses, interior designers and even retailers of home furnishings. Apparently, many in the hospitality business gave their rooms new curtains to add a fresh and clean appeal as a way to make guests feel safe during their stay.

How Lifestyle Changes Spawned Curtain Making Industry In Europe

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Custom-made curtains have become quite popular in the UK, since most customers have very little time and opportunities to look for designs that would match their furniture and decors. While there are ready made curtains available to purchase from online retailers, the choices of style and sizes were confined to the limited selections being offered by online retail stores.

Like everything that was invented, the use of curtains was initially for a specific purpose. Invented by the ancient Egyptians, the concept of curtains simply meant hanging animal hides with hooks in doorways. The purpose of which was to divide space as well as add privacy.

Fast forward to the early Middle or Dark Ages in Northern Europe, the affluent aristocrats lived in castles in which tapestries and thickly-woven fabrics were draped in windows to keep out the cold. However, the heavy drapes only made the castle interiors dark and clammy, while the draperies turned dank and smelly from absorbing much of the soot exuded by fireplaces and candles illuminating each room.

The age of industrialization during the 19th century made various kinds of textiles available to UK’s emerging middle class, which also gave rise to decorating and curtain-making professions. Sheer materials that mimicked the dainty net-like materials produced by French lacemakers, revolutionized the way curtains were made. They can simply be hung as sheer window treatments, or be combined with other fabrics to merge style and function in a single form.

Nowadays, curtain makers in London are once again in demand, but competition can be stiff. Many have had years of experience, not only in curtain-making but also in producing soft furnishing like bed quilts, throws, cushions and pillows. Englanderline of London for one, came into prominence as makers of customised curtains since the company’s founding in 2000. Today, the company has evolved into becoming a one-stop shop not only for a wide selection of curtain fabrics, but also for soft refurnishing; all of which can be customised according to the design preferences of customers.