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Aug 20 2015

AUSTRALIAN MADE

We support AUSTRALIAN MADE

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..... and now we have the official licence to promote our Australian Made Fabrics and our  Australian Made Curtains production.

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Newsletters-8-August-2015-Flower-Red-GreenBLOG-Yellow-LineNewsletters-8-August-2015-Flower-Dark-YellowAll our CURTAINS are manufactured here in Australia, not overseas. We believe this gives us better quality control so that we can deliver you a really well made product. We actually know the people who sew your curtains.... and if we need to make any extra little adjustments because of how or where your tracks are installed it is much easier for us to  communicate "person to person" with our workrooms right here  in Australia.......

We are proudly Australian and now have a separate category at www.onlinecurtains.com featuring only Australian Made Fabrics. Whenever we discover new Australian fabrics we will enter them into this category. Coupled with the fact that we only use Australian workrooms you can now make the choice to buy wholly AUSTRALIAN MADE for all your curtains and soft furnishings.

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All of our HAND PAINTED tracks are painted in AUSTRALIA and the rest of our tracks are coated, assembled and shipped to you by our AUSTRALIAN track makers.

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Coated Curtain Fabrics have been around for a very long time. We can all remember "rubber backed curtains"! When they got hot from the sun they stuck together and the rubber, over time, peeled away! A COATED FABRIC is made by taking a standard uncoated fabric and applying an opaque coating on the back of the fabric to give it improved light absorption. The coating can be applied a number of times to improve this. A fabric that has been through the coating process once is called "1-pass-coated" and this gives the fabric the ability to absorb 50-70% of a direct light source. The most commonly used coated curtain fabrics are "3-pass-coated" and this is enough to absorb 100% of a direct light source. We call these fabrics "blockout" coated fabrics. BLOG-3-March-2015-Coated-Fabric-ImageCOATED FABRICS HAVE COME A LONG WAY! Now they look and feel totally different. All good quality coated fabrics are softer and drape much better when pleated. As always, cheaper is not always better value. The value in using coated fabrics is in the fact that you only need one layer for your curtains instead of two as when you have an attached lining. Your costs are reduced on the making and also because you don't need the additional metres of fabric for the lining. At www.onlinecurtains.com we have a great range of "blockout" coated fabrics in our COATED FABRICS Category. We are happy to send out colour cuttings and are always here to help you with any of our curtain questions. Email us at info@onlinecurtains.com  
Gliders are the small runners you hook your curtains into that glide along your curtain track. The combination of the gliders and a good quality custom made track ensure your curtains open and close easily. Gliders deteriorate with time because they are at the coalface! They cop the brunt of the elements being so close to the window so they become brittle and one by one your curtains lose those little anchors. When you install your tracks it is a good idea to tuck away a few extra at the time. Gliders come in many different shapes and sizes, depending on the type of track. Each track type will require a different glider. There is no "one size fits all". We at www.onlinecurtains.com can help you source gliders for your tracks when you need them. GLIDERS-3-Hole-Slide-White-1 GLIDERS-3-Hole-Slide-2Send us photos, from a few different angles, and we will endeavour to source the correct one for you. The glider illustrated here can't be found at your usual ready made track retailer or hardware store because they can't carry all the individual components. We custom make tracks so we need to be able access all the components for many different types of tracks. That's why we can help.....email us at info@onlinecurtains.com
When you are decorating, it is natural to think of colour but to really add something extra, think of texture. Textures in the whites and neutrals are the tools you need to add to a space without making it feel too cluttered or overwhelmed by colour. Adding texture in neutrals allows you to save your stronger colour choices for the things you really want your eye to go to.....like artwork or cushions or rugs. BLOG-2015-February-Texture-250x350Texture on the walls can easily come from curtaining and/or wallpaper. You aren't really looking for a "feature wall" so you will need to work with the paint colour. Add the curtains or paper in an exact match or a lighter or deeper tone to achieve the mood that you want but not too far away from the tonal depth of the paint. Texture in rugs or cushions or throws adds movement to the "intimate spaces".....the space in the centre of the room where people congregate to relate to each other. Texture in artwork adds a third dimension to a room whether it be free standing or on the walls, consoles or coffee tables. Turn your mind to texture when you are decorating. It can be your secret weapon to taking your design skills up a notch!  

Oct 16 2014

UNDERSTANDING COLOUR

Unsure about choosing colours? Don't be! It isn't rocket science and it isn't magic. It is the same as building anything else.  There is a plan to follow. Colour-Wheel-Itten Good colour schemes are constructed by adhering to straightforward rules. With the aid of a colour wheel you can incorporate colours that you can't change to find a new direction and a new look for your home. Before you even get to which shade of red or green or yellow you prefer, you need to get the colour groupings correct.   There are 3 main rules for choosing great colour groups. Monochromatic Colour: Choosing 1 colour in different tones and shades. Related Colour: Choosing between 3 - 4 colours next to each other around the wheel. Contrasting Colour: Choosing colours that are opposite each other on the wheel. Below are 3 main options for choosing contrasting colour. (i) Complementary - Colours directly opposite each other ie Red/Green, Orange/Blue, Yellow/Purple. (ii) Split Complementary - Comprises 3 colours. Choose a colour and then the colours either side of it's complementary colour  (iii) Triadic - Choose 3 colours spaced evenly around the wheel.  Now to work out what those colours need to do for you! Once you have selected the colour combination that you want to use, you need to think more deeply about what you want the scheme to achieve in your home. Different depths of tones, in combination, achieve different moods. The next bit may challenge you, but it is the key to the best colour schemes. Every colour has a tonal value.....which will mean nothing until you read on. Colour-Tonal-Chord-Image         Think of all the shades of grey between White and Black. Did you know that every single colour has a position on that Tonal Scale? White has the highest Tonal Value and Black has the lowest Tonal Value. The mood that you want to create is determined by the different combinations of different Tonal Values. To work out the Tonal Value of any colour, squint your eyes as you look at a colour when you place it beside a variety of greys as above. With your eyes squinted you will not be able to actually see the colour, you will only see it as grey. Find a grey on the Tonal Scale that is the same grey as the colour is appearing. Now you can see where that colour sits on the Tonal Scale. Some results will surprise you.....we can be very dazzled by colour and miss identifying it's Tonal Value without this technique! Now start thinking of words to describe how you want the space to feel. There is a tonal combination that will help you achieve these "feelings" by applying the rules to the colours you have already decided to work with. Energetic, Positive, Out There!, Happy: A combination of a couple of really high Tonal Values plus a very low Tonal Value as an accent Fresh, Quiet, Peaceful, Gentle: A group of high Tonal Value colours without any lighter or darker accents. Pastels are a good example. Strong, Forthright, On the front foot! Rich: A combination of Tonal Values in the middle plus a much higher or a much lower Tonal Value as an accent. Understated, Watch out for boring! Subdued:  A combination of Tonal Values in the middle without any of the accents. Dramatic, Powerful, Yes! Dignified: A combination of very low Tonal Values with accents from the light end of the Tonal Scale. Eerie, Intimate, Oops, not so good! Chilling: A combination of colours with very low Tonal Values without any lighter accents at all. Finding "Common Ground" for your scheme After applying all of these "laws" you are now free to find that special link that makes the scheme look like a family. You need to find the "common ground" in most of the colours.  All you have to do is make most of the colours cool or warm or murky or dirty or pure. And if one colour has a tinge of yellow or blue or grey, choose most of the other colours in the scheme to reflect the same. We say, most of the colours, because if you want to single out just one of them to be different, do so, but only use as a small accent. The last detail!  Consider the neutrals! You may not want colour for everything! Now you can add the right neutrals if you need to. Be very selective amongst the Ivory's and Creams and Naturals and Linens and Taupes! You might have already incorporated neutrals as colours with high Tonal Value as part of your scheme. If you haven't, and they are an addition, always look at them carefully along side your scheme and let your eyes tell you which ones will be welcome into your family!  Now you are in control! A good colour scheme should feel as though all the colours are happy to be living together. And this is because, behind the scenes, you have made it happen! It's a balancing act but if you follow the rules and then let your eyes and feelings be the final judge, you will love the result and it will be your own individual scheme!
We are loving the bold prints available for curtains these days. BLOG HOAD ZIGGY COBALTFabulous textile designs that can take over the role of a painted feature wall or wallpaper. Let your track take up a whole wall and see the impact of a wall of curtaining. BLOG HOAD MAXI COBALT Do what the Scandinavians do and  keep the rest of the room uncluttered and simple. Find these fabrics in PRINTED FABRICS at www.onlinecurtains.com Curtains are easy! Get all your Curtain Quotes Online.....and for any questions? Just contact us at info@onlinecurtains.com      
Our ONLINE CURTAIN QUOTES are better! BLOG-GRANDEUR-2 REGISTER NOW at www.onlinecurtains.com Lots of sites allow you to get lots of curtain quotes but at www.onlinecurtains.com we want you to be able to get lots of online curtain quotes and be able to refer to them later!  See the difference?? REGISTERING allows you to revisit those Quotes. You don't lose them when you exit the site! You can take your time and compare prices when you think of another option for a room. You might think of changing the fabrics or tracks on another day when you have the time. Experience the difference REGISTER now and enjoy plotting and planning for your curtains!  
There is always that one room you want to stand out...a room that demands the "WOW" for the curtains! Find it at www.onlinecurtains.com What the "WOW" is depends on what you want to achieve. Do you love classy, ornate, sophisticated for that special room? Love the idea of a divine silk look.......or an earthy linen? BLOG-Cayman-Curtains Think about an ornate Decorator Track. S-C-T-51-Plain-Reeded-Poletracks-Beige-White       Or go all out on the Tassel Tiebacks! BLOG-Tassels-Tiebacks               Be calculating about the statement you want to make. Choose one fabulous thing! REGISTER to get Instant Online Curtain Quotes  and let us help you get the curtains you've always dreamed of.
You have slaved over the computer, "ummed" and "ahhed" about what fabrics you want, had samples sent out and re-done the quotes until you have a price you want to pay. You are thrilled with the styles you have chosen and are super excited to see these curtains hanging in your house! So whats so bad about that? Well, now have to go through the agony of waiting 4-6 weeks for delivery! Custom Made means "hand made". Someone is ordering the exact amount of fabric just for you and customising all your measurements onto a worksheet so that the curtains exactly fit your track. Someone is rolling out the fabric, cutting the exact length, sewing the hems and the side seams and calculating the exact spacings of the pleats to suit your individual measurements! Feeling special yet? All this takes time as only so many curtains can be made in a day. Someone we trust is taking extra care to make sure you are surprised by the quality you receive! OnlineCurtains.com does all this especially for you and we want you to know that while you are pacing up and down, checking the calendar and anxiously waiting for your curtains, we are calmly going about our business making sure everything is happening in the right order with the right people to deliver lovely curtains for your home. START DESIGNING! We are here to make it happen.
Newsletter-August-2014-Did-you-know-photo-2We have a huge range of fabrics at www.onlinecurtains.com but we know that sometimes you are looking for that "perfect" one! You can now go directly to the websites of our suppliers to see their full ranges. Let us know what you love and we can upload your choice onto our website so you can go right ahead and do as many quotes as you like. For a start try the following fabric houses... WilsonGummerson (including JW Design and Hoad), WarwickMokum (including James Dunlop), Slender MorrisFabric ConventionCharles Parsons.
Not sure where to start? Curtains need to do a practical job for you, they should not only look good, they should help make living in your home more comfortable. Selecting Fabrics at OnlineCurtains.comThese are the questions to ask yourself. 1. What room is it? 2. Is privacy an issue? 3. How dark do you want the room to be? 4. What is the aspect? Only after answering these questions should you look to the decorating style you want and the colour scheme. Lets take an example You want curtains for a west facing window in a living room at the front of the house which is right on the street. You don't want the room dark in the daytime but need privacy all day and protection from the heat in the afternoon. This room is your main entertaining area and you want it to reflect your contemporary minimalist style. The answers to our 4 questions in this example are: 1. Living Room. 2. Yes, daytime and nightime. 3. Doesn't really matter. 4. West facing window so blockout fabric will help with the afternoon heat. The best solution? A double track with a sheer fabric on one track and a blockout fabric on the other track. Now lets look to your style, contemporary and minimalist, and make that configuration reflect it. OnlineCurtains Silver SheerThe final solution? A double satin silver Tubeslider with a wave curtain in a beautiful silver shimmer sheer on the front track and a  soft coloured blockout lining fabric for another wave curtain on the rear track. Follow this formula for every window or door you wish to curtain and you will get it right every time!    

Jul 10 2014

THE SEMI SHEER

Wilson-Winton-SheerWe love the Semi Sheer! This is the sheer curtain that isn't really sheer. The fabric allows soft light through but it isn't as "see through" as a normal sheer. The semi sheer is perfect for lots of different reasons. It's great for rooms where you don't want the room to be dark when the curtains are closed. It might be a room where the view outside isn't especially appealing or one where you would like the additional privacy without compromising the light. Maybe you just love the look of a translucent curtain. Winton Sheer Semi Sheer is perfect for the "Shabby Chic" look which is sometimes so difficult to get just right.
Blog-Fabric-PhotoAre you a DIY Decorator? Would you like to buy fabric by the metre? We will happily sell you any of the displayed fabrics on our website www.onlinecurtains.com (GST included). Contact Us at info@onlinecurtains.com with what you need and we can give you a freight cost to deliver to your door . Small meterages may attract supplier surcharges. Let us help you make your home beautiful!
Newsletter-Bedspread-and-Curtains-300xLike to have a bedspread to match or co-ordinate with the curtains you have ordered? LET US HELP....... Email us a picture of the look you love and include the following measurements: Length of Mattress Width of Mattress Height (from top of mattress to floor) We can email you a quote including GST and delivery to your door. Sweet dreams........  

Jun 12 2014

DO CURTAINS YOUR WAY!

We love this Quote from Billy Baldwin. He is often described as a design legend but he didn't like the term Interior Designer! We think this should inspire confidence in you to work out what you would love to see in your own homes....and go for it. Onlinecurtains.com gives over all the creative stuff to you....we just make sure that your ideas come to life. Got questions about curtains that are stopping you from getting on with your plans to decorate? Email us at info@onlinecurtains.com Newsletters-Wilson-Husk-Sheer-Pebble-Quote-
The first thing you must understand is: A CURTAIN IS MADE TO FIT A TRACK....NOT A WINDOW. Decide on the track and where and how you are going to attach it to the wall. This is usually above the window or doorway. You might want to extend the track on each side to make sure the glass is well covered for draughts. The next thing you need is a good quality metal tape measure that is only marked in millimetres. Many a measurement has been misread on a tape that has centimetres AND millimetres! At onlinecurtains.com we need you to enter all your measurements in millimetres. If you mistakenly enter your measurements in centimetres you might end up with a curtain that would only fit a doll's house! Now for what to measure...... A. Measure across the window from outside of the frame on one side to the outside of the frame on the other. B. Measure down from the top of the frame to the floor. With these measurements you can work out how long your track needs to be and how long your curtains need to be. C. Your track length would be your "across" measurement plus how far past the frame you would like the track to go on each side. D. Your curtain length is roughly the "down" measurement plus how far above the frame you would like your curtain to be. When you order your curtains from onlinecurtains.com you can have your track sent first so that you can fit it to the wall. We won't manufacture the curtains until you send us the final curtain length. this allows you to fine tune the final length by those last couple of millimetres. We also ask you for: E. The measurement from the top of the frame to the base of the cornice. This helps us to double check every measurement you give us to satisfy ourselves that you haven't made a mistake. If we think something doesn't look right we will contact you. Now go ahead with confidence and measure your windows. Make all your track and fabric selections, then enter these measurements and hey presto! you will have a quote for your new curtains including delivery to your door. Be your own decorator and create beautiful curtains that you will love for many years to come. For diagrams and track photos see "How to Measure Your Windows" at onlinecurtains.com

Jun 3 2014

SO, CAN WE HELP?

Are you thinking that an online business can't help you as well as the one you visit along the street? We think you should "think again"! At www.onlinecurtains.com, not only can you get an Instant Online Quote for Made to Measure Curtains, we are constantly surprised at the "Wow" emails we get from our clients thanking us for going the extra mile to help them find fabrics or just giving them a whole lot of information. We know that you don't buy curtains every day so we try to think of all the little things you won't have thought of when you ask for advice. Better still, it is in writing so you don't have to remember what we said! There is no such thing as a silly question. We take every opportunity to help you understand why some things can be done and why some things can't. We find that by giving you the information you need you are able to make better, more informed decisions. The usual response to our long informative emails is "Wow, I hadn't thought of that!" The thing is... we are thinking about it all the time! so, we are happy to let you in on all the secrets of how to end up with great Custom Made Curtains! To get your questions answered go to info@onlinecurtains.com  

May 18 2014

UPHOLSTERED PELMETS

Newsletter-Pelmet-PhotoWould you like upholstered Pelmets to go over your curtains? OnlineCurtains.com can also organise these in the same or a co-ordinating fabric to your curtains. Get your Instant Online Quote for your curtains (select a Traditional Track) and then email us at info@onlinecurtains.com for an offline quote for your Pelmet. Our Quote will include GST and Delivery to your door. We ask all the questions, give you instructions and make it easy for you!
Thank you WA for embracing our online quoting and ordering system for your Custom Made Curtains. We have delivered to so many of you and you have been a pleasure! We have helped you to find that perfect print and researched acoustic fabrics to make sure the noise in the Theatre room is kept under control. There are so many areas of Australia that don't have access to anyone who will make it easy to order Made to Measure Drapes. We like to think that our system and our service makes it a viable option to have proper Made to Order Curtains and not such a daunting task. Our complete online quoting system allows you to choose all your Fabrics, Lining, Tracks and Tiebacks that you love. We ask you to enter specific  measurements (no guessing) after which you will receive an instant quote. Your Quote includes GST as well as delivery to your Postcode. Once registered, you can do and hold as many quotes as you like. You can compare lots of different fabric and track combinations for as long as you like until you find the perfect look and price for you. If you need any help, we are a few typed words away. Don't hesitate, email us with any questions. We will also check the measurements you entered when you order and will ask questions if we think that something doesn't add up. If you order curtains without a track, we will email you to make sure we get the details of the track you are using so that your curtains arrive made and hooked to suit it. Go ahead, try it now, and join all those lovely people in WA who have great curtains!
 SO WHY SHOULD I LINE MY CURTAINS? Curtain linings Curtain linings do a number of things -
  • They assist with insulation in summer and winter to keep your power costs down.
  • They protect your fabric from the UV rays thereby protecting your investment.
  • They cut out light transference to darken your room.
  • They make the folds of the curtains hang better.
  • They help with noise control.
  • On a separate track behind sheers they give you options for daytime privacy, insulation and light control.
  The fabric properties that determine the effectiveness of your linings depend on three things: the type of fabric the lining is made from, the tightness of the weave or knit, and the thickness of the fabric. Linings are usually stitched into the pleated heading of your curtains but you can also choose to have your linings made so that they are detachable. Both the curtain and the lining will use the one hook but you will be able to separate the lining from the curtain for laundering. HOW WILL I KNOW WHICH LINING TO CHOOSE? When choosing a lining for your curtains there are some things you need to consider. The answers to the following questions will guide you to the best option.
  • What is the room used for? Bedroom, Living Room, Family Room?
  • What is the aspect of the window? North, South, East, West?
  • Are the windows protected by a wide awning or veranda?
  • Is there a need for privacy during the day? Facing the street?
  • How dark does the room need to be with the curtains closed?
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LININGS There are various base cloths that are used in the Soft Furnishings Industry as curtain linings. the three main ones are:
  • 100% Cotton Linings
  • 100% Polyester Linings
  • Coated Linings (1 Pass, 2 Pass, 3 Pass)
The industry also uses an interlining, called Bumph (either Cotton or Polyester), that sits between the lining and the decorative fabric. 100% Cotton Linings – If the cotton lining is lightweight and not dense then it becomes the least effective as an insulator but if it is a heavy dense weave, like a good quality sateen then it will be a effective insulator. Cotton Linings allow a soft diffused light to enter the room through the curtain fabric but be aware that as light is “yellow based”, especially in Australia, this can distort the colours you see in the curtain fabric. Cotton is easy to launder and if there are any mildew problems cotton is an easier fabric to treat than some other linings but please also remember there is a possible 3%-5% shrinkage factor for 100% Cotton. Coated Linings – Coated Linings can have a base cloth of 100% cotton, a mix of polyester and cotton, or 100% polyester. They have a layer of acrylic foam coating adhered to the back of the cloth. Coated Linings are described as 1 Pass, 2 Pass, or 3 Pass. All of these offer good thermal properties and UV protection but remember that the third consideration, the thickness of the fabric, is what gives 3 Pass, also known as Blockout Lining, the edge in UV protection and thermal rating. Coated Linings can be laundered by either washing or dry cleaning, or both, depending upon their composition, but if your windows are large then the meterage of fabric in your linings may be very difficult to handle in a domestic washing machine (some only recommend commercial cleaning)  and also, finding a suitable place to hang them correctly to dry might prove challenging. Also remember that all fabrics will state that there is at least a 3% possibility of shrinkage. 1 Pass - I Pass Coated Lining has a single layer of the coating on the base cloth so that it darkens the room but it still allows a diffused light to filter through the fabric. 2 Pass – 2 Pass Coated Lining has two layers of coating on the base cloth. The first layer is dark grey and the second layer is white. Unfortunately the dark grey coating tends to show through the base cloth to change its appearance to a very light grey. For this reason 2 Pass Coated Linings are rarely used. 3 Pass – 3 Pass Coated Lining has three layers of coating. The first layer is a white layer, the second is the dark grey of the 2 Pass Lining and the third layer is a final white coating. 3 Pass Lining is often described as Blockout Lining as you won’t be able to detect any light coming through the lining. It is ideal for darkening a room but be aware of light that can still come into the room from above the rod and at the sides of the curtain. If you want to maximum darkness remember to not just line your curtains with Blockout Lining but also return your curtains to the wall at each end of the track and to place a pelmet at the top. 100% Polyester Linings – Polyester Linings, whether knitted or woven, are naturally mould and mildew resistant, wash easily, and don’t shrink. Knitted versions are quite dense because of the knit and therefore give excellent UV protection. They are also ideal for lining light fabrics, sheers and laces so that you don’t loose the delicate look of the decorative fabric. They allow a lot of filtered light. Bumph Interlinings: Bumph is used as an interlining. It sits between the lining and the decorative fabric. Bumph comes in various weights and thicknesses and is available in both cotton and polyester base cloths. Bumph enhances the ability of a curtain to insulate and it also helps with noise reverberation. For luxurious fine fabrics like silks, it adds body and makes them drape better. Most bumph interlinings are Dry Clean only. THE BENEFITS OF LINING CURTAINS EXPLAINED Insulation: Once you understand that the way to keep warm air in and cold air out in winter (and vice versa in summer) is by trapping a layer of still air between the glass and the room, then it is easier to think through how to do it as effectively as possible. Trapping a layer of air (in various degrees of stillness) is what curtains do but a lined curtain makes it a thicker barrier and has the added benefit of creating another very thin layer of still air between the lining and the decorative fabric of the curtain. Remember that any gaps at the base, sides, and top of the curtains affects the degree of "stillness" of the air because gaps cause draughts.......which means that the air is not completely "still". Anything you can do to keep the air as still as possible, even if not perfectly so, will help with insulation. UV Protection: The lining of a curtain is always at the "coal face". It is always right there The UV is what breaks down the fibres to rot the lining so if it doesn't have good UV protection factor then the UV filters through to attack the decorative fabric. The condensation is mostly what causes mildew or mould on the linings. Light Control & Privacy: The amount of light control & privacy needed depends on the room as well as how you personally like to use the space. If a room is facing the street or if it is a bedroom that requires daytime privacy then a lining on a separate track behind a light curtain works well as it will give you the maximum flexibility for how and when and why you use the linings. A cotton lining, a polyester lining and a 1 Pass coated lining will allow filtered light so that, even if the lined curtains are mostly closed, you are not always entering a very dark room. A 3 Pass coated lining will black out all light that the eye can see but you must also remember that light can escape at the sides and at the top of the curtains so, for maximum light control, your curtains must be returned to the wall at both ends of the track that should be fitted well above the window (preferably top fixed to the ceiling) or under a pelmet. Noise Reduction: Acoustic fabrics used as linings and their ability to absorb sound waves to reduce reverberation within a room is a specialised area and we cannot, in this article cover the subject fully. Sound waves in many frequencies from low to high and different fabrics absorb frequencies differently. The rule for the effectiveness of acoustic fabric in order to assist with reverberation is that, for best results, the curtains should sit 1/4 of the wave length of the lowest frequency to be absorbed, from the wall and the ceiling. When considering general domestic curtaining, a thick lined curtain will still make a room considerably quieter and by adding a porous layer like a bumph interlining, it will be even more effective. Please remember that the ability of curtains (even with bumph interlining), whether acoustic or not,to keep external noise from a room is limited. It is also important to address the acoustic effectiveness of the windows, doors, wall, floors and ceilings. PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT! The best "value" for your money you will get from your new curtains is not related to the price you paid but to the enjoyment you will have over many years in loving what you chose for your home. The best way to protect that investment is to line your curtains!