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Fabric News and Tips

Material World, Naas - Now Open every Sunday from 2pm - 5pm

We're constantly looking for ways to improve our customer service and to make it easier for you to get your fabrics when you want them. You can now shop at our fabric store in Naas every Sunday between 2pm - 5pm.

Measuring Guide - Curtains and Roman Blinds

Our expert team are happy to help you calculate the correct fabric requirements for your window. Please call or email us at +353 (0)45 879663 or

Otherwise, please ensure to measure your window carefully and follow our guide below prior to ordering. Be sure to double check your measurements to ensure your measurements are correct.

Measuring for curtains on a Pole:

Measurement A (See Fig.A) is the length of the curtain pole, excluding finials. The curtain pole should be fixed 15cm/6"above the window and extend 15cm-20cm /6"-8" each side.

Measurement B (See Fig.A) is the finished length of the curtains for French Pleat, Pencil Pleat and Goblet Pleat styles. Measure the distance from the bottom of the ring on A to the floor or 6"/15cm below the window sill.

We suggest this as a guideline to fit on a pole/rail for French Pleat or Goblet Pleat using a 54" wide fabric.

  • 1.22mt / 4ft pole/rail 3 lengths of fabric
  • 1.83mt/ 6ft pole/rail 4 lengths of fabric
  • 2.44mt/8ft pole/rail 5 lengths of fabric
  • 3.48mt/ 10ft pole/rail 6 lengths of fabric
  • 3.65mt12ft pole/rail 7 lengths of fabric

Please note that hems and matching must be added to each length of fabric to calculate the amount of fabric required.


Measuring for an Inside Recess Roman Blind

A. Width: Measure the width (See Fig.B) of the recess in your window from wall to wall. Measure at various points to ensure the widths are equal and that the window is square. Always use the smallest measurement. A small deduction for clearance will be taken by us from your supplied measurements to ensure your blind can operate smoothly and fits within the recess.

B. The drop: Measure the height (See Fig.B) of your window recess from top to sill. Measure at various points to ensure the lengths are equal and that the window is square. Always use the smallest measurement.

Measuring for an Outside Recess Roman Blind

A. Width: Measure the preferred width of your Roman Blind. (See Fig.B)

B. The Drop: Measure the preferred length of your Roman Blind. (See Fig.B)


Window Treatments - Where to Start

Few decorating tasks are more intimidating than outfitting a room of empty windows. Take the terror out of the decision making by following these easy steps.

The first step is to decide on what style of window treatment you want to go for. The style of your house, windows and furniture are a good starting point in the selection of the right fabric and treatment to both enhance and blend with your overall concept.

Soft window treatments include sheers, curtains, drapes, swags, valances, blinds and roman shades. All of these options, either alone or together, suit specific type of houses. A crisper, cleaner finish with fewer details and clean lines will suit a modern style house. Our new range of ribbon fringing is also popular with younger customers. More elaborate, layered treatments with additional fringing can work beautifully with older, more characterful houses.

A combination of two or more of these elements is a 'layered' window treatment and needs special attention for very precise measuring. We are always more that happy to help you in both the selection of the right fabrics and custom measurements.

The next step is to choose your colours and whether to go with a plain or patterned fabric. It is vital to ensure that your fabrics blend with your room scheme, so make sure the fabrics you choose are complimentary. The same rules apply here. If your house is modern in style, it is better to go with a style of fabric that will enhance this modernity, so block colours, graphic prints and bold choices can work best. Older, more traditional houses tend to meld better with florals, prints and more muted shades.

To make your selection easier, order samples of your shortlist and compare them in your home. We would recommend viewing them in different light to ensure you're completely happy before you buy. As all sample costs are redeemable against your purchase price it makes sense to try before you buy.

Your final step is to choose your accessories. Whatever your style, we have a full range of tie-backs and fringing to suit your requirements.

Our fully trained staff are always on hand to help you in your decision process. So view our extensive range of fabrics and accessories online or call into our shop. Either way, you're sure to find the best selection of high quality fabrics at competitive prices.



Selecting Upholstery Fabric

Some elements of selecting upholstery fabric may seem pretty obvious, such as selecting a color, but it's always good to focus on your needs too. Here are some other factors you might want to consider.


When choosing your fabric style, take into account the age, style and character of the piece you're covering. Traditional fabrics tend to work better with traditional furniture and modern fabrics with sleeker modern frames. There are however always exceptions to the rule, so don't be afraid to experiment.

Some fabrics can appear casual, whilst others will have a distinctively formal feel - make sure your fabric choice ehoes the theme that has been established for the room.

The scale of the pattern should relate to the scale of the piece you are covering, as well as the room size. Large, bolder patterns will tend to work better in a larger space with muted, smaller patterns working best in smaller rooms.


Your colour choice has to please you first and foremost, but it's a good rule to avoid delicate or light coloured fabrics if you're sharing your home with children or pets!

Colour can effect your mood, so consider the colour temperature. Since warm (e.g. yellow, orange, red) and cool (e.g. white, green, blue) colors affect the ambience of the room, make sure you’re choosing the right fabric for the right mood.

If the piece of furniture is to sit near a window, avoid bold colours that will be susceptible to fading.

But most importantly, always choose a fabric that pleases your senses - it should appeal to your eye as well as to your touch. We're always delighted to advise you on which fabrics in our extensive range will best suit your requirements.


Free Shipping

We are now offering free shipping for all orders to Ireland and UK over €100!