More than half (52%) of UK residents feel the pandemic has made them more environmentally conscious, according to Aviva’s recent How We Live report.
Which got us thinking about the options for paying heed to our planet when it comes to new curtains, blinds upholstery, loose covers and cushions. And there are three things worth bearing in mind:
The fabric itself
There are some fabulous options for those looking for beautiful soft furnishings that also have an eco-friendly angle. Our suppliers are increasingly focussing their efforts on making their processes more sustainable and their fabrics kinder to the planet. Which is great news.
Soft Furnishings expert Josie Foster said: “Most of my suppliers now offer more sustainable or eco-friendly fabric options so this is absolutely something I can take into account when working with clients.”
One such supplier is Linwood Fabrics. Verde, their latest cotton collection is woven with 80 percent recycled cotton – using offcuts from the fashion industry which saves on water and energy. It’s a plain cotton fabric that’s also chemical free and it comes in a fantastic 46 colours.
Added benefits of bespoke
Clearly, bespoke curtains and blinds will often have a higher initial cost than those that are ready made. But having something specially crafted to fit your space means that it will be properly fit for purpose. And using an expert mean that they can advise you on additional options. Such as adding a 100 percent cotton interlining (a lining sewn between the ordinary lining and the outer layer of the curtains or blind). This helps keep the room temperature level in Summer and Winter and can give curtains and soft blinds extra life.
Josie explained: “If you have well- fitting and good quality curtains and blinds then I always advise closing them as soon as it gets dark in the Winter. This can really make a difference to the temperature of the room and may even mean you can nudge the thermostat down a bit.”
Reuse and recycle
A good pair of bespoke curtains will often last upwards of 15 years. So, it’s likely that your love for them will wear out before they do! But that doesn’t need to be the end of them (or curtains if you will!). It’s often possible to rework unloved curtains for another room – they can be cut down of course but it’s also amazing what can be done with some clever edging in complementary or even contrasting fabric. And there’s always the option to use any offcuts for matching cushions. But, if you really are sick of the sight of your existing curtains then there are also curtain exchanges or, of course, you could donate them.
Josie added: “I always think it’s such a shame to discard perfectly good curtains. I totally understand that tastes and fashions change but you’d be amazed at some of the repurposing I’ve done over the years. It’s always worth exploring as an option!”
The team at Furnishings Studio has been passionate about soft furnishings since 1981 and, during that time, has worked with customers in homes and offices across London and the South East. We are always delighted to discuss ideas and possibilities and can be contacted by email or by phone on 020 8697 5503.