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  • Custom made curtains and blinds at Home Focus

    Every house is different, and that goes for every window and door too. Not every window will suit the size of ready made curtains, and in these cases, having custom curtains made can be the best option.

    All Home Focus stores can facilitate customers in having custom curtains made, from expert advice in choosing your fabric, to organising an expert maker to measure, make, and fit your beautiful custom made curtains.

    1. Why Choose Custom Made Curtains & Blinds?

    Not all windows are made equal. While many windows will be suitably sized for ready made curtains, this may not always be the case. Any window that falls outside the set range of available sizes for ready made curtains may require a custom job for a polished, beautiful finish.

    Have you fallen in love with a fabric that isn't available as a ready made curtain? If so, it's easy to get custom made curtains crafted in whatever curtain fabric you like. This is perfect for those searching for a really unique interior for their home, as you can be guaranteed that your custom curtains will be totally unique.

    Custom made blinds can be made to fit even the most awkward of windows and doors. Our expert makers will be sure to provide you with the perfect blinds for your room, with a polished finish.

    Let your individuality shine with beautiful custom curtains, direct from Home Focus at Hickeys. Just find your nearest store, get in touch, and get your order underway!

    2. How To Place Your Order.

    Placing your order for custom made curtains is easy. With the help of our expert staff, you'll have chosen your fabric and have had your window or door measured before you know it. Here are all the steps involved:

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    3. How Long Will It Take?

    Having your curtains custom made will of course take longer than getting your hands on some ready made curtains. Depending on the time of year, customers should expect a wait of approximately 4-6 weeks for custom curtains and 1-4 weeks for custom blinds between placing their order and having their order delivered and fitted. Customers would be advised to place their order well in advance of the Christmas season to ensure timely delivery and fitting or orders in time for the festive season.

    4. What Are The Other Options?

    If your window size is right, you can opt for ready made curtains, which can be immediately fitted to a suitable curtain pole. This doesn't require any special fitting, just our handy guide on hanging your ready made curtains!

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    Your guide on how to hang your curtains

    Whether your new ready made curtains are pencil pleat or eyelet, you don't need to hire someone to come out and hang them for you. Once you have a correctly sized and assembled curtain pole or rail, you're ready to get your new curtains hung!

    How To Hang Pencil Pleat Curtains:

    Pencil Pleat curtains don't need to be complicated to hang. By following these 4 simple steps, your pencil pleat curtains will be up and looking wonderful in no time!

    How to hang pencil pleat curtains

    How To Hang Eyelet Curtains:

    Eyelet curtains are very simple and easy to hang. They offer a natural pleated look, fit easy onto a pole, and require no pulling of heading tapes.

    Simply iron your curtains and hang them by threading the curtains on to your curtain pole, with the correct side of the curtains facing the room. They can easily be removed for cleaning.

    Ready for a change? Shop our wide range of ready made curtains and update your home!

  • How to hang custom made curtains

    Having invested time and money into having your custom curtains made, it's important to make sure that they look their absolute best in your home.

    If you're hanging your custom curtains yourself, there are a few easy steps to take which will ensure that your curtains hang beautifully and look amazing.

    Here's everything you need to know:

    How to hang your custom made curtains infographic and guide

  • Learn how to care for your fabrics with this guide

    How you care for your fabrics can be the difference between curtain and upholstery that last for years, and ones that are faded and frayed in no time at all. Understanding the washing symbols that come with a fabric is essential.

    By properly washing your curtain, upholstery, and dress fabrics, you're not only elongating their lives, but you're maintaining their texture and colour too! Many fabrics, such as silks and velvets, are dry clean only, so check carefully before beginning to clean your fabric.

    How to care for your fabric - washing instructions and symbols

  • How to choose the right duvet tog and filling for you

     

    Have you ever looked at the huge range of duvets available to purchase and wondered 'What's the difference?'. For many people, it can be difficult to know what type of duvet to look for, and to make a smart purchase.

    To make life a little bit easier, we've put together this handy guide on researching and purchasing the perfect duvet, to keep you warm and cosy on even the coldest of nights.

    Here's what you need to consider when buying your next duvet:

    1. Tog.

    A duvet's tog rating is one of its most important attributes. This tells you how well a duvet will trap warm air. Basically, the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet.

    Duvets start at a tog rating of around 3, which would be your lightweight summer duvet. A tog rating of between 7 - 10 is perfect for Spring and Autumn nights. A tog rating of over 10 is perfect for cold Winters, and means you'll be kept warm all night. Duvets with a lower tog rating are generally best for children also, as heavier duvets may well be uncomfortable and too warm for small children.

    Select a tog rating that's perfect for you, based on your own preferences. Anything from your home heating to whether you share a bed or not can affect the tog rating you need, so  make sure you think about your situation before you purchase!

    2. Filling.

    It's not just important that your duvet is filled, it's also important to think about what's filling it!

    There are countless options nowadays when it comes to choosing a duvet filling. From the hypo-allergenic health benefits of synthetic fillings, to the cloud-like comfort of goose down, the options are endless. It's important to consider your own needs when choosing the filling you would prefer. Let's take a look of the pro's and con's of a few varieties of fillings:

    Natural Fillings are best known for being breathable, perfect for keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Duck & Goose Down is a popular natural filling that is used world wide. Down is the soft, insulation feathers found very close to the bird's skin. These feathers are used to stuff both duvets and pillows, with goose being the higher quality, though more expensive, option. This type of filling provides a very warm and comfortable night's sleep. However, it may irritate those who suffer with allergies, and it's important to ensure that your goose or duck down is humanely sourced. Duvets stuffed with down are generally extremely durable, with a lifespan of around 10-20 years.

    Synthetic Fillings have the benefit of being lightweight, hypoallergenic, and faster drying after washing. Most also offer the same level of warmth as naturally filled duvets. Their lifespan is much shorter than that of a naturally filled duvet however, with regular washing diminishing that lifespan even further. Some modern synthetic duvets go so far as to successfully imitatation down duvets, perfect for those looking for the comfort of down, without the price tag!

    Washing your duvet is important in removing dust mites from your bedding. Washing at 60C is ideal for killing dust mites, and keeping your bedding fresh and dust-free.

    3. The Right Pillow.

    Your duvet is only as good as the pillow you rest your head on. A poorly chosen pillow can lead to a variety of back & neck problems, so picking the right one for you is important for maintaining your health.

    You may wish to choose a pillow type based on how you sleep. For example, those who sleep on their backs are recommended to use a pillow of medium firmness, for support and comfort and to maintain the correct alignment of the spine throughout the night. Someone who sleeps on their side might choose a firm pillow, to help support their head, neck and spine as they sleep, while someone who sleeps on their front should probably opt for a soft pillow, to support the head without disrupting spine alignment.

    Like duvets, pillows are also available with synthetic and natural fillings. You might choose a down filled pillow, which will be soft and comfortable. These pillows range in firmness (the more stuffing, the firmer they are). However, they are limited in just how much support they can provide. Synthetically filled pillows are becoming more and more popular, as memory foam options become more available due to their higher levels of support and associated health benefits.

    Again, washing your pillows regularly is of utmost importance. Pillows can usually be washed in a large capacity machine. Washing at 60C is ideal for killing any dust mites that may be residing inside your pillow. Synthetic pillows are useful in this regard due to their quick drying time.

    4. What Size?

    All our duvets come in set sizes of single, double, king, and superking, which are sized as follows:

    • Single: 135 X 200cm
    • Double: 200 X 200cm
    • King: 230 X 220cm
    • Superking: 260 X 220cm

    Knowing your bed size is essential for making the right decision on your new duvet.

    However you sleep, making the right decision on your duvet & pillows can be the difference between a good night's sleep and waking up unrested, with a sore neck and back. Do yourself a favour and invest in some top quality bedding, for a great nights' sleep.

    Shop a huge range of duvets and pillows at Home Focus

  • What is Hygge? We explore the concept from Denmark

    The Danish concept of 'Hygge' is taking the world of interior design by storm, and for good reason.

    But what is Hygge? And should you care? 

    Hygge, pronounced 'hoo-gah', is the Danish idea of comfy and cosy living. This includes enjoying down-time with family and friends, as well as taking that hour to yourself to wrap up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea with a good book, guilt free. This idea has made its way into interior design, with warm throws and blankets with chunky wool knits and comforting candles dominating idea-sharing networks such as Pinterest & Instagram in the last few weeks and months.

    Unlike some other interior trends, however, Hygge isn't hard to achieve. Plus, it promotes DIY crafts such as knitting and sewing, which are perfect for down-time and meditation.

    Hygge is one of the easiest trends to achieve at home, so it's perfect for anyone to try. Here's how you can get started:

    1. Start crafting!

    Crafting is the perfect activity when you're looking for some alone time. What's better for promoting a peaceful outlook than sitting down and spending an hour quietly knitting or sewing? No distractions, no multi-tasking, just you and your craft. After all, in this busy, non-stop world, we all need some time to switch off and relax. So get knitting or crafting today!

    Craft is a great way to promote Hygge

    2. Promote warmth & comfort at home.

    Many interior design trends don't list comfort as a priority. This is not the case with Hygge. If it's not warm and comfortable, it's not Hygge. If you want to get in on this trend, you need to create a home that's a haven for the weary. Place warm throws on your couches and arm chairs. Ensure scented candles are adding an ambiance in the evening. Prepare decluttered spaces for hobbies, such as a quiet reading corner with a comfortable chair, nice blanket, and a convenient space for your cup of tea. Before you know it, your home will be the living embodiment of Hygge!

    Placing throws and blankets around your home is essential for Hygge

    3. Decorate with calming colours.

    When decorating your home for comfort, it's important to utilise colours that you find calming. Try choosing neutral, natural or pastel shades to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. Whether it's cushions, throws, or pictures around the room, promoting calmness and peacefulness when decorating should always be front of mind.

    4. Use the right textures

    What creates a comforting and warm effect better than wool, felt, and other cosy textures? Choose knitted throws, velvet cushions, and other textures you might like. Pick what suits you too - use materials that may have a nostalgic value to you, and create your own personalised refuge from the stresses of life within your home.Wool textures are perfect for creating Hygge

    5. Keep it up outside the home

    Hygge isn't just for weekends, it's for life! Promote calmness and balance on a day to day basis too. This means spending time with friends and family, taking a walk, enjoying a guilt-free slice of cake, or taking a long, uninterrupted bath. Generally, just take time to stop and smell the roses. Make sure you take some time to yourself on a daily basis, and indulge in the activities that make you happy!

    Understanding Hygge, the key to Danish life

    There's good reason why residents of Denmark are noted as being the happiest in the world. It's a country where peacefulness and self-care are widely promoted, and the world is starting to take note as countries and communities across the world begin to mimic this ideology - from the world of fashion, to food.

    Add Hyyge to your home with ease:

     

    Hygge is easy to achieve with Home Focus

    Get involved in one of the world's healthiest trends, and let us know your best Hygge tips and tricks, for creating a peaceful, balanced life!

  • Tablescapes-Mini-Makes

    Frill and Fluff

    You will need:

    Method:

    1. Fold the napkin in half. Fold the left-hand short edge in about 1/3, then fold the right-hand short edge on in to form a rectangle.
    2. Wrap the chiffon/lace ribbon lenghtways around the napkin and secure at the back with a dot of fabric glue or double sided sticky tape.
    3.  Wrap the satin ribbon around the napkin widhtways and tie in a simple. Tuck the feathers into the bow. Attach name tag around the chiffon/lace ribbon to lie on top of the feathers.

    Diamante Elegance

    You will need:

    • Crisp white napkins.
    • Diamante clasps.
    • 2 to 3 Matching ribbons in various widths, 1 to be chiffon.
    • Length of plain fabric to match ribbons and contrast with napkin.
    • Scissors.

    Method:

    1. Fold the napkin in half. Fold the left-hand short edge in about 1/3, then fold the right-hand short edge on in to form a rectangle.
    2. Wrap approx 30cm of coloured fabric around the napkin leaving a border of crisp white napkin showing along the top and bottom.
    3. Layer 2 to 3 ribbons on top of each other in descending widths.
    4. Wrap the ribbons around the back of he napkin and thread through the clasp at the front leaving a long tail on show.
    5. Layer 2 to 3 ribbons on top of each other in descending widths.
    6. Cut the ribbon "tails" at an angle to with a sharp scissors to create a clean elegant look.

    Summer Fun

    You will need:

    Method:

      1. Fold the napkin in half. Fold the left-hand short edge in about 1/3 of the way, then fold the right-hand short edge in to form a rectangle.
      2. Cut out mini triangle from the cotton quarter pack using a pinking sheers to avoid fraying or the need to hem.
      3. Take approx 30cm of ribbon and attach 2 to 3 contrasting "bunting" triangles to the centre of the ribbon using the iron on Wundaweb.
      4. Wrap the mini string of bunting around the folded napkin and tie at the back.
      5. To dress the chairs, simply cut approx 1.5cm of 3 to 4 different coloured wide width ribbons and tie with a slip knot to one corner of the chair. Face the ribbon to the back of the chair so your guests will see them when they walk into the room.

     

     

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    Image Prestigious Textiles fabric used Superstar Graphite

    Finding the perfect lampshade to match your décor can sometimes be a difficult quest. Our easy step by step guide to making your own lampshade is the perfect solution! Using the fabric of your choice and Needcrafts lampshade kit we will show you how to make your own professional looking lampshade giving you total control of fabric, colours, texture and finish.

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    How to measure for ready made curtains

    Fit Your Pole or Curtain Rail

    For best results fit your pole or curtain rail before measuring. To fit correctly measure the width of your window and add 20 to 40cm (12 to 16"), this will give you a 15 -20cm clearance either side of your window, so curtain can be drawn clear of the window allowing maximum light through.  Position your pole or curtain rail 15cm above your window recess and centre ensuring you have 15-20cm (6-8").

     

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    To determine curtain width:

    Measure the width of your curtain pole (exclude finials) or track. Do not measure the window. To give a nice fullness when the curtains are closed we recommend the following:

    • For pencil pleat curtains - 2 - 2.5 times the width of the pole or curtain rail.
    • For Eyelet Curtains - 1.5 to 2 times the width of the pole or curtain rail.

    To determine the drop (length):

    Measure from the top of the rail or bottom of the pole ring (where pole is to be exposed when curtains are hanging) to the required length. There are 3 typical positions:

    • 15cm (6") below the window sill (assuming no obstructions such as a radiator).
    • 2.5cm (1") above the radiator.
    • 2.5cm (1") above floor level.

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  • Make your Christmas table extra special! We've had a look around the web for a little inspiration that will help make your festive table stand out this year.

    Scandinavian Style (image: www.hibs100.co.uk). scandi-styleCreate this look with springs of greenery, candles and simple ornaments in red and white. For more details visit: hibs100.co.uk deck-the-halls-scandi-style.

    Back To Nature (image: deliciousmagazine.co.uk). DeliciousThree quick, easy and inexpensive Christmas table styling ideas from Delicious Magazine.  See more at Delicious.

    Rosemary Wreath Place Cards (image thehappierhomemaker.com). hAPPY-HOMEMAKER

    Add a personal touch with these rosemary wreath place cards from The Happier Homemaker. Rosemary Wreath Place Cards.

    Edible Feast! (image: yellowblissroad.com).Yellow-bliss-road

    Fill glass jars with cranberries, greenery and candles for a simple fresh centrepiece. See Yellow Bliss Road for more table decorating inspiration.

    Pile It High! (image: redonline.co.uk).red-online

    Create a sense of drama in small dining areas, hang stars, baubles, lanterns and fairy lights from the ceiling for a dramatic effect that won't infringe on limited eating space. See New & Easy Ways to Decorate for Christmas from redonline.co.uk for more ideas.

     

    Christmas Tree Napkins (image deliciousmagazine.co.uk)Christmas-tree-Napkins

    Add some festive flair to your dining table with this Christmas tree shaped napkins. Follow the step by step video with Delicious Magazine here.

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