Second-Hand Curtain Categories and their differences

Second-Hand Curtain Categories and their differences

The Divinely Vintage website contains several second-hand curtain categories and their differences are important to understand. The 3 main categories are extra-long second-hand curtains, extra-wide second-hand curtains and country house/vintage curtains.

We have customers with lots of different requirements and sourcing curtains for them sometimes takes quite a bit of time. We therefore thought we would share information about the most popular categories and their differences.

Extra Long Second-Hand Curtains 300 cms and longer

This category is for all our extra long second-hand curtains which have drops of at least 300 cms. This ties in with our well established and very popular Long Curtains WhatsApp Group. Of all our second-hand curtain categories, this one is pretty much the most popular because of the number of curtains we get in from big old country houses and estates, most of which are Georgian or older. It has to be said that most of these we sell are going off to a new life in another old country house. However some curtains do get re-modelled so their finished length is often somewhat shorter.

Extra Wide Second-Hand Curtains

This category is for all our pairs of extra-wide second-hand curtains which all have a maximum width of more than 125 ins or 325 cms. Extra wide curtains, especially extra-wide second-hand curtains, are wonderful for keeping out draughts, especially if they have interlining as well and this is a godsend in the battle against draughts. Many of these curtains will be vintage or country house standard so will also appear in that category as well.

Curtains in this category and mainly pinch/goblet pleat or pencil pleat. The difference to us is that for pinch or goblet pleat curtains we measure the top fixed header of one curtain and then double it for the pair. However we then take off 6 ins or 15 cms from the maximum width to create a Best Width which created a more relaxed look to the curtains when closed. We should make it clear that we give both the ‘best width’ and the maximum width the curtains will fit in all our listings.

Country House/Vintage Second-Hand Curtains

This product category is for all our second-hand curtains which have already had a fairly long life, often more than 20/30 years. If we describe them as ‘vintage’ curtains they are over 20 years old. Country House is an indication that the curtains have probably been in a large country house for many a year. They might well not be looking their best now, for instance silk curtains will often have frayed leading edges. However this can always be remedied and, like all our other second-hand curtains, they deserve another life in a new setting with customers who will love them.