Well dressed windows bring an air of elegance to the interior of any home and give a smart appearance to the exterior, so it's important to get the look just right.

The first step is to decide what curtains you’d like. You’ll see that we have a great selection of ready made curtains. Increasingly, however, people are opting for made to measure curtains so they can get that perfect fit. M2M curtains allow you complete control as you to decide on the lining and accessories you want and this appeals to many people. You will see that our M2M range is really varied, with everything from these beautifully crafted floral patterned pair to chic designs like this pair by Azurra in natural.

The next step is to decide what type of curtains you want to hang - pencil pleat or eyelet.

Pencil pleat curtains are so-called because once the folds at the top are gathered together, they look like a row of pencils. To create the pencil pleats, you simply pull the heading tape cords, which are then wound round a cord tidy which holds the pleats in position. With pencil pleat curtains, you have the choice of using either a curtain track or a curtain pole.

Eyelet curtains have a row of eyelets (circular holes into which metal borders are inserted) and must be hung on curtain poles. The folds on eyelet curtains are wider and softer than those found on pencil pleats.

Voiles are another option. These are very lightweight curtains which come in different shades and create a diffused light when hung at windows but are dense enough to create privacy when drawn.

Once you've decided whether you want to use a curtain pole or track, you'll need to determine what size you need.

Tracks and poles can be secured either to the window frame or the wall above it. Measure the width of the space on which you wish to install the track or pole. Don't forget to allow room for the curtains to be pulled back on each side of the window.

In the case of a curtain pole, make sure there is enough space for a finial at each end. To determine the correct width of curtain, measure the total width of the track or pole but do not include curtain pole finials. Once you've done this, add an extra inch which ensures the curtains will overlap in the middle when they are closed.

When measuring for curtain length, you'll have to decide how far you want them to fall - sill length, under the sill or right to the floor.

Sill length curtains finish 1.25cm (1/2 inch) above the sill. Curtains that fall below the sill finish 15cm (6 inches) below. Floor length curtains finish 1.5cm (1/2 inch) from the floor. Finally, and this is also an important part of window dressing, give the glass and frames a good clean before you hang your new curtains. It's much easier to do so at this stage than regret it later!

Have a question about curtains? Get in contact with our team on our Freephone number, 0800 622 6383