Our curtains and blinds service
We offer a very personalised and individual curtains and blinds service to help you through the entire process of choosing – from advising, measuring to making up to the final installation, all in our exclusive range of fabrics.
Our range of fabrics
The Prêt à Vivre fabrics are predominantly plains, semi-plains and textured fabrics, priced from £20 – £70 per metre and are all held in stock in the UK. Most of these fabrics are also suitable for upholstery and can be bought by the metre. It is our policy that fabrics in our exclusive Prêt à Vivre range are held in stock right here in the UK. This means you don’t have to wait a further 4 weeks for us to take delivery of the fabric.
How to view the range?
Our core range of fabrics for curtains, blinds and soft furnishings is shown on this website – please visit our fabrics section – and in the Prêt à Vivre directory which is free for you to order. We also display our complete fabric range made up as curtains, blinds or simply hanging as large pieces of fabric in our 5 London showrooms Notting Hill, Islington, Muswell Hill, Wimbledon and Fulham. This helps you to visualise how your curtains and blinds will look in your home.
Feel the fabrics / check the colours
Free samples can be requested by telephone, email and online to UK addresses only, so you can feel the fabrics and match them to wallpaper, paints and furniture. We offer a maximum of up to 5 samples free of charge if we are sending them to you by post. You can also pick up samples from any of our 5 London showrooms. You can either send us or bring into the showroom samples of your paint, wallpaper, flooring etc and we will select a range of samples which will work with your scheme.
Large samples (full width x 100 cm approx.) are also available and are charged at the current price per metre which is refunded if returned within 30 days.
Please note that we can supply a maximum of 5 samples to European addresses but a postage charge of £7.50 will be added. Advance Payment of this amount should be made to our bank account Prêt à Vivre Sort Code 54 10 23 Account # 36478040 or call our Head Office with your credit card details. We are not able to send fabric samples to the USA.
There are always variations between batches so please request a stock cutting of your final choice of fabric if you are sensitive to shade.
Our range of made to measure products
Prêt à Vivre also offers a service for made to measure curtains, Roman blinds, roller blinds, Venetian blinds, cushions, tie backs, headboards, bed valances etc. We advise and supply on the most suitable hanging systems for curtains and blinds including wooden poles, wrought iron poles, acrylic poles, tracks, lath & fascias, pelmets. We also offer fully motorised blinds and curtains as a stand-alone system or integrated into a full home automation system.
Our highly trained and experienced sales staff have an excellent knowledge of all the fabrics and made to measure curtains and blinds. They can help you choose the most suitable fabric, colour and style. They are also familiar with all the major designer paint ranges so can propose fabrics which work well with these shades. Most of these paint cards are held in the showrooms for easy reference.
Our measuring service
We can either work with your measures or we provide a measuring and installation service in most areas of the UK. A visit to take the measures is usually charged at £60; please call for confirmation with your postcode. This fee is normally refunded against a subsequent order for curtains and blinds of over £600 (excluding fitting). If you are supplying your own measures call our expert sales team for help and advice.
How to get a quote
You can get a quote by e-mailing your measurements, or by calling us or visiting one of our showrooms. It is helpful to send us images of the windows as well as the measures as we can discuss exact fixing point for the curtains and blinds.
Home Consultancy service
If you require more help to choose your curtains and blinds, one of our interior design team can come to your home with paint cards and our fabric range to help you make a decision on the nest style, shade and texture for your soft furnishings. A home visit costs from £125 and is refundable against an order of over £1,000 (excluding fitting).
How to place an order
You can place as order by e-mailing us, calling us or via one of our showrooms. We will send you an Order Confirmation which you will need to approve.
How long does it take?
Orders for fabrics by the metre will be dispatched within 24 – 48 hours. If the fabrics is out of stock you will be advised of an estimate delivery date. Bespoke products take 3 to 4 weeks if we send them direct to you. If you choose our fitting service please allow for extra time (up to a further 2 weeks).