Joanne Cassabois
Founder & Director

Our Service

We are committed to offering an efficient but personalised service from start to finish on projects from single rooms and small apartments to entire houses. Our highly trained and experienced designers 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. We make the process as easy as possible with one of our designers taking you through these steps:

  • Introduce the ranges of fabrics selecting samples to be viewed at home
  • Advice on options for hanging systems and different styles of curtains and / or blinds
  • Organise a measure with one of our skilled fitters
  • Prepare full written quotation with details of where each product is fitted and how it is to look
  • Order placed with 50% deposit and Order Confirmation approved
  • Curtains & blinds fitted within 4 – 6 weeks of Order Confirmation approval

This can be discussed directly with our designers over the telephone or in our showrooms or we can visit your home.

Our Range of Fabrics

  • Prêt à Vivre fabrics are predominantly plains, semi-plains and textured fabrics in cottons, linens, cotton linen mixes, silks, velvets and voiles.
  • All our fabrics are held in stock in our warehouse in Nottinghamshire
  • All the cottons and linens are woven in traditional family run European mills using French and Belgium linen yarns
  • We are making curtains and blinds in all these ranges so can advise how suitable they are for any window treatment.
  • All our range can be seen made up as curtains or blinds in our 4 London showrooms.
  • Most of our fabrics are suitable for upholstery but not are FR treated.
  • All our fabrics can be purchased by the metre and dispatched within 24 – 48 hours of order
  • They are priced from £25 to £99 per meter with most of the range between £32 – £45.
  • We sell all our fabrics by the metre and most are suitable for upholstery.
  • We are the exclusive distributor in London of French weavers Toiles de Mayenne.


Feel The Fabrics / Check The Colours

  • To understand the real quality and feel of our fabrics please visit one of our 4  London showrooms where you will see all the range made up as curtain or blind which will help you select your free samples
  • we carry a full range of samples of all our ranges  in all the showrooms and many of the most popular paint brand colour cards to enable you to choose the correct shades.
  • Our services includes free stock cuttings of your final choice of fabric if you are sensitive shade as there are always variations between batches of fabrics
  • Large samples from 1 – 3 metres in any of our ranges are also available and are charged at price per metre and refunded in full if returned within 30 days
  • Samples can also be requested by telephone or email ( to a UK address but will be limited to 5 due to the cost of postage.
  • Samples to addresses outside the UK will be chargeable


  • Our highly trained and experienced designers have an excellent knowledge of all the fabrics and made to measure curtains and blinds and they can help you choose the most suitable fabric, colour and style for your windows.
  • Our designers will be happy to give you quotes on any options for made to measure curtains and blinds if you call either in the showroom or on the telephone with your rough measures.
  • Our showrooms are unique in that all our range of fabrics are shown made up with different heading styles and linings to make it easier to choose.
  • Our website also feature many images of recent projects which have been professionally photographed. In the showrooms we have more images which have been taken at installations to help you choose the best option for your windows.
  • Our designers 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 & Fitting Service

  • We provide a measuring and installation service within M25 and other areas of the UK by request. A visit to take the measures is usually charged at £75 if within the Greater London postcodes; a small additional charge may apply for other postcodes – please enquire.
    This fee is refunded against a subsequent order for curtains and blinds of over £750 (excluding fitting).
  • Prior to booking a measure we encourage you to supply rough measures of your windows and some images taken by your phone for us to prepare a rough quote. This will enable us to give some initial advice as to the most suitable window dressing and also to understand your budget and personal preferences.
  • If you are supplying your own measures call our expert sales team for help and advice.
  • All our products are fitted by our in – house experienced professional curtain fitters.

Please note that this fee is a contribution only to the cost of the providing this measure service; the measures taken are for Pret a Vivre use only and will not be supplied in the event you choose not to go ahead with an order.

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 best style, shade and texture for your soft furnishings. This is just part of our service which sets us apart.

A home visit costs from £125 and is refundable against an order of over £1,000 (excluding fitting).

Our Range Of Made To Measure Products

Our service at Prêt à Vivre includes made to measure

Curtains & tie backs                                             Venetian Blinds

Roman blinds                                                        Cushions

Roller blinds                                                          Headboards & bed valances

We advise and supply on the most suitable hanging systems for curtains and blinds including

  • Integra & Silent Gliss tracks
  • Wrought iron,
  • Wood & Perspex poles
  • Lath & Fascias
  • Pelmets

We are experts in motorised curtains and blinds; we are an official supplier of Somfy motors and accessories. Our range include:

  • Battery operated motors –  lithium or re-chargeable or solar pack
  • Wired- in motors
  • Motorised blinds and curtains can be operated by
  • Remote controls
  • Wire free wall switches
  • Smart Home hub, Tahoma which uses mobile phone or tablet app for remote control
  • Integration to a Home automation system e.g Creston, Lutron, Control4, KNX, AMX, Rako  etc

How to obtain a quote or place an order?

You can get a quote for our service by e-mailing your measurements, filling out the form to the right, 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.

London Showrooms

Fulham Showroom
160 Wandsworth Bridge Road
020 7384 0426
Islington Showroom
69 Cross Street
N1 2BB
020 7704 6594
Notting Hill Showroom
20 All Saints Road
W11 1HG
020 3039 3322
Muswell Hill Showroom
81 Fortis Green Road
N10 3HP
020 3005 8668
Head Office & Outlet
Shelton Lodge
NG23 5JJ
01949 851178

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.


For general enquiries regarding any of the products or services we offer please use the form below and we will get back to you as quick as we possibly can!

Personal Service

On line, over the telephone, or in one of our 4 showrooms you will be looked after and guided through the whole process by one of our designers

Expert Service

Professional advice at all stages of this process from measure through to quote and order whether you are buying 1 roller blind or a fully integrated home automation for a whole house

Price Match Promise

We offer you the most competitive solutions for your curtains and blinds; we promise to match any like for like quote from a high street retailer for the same size and specification of product

Quality Products

Traditionally woven fabrics from family run European mills & yarn suppliers which are shown made up in all of our showrooms

Personal Touch

Curtains and blinds made by our skilled seamstresses working in either workrooms or within their homes in and around Nottinghamshire

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