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Client Brief Part 2

The Purpose of a Curtain and Client Brief for Curtain and Drapery Design

In today’s lesson we will learn about the purpose of a curtain or drape and the client brief. I will create an overview of these topics and then send you off to read more in your own time to add more depth to each area.

Taking The Client Brief for Curtain and Drapery Design

Like any design project if you do not get the correct client brief, you cannot possibly hope to achieve your desired goal in the eyes of your client as you both have differing visions of the outcome.

Therefore quality time spent at the beginning of your curtains project actually finding out what your client’s needs and wants are will definitely help you achieve the desired outcome for everyone.

Taking a client brief isn’t as scary as it seems and I have a few articles that you can read on this so I won’t take up too much time now, I will just give you the main things to remember, you will find all the structured information in the articles online.

Get inside your client’s head, (find out if the are allergic to patterns.)

Find out what they really want (you have to dig for a while and attack from all angles to get to the bottom of this and it is definitely worth the hard work!)

Look at the environment that you have to work with, i.e. existing floor coverings, furniture, walls (will simply changing the curtains be enough?)Read more on Surrounding Influences

Look at how the client uses the spaces, you don’t want to have to fiddle with elaborate draperies in the children’s bedrooms, as they are curtains that are drawn frequently and will probably be played with by the children, better off to have a roman blind that is out of reach for example.

Practical issues – assess the type of window, is there space above, beside the window for curtains and fitting tracks, are the windows high, can the curtains be reached to be drawn, are the windows accessible, do they need a permanent window covering, are the windows wide, how will you manage the weight of the fabric on the tracks? These are all practical and physical issues that will influence the curtain choices and decision making. Best to make sure that the client knows of any limitations at the beginning so there is no disappointment at a later date.

Budget – I almost forgot this one! It is probably one of the most pressing issues as curtains are a major part of home decoration and therefore a major expense. It makes life easier if you set an overall sum and then work it back by how many meters of fabric you need, then you can work out the price per meter and search within the budget range. The fabric is probably the most expensive part of the curtains, so doing it this way will mean you make realistic fabric selections. Later we will look at measuring and estimating. Read more about

budget requirements

Once you have considered these factors you can start to create the picture of what you can and can’t do with the curtains. You will have set your parameters for the project and can then work to you and your client’s goal practical, functional and aesthetically pleasing curtains for the right price.

Articles to read about getting your client brief

The key to successful design is a good client brief

The Design Process

The Purpose of a Curtain or Drape

This is related to the client brief because we need to know what we want our curtains or drapes to do. Are they there purely for decoration or do we want them to make the room warmer?

So I have mentioned above a couple of things that curtains do, we will expand on them now.

Insulation – curtains and linings provide insulation from the cold and drafts of the window, they also reduce the heat loss from the room.

Noise Reduction – curtains and linings help reduce noise coming from outside the window.

Keeping Light Out – Curtains keep out the light in the mornings allowing you to sleep in!

Privacy – Curtains allow you to keep unwanted people from looking through your windows.

Disguising – curtains are great for distraction, they allow you to block out poor views from windows, or balance uneven windows in a room.

Decoration – curtains are wonderful for dressing up an interior, for helping create themes and styles, for adding color, pattern and texture, adding softness and intimacy to a space.

Related Articles on these areas

Curtain Linings – read about insulation, noise reduction, keeping light out and privacy here.

Curtain Linings – read about the types of curtain linings that allow these curtain lining features to be successful.

Great you have started your ecourse on curtain and drapery design, and you have just finished reading part two. Congratulations, if you still have time, go and read your related articles, if not come back again and read them in your spare time. In two days time you will receive your next lesson Types and Styles of Curtains, so don’t forget to add this email address to your white list, and if you don’t receive it in two days, then look in your spam email box, and if you just can’t wait for two days then you can find part three here online.

Bye for now


Lee Brown

Curtain Design Ecourse Coordinator