How to tell it's time to replace your curtains

While some indications are more obvious than others, realising it’s time to get new curtains can be an opportunity to restyle your home the way you want, tie your current style together or fix problems you may not have even considered.

They may not seem that important, but you can find curtains or blinds in essentially every room of your house. So, while it’s important maintain them, it’s also worth knowing when it’s time to replace them.


The most obvious signs that curtains need replacement is when they’re too old to be repaired, or they’re not worth the effort.

If they’re frayed at the edges, have noticeable holes or are looking musty or mouldy, you should already have taken them down. But especially when they’re faded, it’s worth taking a step back to see how they’re affecting your room.

Constant exposure to the sun, especially with the sunlight we receive in New Zealand, causes fabrics to degrade over time; and to curtains this can mean that they’re no longer fit for purpose. If you can see through them, or if they’re not helping to keep your home warm at night, it’s worth considering a replacement set that get the job done right.

More often than not, with aged curtains also come a variety of patterns and styles that are no longer current. Regardless of whether you’re the kind of person that keeps their furniture up to date with the latest trends or enjoys things just the way they are, a new set of curtains can be styled to your exact preference – providing a breath of fresh air into your home or tying together that look you’re after.

Sloane by James Dunlop

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