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After more than twenty years on the Archway Road, Changing Curtains has been re-imagined (see 'info' page for reasons why)

Our refurbishment is now complete and Changing Curtains has been transformed into
Inspiring Your Home

We were already North London's finest curtain shop, but now it is all fresh and new and lovely, please look at some of these pictures to give you an idea

Our new shop opening hours are
9am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday
Plus we can make special arrangements for Interior Designers and previous clients

We have evolved, we are not just a simple Curtain Shop, we have an amazing installation team and we supply and install
Curtains - Blinds - Shutters - Awnings - Curtain Poles - Curtain Tracks - Motorised Curtains - Motorised Blinds - Roof Blinds - Carpets - Wooden Flooring

Pop in, and let us Inspire You


Designer furniture (which we also now sell) in our consulting area where clients and Interior Designers might peruse the latest fabrics in North London's finest Designer Fabric showroom, also displaying an uplit sheer wave curtain to disguise an otherwise plain wall
Designer furniture (which we also now sell) in our consulting area where clients and Interior Designers might peruse the latest fabrics in North London's finest Designer Fabric showroom
Note the uplit sheer wave curtain to soften an otherwise plain wall
One of North London's widest selections of Designer Fabrics some surprisingly inexpensive
Some of the fabric books and hangers, a large selection of Designer fabric books but also many more inexpensive choices selected and curated by our superb sales team
A wide range of blind and shutter samples on display in possibly the best blind and shutter shop in North London
Blinds and Shutters on display

A display of curtains in our North London showroom using various fabrics with a selection of curtain headings - Pinch Pleat, Cartridge Pleat, Wave Heading, Inverted Pleat, Pencil Pleat and more
A display of curtains in various fabrics with a selection of curtain headings (Pinch Pleat, Cartridge Pleat, Wave Heading, Inverted Pleat, Pencil Pleat etc) to help you make an informed choice
Working display of motorised blinds and curtains in North London
Motorised Blinds and Curtains all on display in North London - please come in and have a play
Carpet and Flooring samples in our London showroom
London Flooring and Carpet showroom in our Lower Ground Floor area


A wide range of fabrics, traditional and contemporary window treatments,
a complete service from measuring through to installation

Just a few of our fabric suppliers are listed below

Cole & Son - - - Designers Guild - - - Christian Lacroix - - - Edinburgh Weavers - - - Romo
Osborne & Little - - - Sanderson - - - Colefax and Fowler - - - Mark Alexander
- - - Jane Churchill
Black Edition - - - Manuel Canovas - - - Villa Nova - - - JAB- - - Andrew Martin - - - Lorca
 Harlequin - - - Kirkby Design - - - Carlucci di Chivasso - - - Morris & Co - - - Prestigious - - - Kai
Nina Campbell - - - Linwood - - - Scion - - - KU-Excellence - - - Christopher Farr Cloth - - - Blendworth



Inspiring Your Home

186 Archway Road, Highgate, North London, N6 5BB
020 3893 7778

We started as a local traditional curtain shop located in North London that combines classic and contemporary in both materials and styles, we maintain our position by constantly updating our products and fabrics.

We have evolved, we are not just a simple Curtain Shop, we have an amazing installation team and we supply and install Curtains , Blinds , Shutters , Awnings , Curtain Poles , Curtain Tracks , Motorised Curtains , Motorised Blinds , Roof Blinds , Carpets and Wooden Flooring

Curtains - made to measure curtains in many different styles - traditional and contemporary. Pinch pleat curtains, goblet pleat curtains, eyeletted curtains, pencil pleat curtains, lined curtains, interlined curtains or blackout lined curtains also hard or soft pelmets, festoons or swags and tails if required.

Fabrics - from a diverse range of suppliers including less well known trade suppliers who can offer excellent value but also many well known designer names, a few of whom we have provided links to

Cole & Son - - - Designers Guild - - - Christian Lacroix - - - Edinburgh Weavers - - - Romo
Osborne & Little - - - Sanderson - - - Colefax and Fowler - - - Mark Alexander
- - - Jane Churchill
Black Edition - - - Manuel Canovas - - - Villa Nova - - - JAB- - - Andrew Martin - - - Lorca
 Harlequin - - - Kirkby Design - - - Carlucci di Chivasso - - - Morris & Co - - - Prestigious - - - Kai
Nina Campbell - - - Linwood - - - Scion - - - KU-Excellence - - - Christopher Farr Cloth - - - Blendworth

Blinds - when it comes to blinds we supply all types - roller blinds, bottom up roller blinds, roman blinds, aluminium venetian blinds, wood slat venetian blinds, faux-wood venetian blinds, velux blinds, voile blinds, faux suede blinds, vertical blinds, panel blinds, pleated blinds, duette blinds, silhouette blinds, perforated blinds, blackout/dimout blinds, and more, made to measure blinds

Plantation shutters - Not all windows are suitable for shutters but for those that are suitable american style louvre shutters do offer a simple contemporary window treatment. We offer many styles of plantation shutter including cedarwood shutters, hardwood shutters, mdf shutters, tier on tier shutters, cafe style shutters and conservatory roof shutters

Awnings & Canopies - an excellent alternative to air conditioning and cheaper to run, architects have long realised how external shade solutions can prevent heat build up, and prevention is better than a cure. For al fresco entertaining it is difficult to find a better solution.

Secondhand Curtains, Curtain Agency - We no longer sell secondhand curtains, we do usually have some thick heavy door curtains made from ex display fabrics and discontinued neutral fabrics are sometimes available.

Curtain Tracks and Curtain Poles - we have nylon, aluminium and steel curtain tracks, corded and hand drawn, straight or bendable. We also have curtain poles in wood or metal, many of which can be corded and also successfully bent to fit bay windows. We also supply motorised curtain tracks for domestic and commercial applications supplied by the market leader Silent Gliss. Samples of some of these products are on display in our shop, and any of the items our suppliers offer in their online catalogues can be ordered, our suppliers include

Hunter & Hyland - - - Cameron Fuller - - - The Bradley Collection - - - Silent Gliss

Staff Installation Team - our senior staff fitter has over twenty years experience installing window treatments. We offer an installation service, we can also offer a repair and recording service - talk to us for details.

Swags and Tails, Pelmets, Covered Fascia/Lath, Cushions etc...



Changing Curtains offer a full service from measuring through to installation in Central London, North London, East London, Essex and Herts including the following areas. North London N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 N6 N7 N8 N9 N10 N11 N12 N13 N14 N15 N16 N17 N18 N19 N20 N21 N22 N23 North West London NW1 NW2 NW3 NW4 NW5 NW6 NW7 NW8 NW9 NW10 NW11 NW12 NW13 Central London SW1 W1 W2 W8 W9 EC1 EC2 EC3 EC4 WC1 WC2 City or West End Alexandra Park Angel Archway Arkley Barnet Barnsbury Bayswater Belgravia Belsize Park Borehamwood Bounds Green Brent Cross Brondesbury Park Burnt Oak Bushey Camden Canonbury Chalk Farm Childs Hill City Cockfosters Colindale Colney Hatch Covent Garden Cricklewood Crouch End De Beauvoir Docklands East Finchley Edgware Edmonton Elstree Enfield Finchley Finsbury Park Fortis Green Friern Barnet Golders Green Gospel Oak Hackney Hampstead Hampstead Garden Suburb Haringay Haringey Harringay Harrow Harrow Weald Hendon Highbury Highgate Holborn Holland Park Holloway Hornsey Islington Kensington Kentish Town Kilburn Kingsbury Kings Cross Ladbroke Grove Maida Vale Marble Arch Marylebone Mill Hill Mayfair Muswell Hill Neasden Notting Hill Old Street Palmers Green Ponders End Primrose Hill Radlett Regents Park Shenley Southgate Stamford Hill Stanmore Stoke Newington St Johns Wood Swiss Cottage Tottenham Totteridge Tufnell Park West End West Hampstead Westminster Whetstone Willesden Winchmore Hill Wood Green Woodside Park
We cover Central and North London as far as the M25 plus areas such as Cheshunt Colney Heath Cuffley Hatfield London Colney Potters Bar St Albans Waltham Abbey Waltham Cross and Welwyn Garden City, which are just beyond the M25. By limiting our area we feel we can offer a better level of service.

Outside of these areas we may be able to install for you, it would depend on what was required, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Inspiring Your Home
186 Archway Road, Highgate, North London, N6 5BB
020 3893 7778


Pinch pleat curtains - sometimes called triple pleat or french pleat - although you can create a twin pleat or even a single pleat sometimes called cartridge pleat. For pinch pleat we start by making up the curtains - pattern matched fabric, together with linings - we then create the pinch pleat heading by inserting a buckram stiffener between the layers of fabric and press and fold in the pinch pleats at regular intervals and then stitch the pleats into place.

Goblet pleat curtains - as the name implies, your curtains have a goblet pleated heading where each pleat is designed to look like a goblet. We start as before by making up the curtains and again we insert buckram into the heading between the layers of fabric, then instead of folding in a flat pleat and pressing we create a circular pleat running up and down in the heading which is then shaped to resemble a goblet and stuffed

Eyeletted curtains - curtains which have had eyelets pressed into the heading. Again we start by making up the curtains, and again we insert buckram between the layers of fabric, but then we use a hydraulic press to insert each eyelet into the heading. You then mount these curtains on a pole where the pole passes through the eyelets creating a sinuous effect. Eyelets are available in six colours.

Pencil pleat curtains - here the heading of the curtain is designed to look like a row of pencils - sometimes this heading is described as gathered. We start by making up the curtains and then we sew pencil pleat tape onto the back of the curtain at the top. Having stitched the tape on you then pull on the strings in the tape to gather the curtains to the desired width, and then you work at evening out the pleats along the heading so that the top of your pencil pleat curtains looks like a row of pencils.

Curtain linings - curtain lining is designed to protect your curtain fabric from the sun. We also have interlining - a blanket like looser woven cloth which hangs between the fabric and the lining. Interlinings are available in various weights and provide additional thermal and acoustic insulation, they also help lightweight fabrics hang well. We also have blackout lining, supersoft blackout lining which does not let light through but hangs beautifully. Curtain linings are also available in a wide range of colours.

Roller blinds - Possibly the simplest of all blinds, a roller blind is fabric rolled on a tube with a mechanism for raising and lowering. Roller Blinds are a window treatment familiar to all of us. Most roller blinds are sidewinder operated, with a roller chain - metal or plastic, roller blinds are also available with a sprung mechanism or fully motorised. Regular roller blinds or blackout roller blinds or voile roller blinds for privacy with a view.

Bottom up blinds - blinds which are fitted at the bottom of the window. You raise a bottom up blind for privacy. Usually a roller blind but you can use duette blinds or pleated blinds for this task or half height cafe shutters

Roman blinds - the structure of a roman blind is created by adding horizontal rods to the lining. As you raise the roman blind so it forms a series of pleats to stack at the top, thus a roman blind raised looks similar to a pelmet

Aluminium venetian blinds - available in a rainbow of colours, aluminium venetian blinds come in various slat widths and almost any size you want.  Much lighter than wood slat venetian blinds, aluminium alloy was hailed as a wonder material that could be used to make longer straighter slats that would not warp under any extreme of temperature or humidity which makes them especially useful for kitchens and bathrooms. Venetian blinds are basic slatted blinds made of metal or wood. Venetian blinds were patented by Edward Beran in London on 11 December 1769, but in reality Venetian blinds were invented by the Japanese long before then. The early history of the venetian blind is conjectural. The early Venetians, who were great traders, are thought to have brought the idea of the blind from Persia to Venice. The Venetian slaves, once freed, are then thought to have brought the blind to France for personal comfort and as a means of livelihood.

Wood slat venetian blinds - are very flexible in offering solutions to glare, shade and privacy both day and night.  Wooden blinds complement modern decor and come in a wide range of stains and colours with varying slat widths. Wood slat venetian blinds are simple, they are elegant and they are functional.  At Changing Curtains we have hundreds of different samples to choose from, we do have the finest bespoke english wood slat venetians in a range of fine timbers with either ladder cords or ladder tapes, however our best selling range is a wood slat blind that we cut to size.

Faux-Wood venetian blinds - very similar to Wood venetian blinds, but less likely to warp in damp or humid situations (bathrooms, wetrooms or conservatories), available in many excellent wood effect finishes plus modern greys and neutrals

Velux blinds - for velux windows. We only sell original velux blinds - not the copies, because original velux blinds work really well.. Blackout, privacy,duo or venetian we sell velux blinds at velux prices but also offer a fitting service on velux blinds we supply locally.

Voile blinds - a roller blind made from see through voile, an alternative to net curtains. We have voile roller blind fabric in many different colours and patterns

Vertical blinds - a series of louvres which hang vertically from a rail and which can be rotated or drawn back. Vertical blinds can be blackout or not as required.

Pleated & Duette blinds - A neat solution that stacks into a very tight space. Duette blinds have a honeycomb construction that provides extra insulation, blackout is available, and the cords are concealed inside the blind. Pleated blinds have a single concertina pleat with holes for the cords to run through. Pleated blinds are very popular in mainland Europe and are particularly suited to UPVC windows and doors. Options available include freehanging, roof, bottom up, bottom up and top down, and various shapes which is why they are so popular for conservatories.

Blackout / dimout blinds - blinds which block the light. Roller blinds, roman blinds, duette blinds and vertical blinds are all available as blackout. These blinds allow little or no light to pass through but you will get light wash at the edges

Plantation shutters - originally from the southern states of the USA and the West Indies plantation shutters usually hinge on either side of a window opening, and have louvres, or slats, that rotate open and closed to control light, visibility and airflow. Plantation shutters are described using different terms such as traditional shutters, California shutters, colonial shutters, american shutters, new england shutters or plantation shutters. Other interior shutters use solid panels that can be raised, recessed or flat, fabric inserts or stained glass. Plantation shutters can be configured in a single tier unit that has one shutter top to bottom of a window opening as well as multiple tiers. Multiple tier units feature separate shutters on each tier which allows the top shutters to be opened independently from the bottom shutters. Café type shutters or half height shutters refer to shutters that only cover the lower portion of a window.Full height shutters can be made with a horizontal divider rail which separates the upper and lower portions of the shutter. With operable louvered shutters this gives greater control as the louvers above the divider rail can be operated independently from the louvers below the divider rail. A tilt bar (rod) is used for adjusting louver position and to keep them in a uniform position it is possible to use what is termed a hidden tilt rod. Interior shutters can be constructed from any wood which can be painted or stained, we use basswood, paulownia, poplar and cedar, also available is MDF. The best quality shutters are now made with a laminated core to prevent the stiles from warping

Awnings & Canopies - Retractable awnings let owners control the weather on their own terms. When passing showers threaten, or when the sun gets hot, they or the fitted sensor unroll the awning for near-instant protection and shade. Lab test measurements show that it can be as much as 20 degrees cooler under an awning's canopy. Because awnings prevent the sun from shining through windows and sliding glass doors, they can keep temperatures inside cooler as well, which saves on air-conditioning costs. They can help prevent carpets and furniture from fading in sunlight. Awnings also provide a sheltered place for children and pets to play, shielded from direct sun.

Curtain Tracks & Curtain Poles - curtains need some form of track or pole to open and close. Curtain poles are made of wood or metal and can be bent for bay windows, corded curtain poles are also available. Curtain poles come in a wide variety of wood stains, metal finishes and paint colours. Curtain tracks are made from metal or plastic. Heavy duty metal curtain tracks bent for a bay window and corded are available, as are corded or uncorded straight curtain tracks. We also have nylon tracks which can be bent for a bay window hand draw only, we do not offer corded plastic tracks because there is not enough room in the track for proper insert pulleys or cord of reasonable thickness.

Changing Curtains have accounts with the following fabric suppliers and more - Colefax and Fowler    Sanderson    Kenzo    Camengo    Casa Deco    Romo    Osborne and Little    Morris & Co    Designers Guild    Jane Churchill    James Brindley    Nina Campbell    Andrew Martin    Casamance    Kai    Harlequin    Christian Lacroix   Prestigious    Manuel Canovas   Henry Bertrand    Monkwell    Hardy Fabrics    Bennett Silks     Ashley Wilde    Jim Thompson Silks    Blendworth


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