They hadn't left us any curtains anywhere in the house, other than one old pair in the back room so I got on eBay and managed to get curtains for every room in the house for no more than £25 per pair. eBay is a resource which I use more than almost any other for everything from clothing to homeware - you really do get fantastic bargains and you can also make money too. I urge you to give it a go.
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The specific curtains which I ended up with for the living room fitted perfectly both in length and width without taking any measurements they are a suede fabric on the top panel and a waffle fabric below. Against the cigarette stained cream walls, before we decorated, we were both concerned about the colour being too yellow, but supprisingly enough when they are against the pebble grey which we now have they look just perfect and we are both very pleased with the result. It is always worth waiting till the room is finished before dismissing any individual pieces for their colour for this very reason.