Martin Lewis issues 'serious' warning to anyone who has curtains in their home

Martin Lewis has issued a 'serious' warning to any UK homeowner who has curtains in their home or are planning on buying the home essential.

The Money Saving Expert has told people how they could be saving hundreds when buying this product, reports Birmingham Live.

On the latest episode of The Martin Lewis Podcast, the expert asked people who had worked in the retail industry to write in with any money-saving tricks.

One former worker rang in and told Martin: "I used to work in fabrics and furnishings. My tips for buying curtains is that shops will often say you need to buy curtains two or three times the width of your window. Yes, they do look better with more gather but it's not actually needed, that's about aesthetics, that's great if you've got pots of money but actually one-and-a-half times is enough.

"Plus, if you buy with a thermal or blackout lining, they will last longer, it also insulates your home better."

Martin agreed with the retail worker and said: "That could save some serious amounts of money. Curtains are incredibly expensive."

He added: "Going for one-and-a-half times the width could have a material impact on your finances."

Female hold grey fabric curtain.
You don't need to buy super large curtains -Credit:Getty

Made to measure curtains that are of a high quality can cost up to a whopping £3,000, as Homehow explains on their website: "Depending on the complexity of the job, the average cost of fitting curtains is around £40-£400 per window.

"This includes the cost of the curtains, the hardware, and the installation."

The site explains how cheaper curtains can be in the £40 ballpark - but higher-quality versions could cost you a serious amount of money. The website added: "Simple nylon curtains will usually cost around £10-£40, whereas the price for professionally fitted custom-designed silk curtains on a large bay window is around £2000-£3000.

"The average cost for fitting a curtain pole or handrail is around £80-£150."

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