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

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Martin Lewis has issued a 'serious' warning to UK homeowners who have curtains in their homes or are considering purchasing them. According to Birmingham Live, he has shared advice on how to save hundreds when buying this essential household item.

In the latest episode of The Martin Lewis Podcast, he invited individuals who had worked in the retail industry to share any money-saving tips they might have. One former employee called in and advised: "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 concurred with the retail worker, stating: "That could save some serious amounts of money. Curtains are incredibly expensive."

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

As Homehow explains on their website, high-quality made-to-measure curtains can cost up to a staggering £3,000: "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 details that while more budget-friendly curtains may hover around the £40 mark, splurging on premium ones could significantly dent your wallet. The website further noted: "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."