The Denton Drapes Blog

I’ve decided to start a blog capturing some of the wonderful things we do each day in the Denton Drapes workroom.

The Main Workroom

We are a small soft furnishing business based in converted farm buildings in Salford near Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire in the UK. We’ve been operating since 1996 and specialise in hand made curtains and blinds using traditional techniques to produce beautiful soft furnishings.

Fabric Books in the Showroom

At the moment the team consists of two Directors, two office staff, six curtain makers and a fitter. The workroom houses all of our machines and two making tables, we have another table in the office, a small showroom, a store that doubles as a meeting room and a reception area with storage for finished product.

Denton Drapes Workroom Team

 Over the weeks we plan to use this blog to share with you some of the joys and tribulations of running a busy curtain workroom. I hope curtain folk will find it of interest and I look forward to reading your comments.

Work in Progress

15 thoughts on “The Denton Drapes Blog

  1. Gosh Penny, the blog will be great! I’ll feel like I’m there at Denton Dapes whenever I want to be now, keeping up with all the fab jobs you have going through the workroom.

    Thank you to you and Martin for a fabulous staff Christmas Party AND for including me too! Some folks might think 100 plus miles is a bit of a drive for a works do but it was worth EVERY mile!

    • Hi I’m a fellow curtain maker working from home in Surrey and totally new to blogging.

      I love your blog and would like to keep in touch, how can I follow you? Or subscribe?

      My own blog is if you would like to find out more.

      Many thanks and congratz again on a lovely blog!


      • Hi Paula

        Thank you for your kind words. Your own site and blog look great too.

        You should be able to subscribe using the RSS feeder in the top right hand corner.

        I’m also on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and always post there when I update the blog.

        You can find me there using the links on my Blogroll.

        I’m in touch with lots of curtain makers thanks to the internet, nice to add you to my list:-)


    • Hi Lorraine thank you so much for your lovely comments.
      Yes I was watching Susan’s Webinar a couple of weeks ago. I do really enjoy them but at 1-2am in the morning here they are a killer for the next day’s work.
      I will certainly take a look at your blog and become a follower.

  2. Hi Penny,
    Just wanted to thank-you for a brilliant website and blog.
    The inserts are interesting in the triple pleats, thanks for explaining exactly how you do them.

    regards Helen

    • Thank you Helen
      I am delighted you are enjoying reading my blog. I just love my job and hope that my tips and techniques inspire others.

      best wishes


  3. Hi from New Zealand.
    Thoroughly enjoyed your blog and the methods for making the contrast inserts in the pleats. Its great to be able to exchange fresh ideas and we are always looking for ways to keep us fresh and give us an edge. Makes us seem not so isolated down here in the Antipodes.
    We manage the Soft Furnishing Associates website for New Zealand ( and would love to give your blog a mention in our next newsletter, if you don’t mind. Look forward to following your blogs from now on.
    Best wishes,
    Jan Lambert.

    • Dear Jan

      Thank you for your email.
      It is really nice to know that you like my blog. Please feel free to give it a mention.
      I would appreciate it if you could send me a copy of the newsletter once it has been distributed.
      It would be very interesting to read.
      If you need any more info please feel free to ask.
      You may also be interested in Denton Drapes facebook page.
      It keeps you right up to date with the goings on in my workroom.

      Kindest Regards


  4. Hi Penny
    I have really enjoyed looking through your projects, and getting some tips! I work for Warwick Fabrics and have enjoyed making my own soft furnishings which helps when speaking with customers. I like the photgraphy of your work and the detail on how you do things. Great! Keep it up…

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