Silent Gliss introduced the unique ‘wave curtains’ heading system that turns traditional curtains into a striking modern design statement. As an alternative to traditional curtain headings such as pencil pleat, pinch pleat or goblet, the wave system offers a more contemporary, neat and stylish curtain presentation. The finished appearance is similar to that of eyelet curtains but the fabric hangs directly below the track in a neat and uniform style.
The ‘wave’ effect is created through combining a specially designed heading tape and wave glider-cord to get a soft and simple continuous wave effect. When opened the curtains stack back neatly and straight and when closed the fabric hangs in a smooth continuous wave effect.
Please note you don’t order a wave curtain in the same way you would a standard curtain. The width of the curtain is determined by the track length and the wave curtain style you select. Please refer to the tab headed Calculating Your Curtain Width and Drop for help.
Please also view our YouTube video that explains this in more detail.
Why Choose Wave Curtains?
The curtains maintain a structured form throughout the drop giving a neat and stylish look to your curtains
Minimal and contemporary in appearance
Reduced curtain stack depth maximising the light
Versatile – Can be used under pelmets and valances or on their own
Suitable for all curtain widths and room heights
Can be made into a long continuous curtain when using the Silent Gliss fabrics or other ‘Wide Width’ fabrics so there are no joins in your curtains
Can only be used on curtain tracks that have wave gliders
Here are the answers to the most common questions we receive with regards to wave gliders:
Q. What is the difference between 80mm and 60mm waves?
A. The spacing determines the depth of the wave. On an 80mm wave the gliders are spaced 8cm apart and on a 60mm wave they are 6cm apart. An 80mm wave gives a deeper wave (but fewer waves) and a 60mm wave gives shallower waves (but more of them).
Q. Should I go for an 80mm or 60mm wave?
A. This really comes down to personal preference but there are some considerations to take into account. If you are limited space wise (front to back) a 60mm wave requires less space. Please see the Silent Gliss chart below that shows the space required for each option.
If you want to achieve the slimmest stack back, or space is limited to the side of your window or door, you may wish to consider an 80mm wave. Likewise if you want your curtain to allow as much light into your room and not overhang the window (or door) an 80mm may be the preferred option. 60mm waves can look better on smaller windows as you get more of the wave effect as you get more ‘waves’ with the 60mm option.
Q. What are the stackback dimensions for a wave curtain?
A. An approximate stackback on an 80mm wave is 18cm per metre, and on a 60mm wave it is 23cm per metre.
Q. What does hook spacing mean?
A. Hook spacing determines the amount of fabric used and the fullness of the wave. The number refers to the number of pockets in between each curtain hook, so the further apart the hooks are positioned the more fabric is required for your wave curtain.
On a 60mm wave the hook spacing option is either 10 or 12. 12 gives the fullest curtain width. On an 80mm wave the hook spacing options are 14 or 16, with 16 giving the fullest curtain. Please see the below diagram that shows you the different options and curtain fullness for each option.
To simplify this there are in essence 4 depths of wave:
Slimmest wave 60mm 10 hook spacing
Going up to 60mm wave 12 hook spacing
Then the 80mm wave with 14 hook spacing
And finally 80mm wave with 16 hook spacing gives the deepest wave
Q. How do I know what my curtain width it?
A. The number of gliders on a wave curtain track is determined by the track length so the amount of fabric used is calculated from the track width. If you are making your curtains yourself once you know your track length you can use the Silent Gliss wave calculator (click here to download) to determine how many gliders will be on the track. Simply select the track you require, if you have a pair of curtains (P) or a single (S) curtain, 80mm or 60mm and the hook spacing and the calculator will work out the glider quantity and number of pockets per curtain. There are approximately 50 pockets per metre so you can work out your fabric requirement.
If we are supplying your curtains we will work out the fabric quantity for you from the track length.
Q. How do I work out the track length?
A. Again there is no right or wrong and this really comes down to your window / door, space around it, where you want your curtains to sit and the look you want to achieve.
If you are fixing the track wall to wall or in a recess we recommend you take the wall to wall measurement and deduct 10-15mm (this is just to be on the safe side to ensure the track fits).
If you aren’t fitting wall to wall as the stack back is a calculated measurement you can play around with track lengths to ensure the track is long enough for your curtain to clear your window or door (if this is the look you want to achieve).
Q. What is included with my track purchase?
A. If you purchase a Silent Gliss curtain track from The Home Of Interiors we include everything you need to put the track up. The end stops, end caps, gliders and brackets are all included.
Notes on brackets: if you are wall fixing you can’t use the standard nylon brackets that come as standard with the tracks. This is because these brackets don’t extend far enough away from the wall for the wave to sit nicely without touching your wall or window. If you purchase a track with wave gliders from us our prices includes the right wall brackets for either the 80mm or 60mm wave options. Please see below the Silent Gliss standard smart fix brackets that will be supplied as standard for the different wave options:
There is also a square smart fix bracket available from Silent Gliss. The square smart fix brackets are more expensive but are less visible so offer an aesthetic advantage. They also offer a solution if you are limited on space to fix the standard brackets.
For an optimum solution we can supply standard smart fix brackets for the end(s) of the curtain track as these will be hidden by the curtains, and square smart fix brackets for the track that is exposed when the curtains are open. Please note however that the standard smart fix brackets offer better support so are required for the end(s) if your curtains are medium weight. If your curtains are on the heavy side a couple may be needed at the end(s).
Ceiling brackets: the clamp style ceiling fix bracket is supplied on the tracks. This gives a lovely flush fit to the ceiling so complements the seemless look of the wave curtain.
Wall fixings: please note to ensure you have the right wall fixings for your wall construction i.e. if you are drilling into plasterboard please use specific wall fixings for plasterboard walls. There are a variety available in DIY or hardware stores.
Shop curtain hooks here. Please note you don’t need any specific curtain hooks for wave curtains. The Swish or Silent Gliss nylon ones are both suitable.
If you are purchasing a hand drawn track and don’t want to touch your curtains to open and close them the Silent Gliss draw rods are a popular accessory. Please select a draw rod carrier (please see image below) with your track purchase and this will be supplied on your track and the draw rod will clip onto this. Shop Silent Gliss draw rods here.
Q. What is an adjustable brake?
A. An adjustable brake is only available on a hand drawn wave track and keeps the curtains stacked back neatly so you get a nice, clean line on the leading edge of the wave curtain when they are opened. Please see diagram below that explains this.
Q.What is an extension arm carrier?
A. An extension arm carrier is only available on a corded wave track and is required on a track that will be supplied in 2 halves, or on a track for a single curtain. The extension arm ensures the curtain covers the connecting piece (when the track is supplied in 2 halves) and goes right to the end of the track for a single stack curtain. Please see diagram below.
Q. What is meant by enhanced wave?
A. Enhanced wave simply refers to the ‘add on’ of a draw rod carrier, adjustable brake or extension arm carrier (please see above).
I hope this answers all of your questions but please do get in touch if I have missed anything or if you’d like to have a chat about your requirements. Please email email@example.com call us on 01590 615775.
We appreciate the choice of fabrics could be a little overwhelming, so here is our list of the most popular fabrics for Wave Curtains:
Silent Gliss Fabrics:
Sheer – Colorama 1
Light Filtering – Colorama 2
Blackout – Sunset
Clarke & Clarke:
Light Filtering – Linoso
Please call or email for a quote for any non Silent Gliss fabrics.
There are other Silent Gliss fabrics that have a wide range of technical features including fabrics to help reduce noise and even help clean the air, as well as their market leading textiles offering superior light management. Take a look at our blog post for a full review of these features. We can supply any of their fabrics for your curtains so if you are looking for a more technical curtain with a particular functionality please get in touch to discuss your requirements. All of the Silent Gliss fabrics are all flame retardant and have been extensively tested on the curtain tracks to ensure consistent hanging behaviour.
As well as being able to supply all the Silent Gliss wave curtain fabrics, we can now offer wave curtains made from all the main fabric brands, including the best selling wave fabrics from Harlequin, Romo, Clarke & Clarke, Sanderson and many many more. If you have found a fabric from any of the main brands, give us a call and we can talk you though the options and quote on both the track and the curtains.
Please request any fabric samples by completing our contact form:
In addition to our standard linings, we are delighted to be offering a beautiful range of designer linings combining aesthetic appeal with functionality. These linings are perfect for creating a window dressing that looks stunning from inside and outside your home.
Designer Linings (non blackout) – choose from a stunning Pembroke Stripe or Plain Seabrook which features a fine herringbone design to mimic a weave effect. These linings are poly cotton sateen linings which drape beautifully to add a sophisticated finish to your curtains.
Pembroke Stripe available in: (from left to right)
Navy, Silver, Beige, Sage, Taupe, Charcoal
Seabrook available in: (from left to right)
Navy, Silver, Beige, Sage, Taupe, Charcoal, Ivory
Designer Blackout Linings – choose from a stunning Newbury Stripe or Seabrook featuring a subtle herringbone stripe to mimic a weave effect. The blackout linings are 3 pass polyester linings to add a sophisticated finish to your curtains.
Once an order has been placed and processed our customer service team will be in touch via email to advise a dispatch date and send a tracking link if available. The lead-time information on all products is advised in the product description or product specification tabs on the product pages. If you’d like us to check stock or advise delivery timings for a specific product please give us a call on 01590 615775 and a member of the team will be delighted to help.
Whilst we will endeavour to fulfil our delivery promises once the goods leave our warehouse we do rely on 3rd parties to fulfil their obligations. We therefore recommend that a fitter or decorator isn’t booked until the goods are safely in your hands and have been checked for damage and any missing items. We cannot be held responsible for any fitter or decorator cancellations.
Please refer to our Returns page for information on returning a product.
Prior to ordering!
We hope that you are delighted with your purchase. To reduce the likelihood of having to return a product, we do recommend paint sample pots, wallpaper and fabric swatches are ordered prior to ordering the full sized items. We can also send out ring samples, colour toggles or off cuts of curtain poles / tracks to ensure the colour is right before you commit to order. Please get in touch if we can offer any assistance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01590 615775 and a member of the team will be delighted to help.