I have bought and installed these 250cm ones from Spotlight (well, the pencil pleated version) to good effect. I always choose curtains with pull cords. Easy to replace the cords DIY if required. However, the cords last for decades and it makes sure the curtains stay clean. Also bought some great pinch pleat curtains from Harris Scarfe for the IP. In Melbourne, it really is better to have curtains in winter. The IP has curtains in the living rooms and blinds in the bedrooms. For the living room, which has a six metre expanse of window, I just joined two sets together using the sewing machine. Six meters of thick curtains for just $240. I think it is a bit much expecting tenants to buy thermal curtains, that's the landlord's responsibility in my opinion.