Window treatments can really finish off a room’s decor, but they can be expensive too. If you’re in the market for new window treatments, I’m going to share my thoughts on why it might be a good idea to choose custom window treatments over ready-mades when you’re getting ready to dress your windows.
Be sure to check out our Decorating With Window Treatments page for more ideas, tips and techniques for your windows!
Custom window treatments are a huge part of my business. I love how they can truly finish a room.
But, custom can be expensive. You almost need to think of custom window treatments as an investment, and plan to keep them for 5-10 years.
I know that’s not for everyone, but I hope to show you here some of the benefits of having custom window treatments made for your windows. Soon I’ll be writing a post about how to do custom window treatments on a budget.
I do want to clarify that I’m not saying all ready-made window treatments are bad, some are very nice.
5 Reasons To Choose Custom Window Treatments
1. They will be made to fit your windows – I think this is one of the biggest differences between custom window treatments and ready-mades. They will be made to fit your windows exactly.
If you have odd sized windows, you may have difficulty finding ready-made treatments that will be the correct length, width, or both. This roman shade was made to fit exactly inside the window trim.
I have seen so many ready-made panels that are too short or way too long. Also, it’s nice when your panels can be made wide enough to hang outside of the glass area. I talk more about this in my where to hang drapery panels post.
2. Better quality workmanship – Recently I had someone post this question to me on Facebook:
Hi! I was wondering about the hems of curtain panels. I bought some ready made panels with grommets, and they aren’t all the same length. Some are 1/2″ to 3/4″ too short. Can I adjust the hem on those panels so they’re all the same length? Thanks!
How frustrating! Now this is not going to happen to everyone who buys ready-mades, but I think it’s more likely when you buy something that is mass-produced in a factory instead of by an individual who fabricates in their studio.
3. Better quality fabrics and linings- Usually custom window treatments are made out of good quality fabrics and linings, but this is not always the case with ready-mades.
A few years ago, I had a client bring me 4 plaid silk drapery panels that she had bought on sale at a big name store. She wanted me to take the panels apart, and just use the fabric to make wider panels for her window. Unfortunately, the silk plaid fabric was not woven the same on each panel. Some of the panels were woven tighter than the others, so I could not match up the plaids at the seams for her. It was not a very nice end product.
Custom window treatments are usually made from better quality fabrics and linings. This makes matching patterns at the seams easier. Also, using good quality linings can actually extend the life of the fabrics. For instance, if you’re using a silk fabric, black out lining will help keep the sun from damaging the fabric.
4. Fabrics will be chosen for your decor – Another benefit of having custom window treatments made for you, is that you can have the treatments fabricated in the fabric or fabrics of your choice, instead of being limited to a few fabric choices. This is very helpful when you’re trying to coordinate with other elements in the room, and want to pull the look of the room together.
5. Custom details – Adding custom details, like trims, cording, knife-pleat ruffles and tassels, is one of my favorite things about custom window treatments. You can create a truly custom look that will not be like anyone elses.
OK, I’ll get off my soapbox now, as you can see I’m very passionate about custom window treatments! You can visit my Gallery to see more examples of custom window treatments.
What do you think? Custom window treatments or ready-mades?
Would you like some help with your windows? If so, just send me a picture of your window. I will feature one reader’s window each month by giving some suggestions for window treatment styles and fabrics with my computer rendering program. Pictures that are taken straight on to the window, and that don’t have any type of window treatment on them already will work best.
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